Command Prompt is the command-line interface program in Windows 7 that's used to execute commands. You might not need to use Command Prompt very often, but it can really come in handy to troubleshoot certain Windows 7 problems or speed up certain tasks.
No matter what command you want to execute in Windows 7, you'll have to open Command Prompt first.
Time Required: Starting the Command Prompt tool in Windows 7 should only take a few seconds or so.
- Click on the Start button.
- In the search box, type the following:
- Click on Command Prompt in the search results listing.
Tip: If Command Prompt is listed first, which is likely, you can simply hit Enter on your keyboard instead of clicking the result with your mouse.
- Command Prompt will now open and you can use it to execute whatever command you're interested in running.
See my Windows 7 Command Prompt Commands list for details about all the commands available from the Command Prompt in Windows 7.
Note: See Tip #1 below if you see a message after executing a command about needing administrative rights or access to an elevated command prompt.
- Some commands require elevated privileges before they can be successfully executed. See How To Open an Elevated Command Prompt in Windows 7 for instructions on opening Command Prompt as an administrator in Windows 7.
- Not using Windows 7? See How Do I Open Command Prompt? for steps specific for the version of Windows you're running.