At least once you had the need to start system applications from command line. Every administrator probably know commands for most used system applications, but no one have knowledge for all RUN commands.

This is a one big list of RUN commands, which will probably very useful for Windows administrators.


Administrative Tools

Administrative Tools = control admintools

Authorization Manager = azman.msc

Component Services = dcomcnfg

Certificate Manager = certmgr.msc

Direct X Troubleshooter = dxdiag

Display Languages = lpksetup

ODBC Data Source Administrator = odbcad32

File Signature Verification Tool = sigverif

Group Policy Editor = gpedit.msc

Add Hardware Wizard = hdwwiz.cpl

iSCSI Initiator = iscsicpl

Iexpress Wizard = iexpress

Local Security Settings = secpol.msc

Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool = msdt

Microsoft Management Console = mmc

Print management = printmanagement.msc

Printer User Interface = printui

Problems Steps Recorder = psr

People Near Me = p2phost

Registry Editor = regedit or regedt32

Resoure Monitor = resmon

System Configuration Utility = msconfig

Resultant Set of Policy = rsop.msc

SQL Server Client Configuration = cliconfg

Task Manager = taskmgr

Trusted Platform Module = tpm.msc

TPM Security Hardware = TpmInit

Windows Remote Assistance = msra

Windows Share Folder Creation Wizard = shrpubw

Windows Standalong Update Manager = wusa

Windows System Security Tool = syskey

Windows Script Host Settings = wscript

Windows Version = winver

Windows Firewall with Advanced Security = wf.msc

Windows Memory Diagnostic = MdSched

Windows Malicious Removal Tool = mrt


Computer Management

Computer Management = compmgmt.msc or CompMgmtLauncher

Task Scheduler = control schedtasks

Event Viewer = eventvwr.msc

Shared Folders/MMC = fsmgmt.msc

Local Users and Groups = lusrmgr.msc

Performance Monitor = perfmon.msc

Device Manager = devmgmt.msc

Disk Management = diskmgmt.msc

Services = services.msc

Windows Management Infrastructure = wmimgmt.msc


Control Panel

Control Panel = control

Action Center= wscui.cpl

Autoplay = control.exe /name Microsoft.autoplay

Backup and Restore = sdclt

Create a System Repair disc = recdisc

BDE Administrator = bdeadmin.cpl

Color Management = colorcpl

Credential Manager = control.exe /name Microsoft.CredentialManager

Credential Manager Stored User Names and Passwords = credwiz

Date and Time Properties = timedate.cpl

Default Programs = control.exe /name Microsoft.DefaultPrograms

Set Program Access and Computer Defaults = control appwiz.cpl,,3 or ComputerDefaults

Devices and Printers = control printers

Devices and Printers Add a Device = DevicePairingWizard

Display = dpiscaling

Screen Resolution = desk.cpl

Display Color Calibration = dccw

Cleartype Text Tuner = cttune

Folders Options = control folders

Fonts = control fonts

Getting Started = GettingStarted

HomeGroup = control.exe /name Microsoft.HomeGroup

Indexing Options = control.exe /name Microsoft.IndexingOptions

Internet Properties = inetcpl.cpl

Keyboard = control keyboard

Location and Other Sensors = control.exe /name Microsoft.LocationandOtherSensors

Location Notifications = LocationNotifications

Mouse = control mouse or main.cpl

Network and Sharing Center = control.exe /name Microsoft.NetworkandSharingCenter

Network Connections = control netconnections or ncpa.cpl

Notification Area Icons = control.exe /name Microsoft.NotificationAreaIcons

Parental Controls = control.exe /name Microsoft.ParentalControls

Performance Information = control.exe /name Microsoft.PerformanceInformationandTools

Personalization = control desktop

Windows Color and Appearance = control color

Phone and Modem Options = telephon.cpl

Power Configuration = powercfg.cpl

Programs and Features = appwiz.cpl or control appwiz.cpl

Optional Features Manager = optionalfeatures or control appwiz.cpl,,2

Recovery = control.exe /name Microsoft.Recovery

Regional and Language = intl.cpl

RemoteApp = control.exe /name Microsoft.RemoteAppandDesktopConnections

Sound = mmsys.cpl

Volume Mixer = sndvol

System Properties = sysdm.cpl or Windows logo key + Pause/Break

SP ComputerName Tab = SystemPropertiesComputerName

SP Hardware Tab = SystemPropertiesHardware

SP Advanced Tab = SystemPropertiesAdvanced

SP Performance = SystemPropertiesPerformance

SP Data Execution Prevention = SystemPropertiesDataExecutionPrevention

SP Protection Tab = SystemPropertiesProtection

SP Remote Tab = SystemPropertiesRemote

Windows Activation = slui

Windows Activation Phone Numbers = slui 4

Taskbar and Start Menu = control.exe /name Microsoft.TaskbarandStartMenu

Troubleshooting = control.exe /name Microsoft.Troubleshooting

User Accounts = control.exe /name Microsoft.UserAccounts

User Account Control Settings = UserAccountControlSettings

User Accounts Windows 2000/domain version = netplwiz or control userpasswords2

Encryption File System = rekeywiz

Windows Anytime Upgrade = WindowsAnytimeUpgradeui

Windows Anytime Upgrade Results = WindowsAnytimeUpgradeResults

Windows CardSpace = control.exe /name Microsoft.cardspace

Windows Firewall = firewall.cpl

WindowsSideshow = control.exe /name Microsoft.WindowsSideshow

Windows Update App Manager = wuapp


Calculator = calc

Command Prompt = cmd

Connect to a Network Projector = NetProj

Presentation Settings = PresentationSettings

Connect to a Projector = displayswitch or Windows logo key + P

Notepad = notepad

Microsoft Paint = mspaint.exe

Remote Desktop Connection = mstsc

Run = Windows logo key + R

Snipping Tool = snippingtool

Sound Recorder = soundrecorder

Sticky Note = StikyNot

Sync Center = mobsync

Windows Mobility Center (Only on Laptops) = mblctr or Windows logo key + X

Windows Explorer = explorer or Windows logo key + E

Wordpad = write

Ease of Access Center = utilman or Windows logo key + U

Magnifier = magnify

Narrator = Narrator

On Screen Keyboard = osk

Private Character Editor = eudcedit

Character Map = charmap

Ditilizer Calibration Tool = tabcal

Disk Cleanup Utility = cleanmgr

Defragment User Interface = dfrgui

Internet Explorer = iexplore

Rating System = ticrf

Internet Explorer (No Add-ons) = iexplore -extoff

Internet Explorer (No Home) = iexplore about:blank

Phone Dialer = dialer

Printer Migration = PrintBrmUi

System Information = msinfo32

System Restore = rstrui

Windows Easy Transfer = migwiz

Windows Media Player = wmplayer

Windows Media Player DVD Player = dvdplay

Windows Fax and Scan Cover Page Editor = fxscover

Windows Fax and Scan = wfs

Windows Image Acquisition = wiaacmgr

Windows PowerShell ISE = powershell_ise

Windows PowerShell = powershell

XPS Viewer = xpsrchvw

Open Documents folder = documents

Open Pictures folder = pictures

Open Music folder = music

Open Videos folder = videos

Open Downloads folder = downloads

Open Favorites folder = favorites

Open Recent folder = recent

Logs out of Windows = logoff

Locks User Account = Windows logo Key + L


If you know anything what are not on this list, feel free to tell me.

Cheers ! 🙂

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