Command prompt is one of the most useful commands in Windows. It allows you to carry out most of the administrative tasks with ease. If you too use the command prompt to simplify most commands and reach specific applications in a jiffy, then you need to find a quicker way to reach command prompt.
In the following article, we will not just cover the general method, but also help you learn the other methods of how to launch command prompt in Windows.
How to open command prompt in windows
Access Command Prompt in Windows 95 and 98
Command prompt did not exist in versions such as Windows 95 and Windows 98 before the release of Windows XP. The command prompt however existed in the older and similar MS-DOS prompt. You can find command prompt in these versions using the command run command.
Access Command Prompt in Windows 7, Vista, or XP
Go to Start (Windows XP) or Start button (Windows 7 or Vista). You could even type command in the search box in the Start Menu in Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Just click on Command Prompt when you see it in the results.
Click on All Programs and go to Accessories. Select Command Prompt and it will open immediately.
You can even type command or cmd in the search window of Windows 7 and hit Enter. You will see command prompt in the result. Right-click on the result, and you can select Run as administrator.
Access Command Prompt in Windows 8 and 8.1
- Go to Apps from Start screen by swiping up from the bottom of the screen or just right-click anywhere on the screen and select All apps in Windows 8.1.
In Windows 8, you can open Command Prompt by holding Win and X keys together or right-click the Start button and select Command Prompt.
- In Apps, swipe or scroll on the right and find Windows System.
- Here, tap on Command Prompt and a new Command Prompt will open.
- Now type any command you need to run.
Or just go to Start screen and type Command or cmd and hit Enter. The command prompt will appear in the result. If you wish to run it as an administrator, then right-click the result and select Run as administrator.
Access Command Prompt in Windows 10
Tap on Start button and go to All apps. In case you are not using Desktop in Windows 10, then just tap on All apps button on the bottom-left of the screen.
Use Power User Menu to reach command prompt faster in Windows 10. Just press Win+X or right-click the Start button and select Command Prompt.
Look for Windows System folder from the list of apps and click it. Here, tap on Command Prompt.
Run any command you wish to in this command prompt window.
Another easy way is to type command or cmd in the search field in Windows 10 and tap on the command prompt result. In case you need to launch it as an administrator, then right-click on the command prompt result and then click on Run as administrator.
Windows 10 users can try using Cortana to access command prompt. Just say ‘Hey Cortana’ and say ‘Launch command prompt’ to open it.
These are a few ways that show you how to launch command prompt in Windows. Just try them and easily open Command Prompt to execute your commands.