Run Commands in Windows

Here’s a partial list of Run commands used to execute programs in Windows. Once you memorize them, it can be easier to type the executable then to navigate Windows. Note that you can run most of these in the Run prompt or the Command Prompt or PowerShell.

To open Run, press the Windows + R keys on the keyboard or right-click Start and select Run. Don’t forget, the Search option works pretty well too!

I omitted .exe extensions, and will be adding to the list as time goes on. Please let me know if there are any typos. Bookmark this page.

Run Commands

About Windowswinver
Administrative Toolscontrol admintools
Certificate ManagerCertmgr.msc
Character MapCharmap
Command Promptcmd
Computer Managementcompmgmt.msc
Credential ManagerControl /name Microsoft.CredentialManager
Date and TimeTimedate.cpl
Device Managerdevmgmt.msc
DirectX Diagnostic Tooldxdiag
Disk Cleanupcleanmgr
Disk Managementdiskmgmt.msc
Event Viewereventvwr
File Explorer/Windows ExplorerExplorer (Windows + E)
Folder Options (also known as File Explorer Options)Control folders
Internet PropertiesInetcpl.cpl
Local Group Policy Editorgpedit.msc
Local Security Policysecpol.msc
Local Users and Groupslusrmgr.msc
Microsoft Management Consolemmc
Network ConnectionsNcpa.cpl
Optimize Drives/Disk Defragmenterdfrgui
Performance Monitorperfmon
PowerShell ISE 5.1Powershell_ise Or type “ise” from the PowerShell!
PowerShell Core 6 and higher (if installed)pwsh
Print Managementprintmanagement.msc
Programs and FeaturesAppwiz.cpl
Registry Editorregedit
Remote Desktop Connectionmstsc
Resource Monitorresmon
Services console windowservices.msc
Sound (dialog box)Mmsys.cpl
System Configuration (msconfig)msconfig
System Informationmsinfo32 (Ctrl + Alt + F1)
System Properties dialog boxsysdm.cpl  
System Restore propertiessystempropertiesprotection
System windowcontrol system (Windows + Break)
Task Managertaskmgr (Ctrl + Shift + Esc)
Task Schedulertaskschd.msc
Windows Defender Firewallfirewall.cpl
Windows Defender Firewall with Advanced Securitywf.msc
Windows FeaturesoptionalFeatures
Windows Memory DiagnosticsMdsched

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