How to open Command Prompt in Windows – Run CMD Command Line (Steps)

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Opening “command prompt” in Windows is a very easy job. However, there are lots of Microsoft Windows versions released, that don’t use an identical method to open command prompt. In this page, we’ll give the steps how to open the command prompt in Windows 7,  8, 8.1, 10, Vista, XP, Server edition separately?

What is Command Prompt

The command prompt is used to execute the commands. Before the graphical interface of Microsoft Windows, the command prompt (DOS) was the only platform where all commands could run. Command prompt’s other names are: Command Line, CMD, DOS, Command Shell etc.  It is a very powerful Interface to run commands. Although, the command prompt is still very powerful yet. Microsoft Windows can’t handle some commands properly sometimes, but command prompt (CMD) does the job very smoothly all the time.

Command Prompt

How to open command prompt in Windows (Steps)

Most of the commands need administrative privileges to run them. In order to get the administrator permission of command prompt, you need to open command prompt as administrator mode. We suggest you to open command prompt as administrator every time you need. Let’s see how to do it.

Choose your Microsoft Windows version from the below list and then follow its steps to open the command prompt in Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista, XP, Servers

How to open Command Prompt in Windows XP

  1. Click on the Start button (Press Window Key).
  2. Click on Programs
  3. Click on Accessories
  4. Click on “Command Prompt
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How to open Command Prompt in Windows Vista, 7

  1. Click on the Start button (Press Window Key).
  2. Type in the search bar “command prompt
  3. Right-click on the found result and then click on “Run as administrator
  4. Click on Yes. A “user account control” may ask you to allow to open command prompt with administrative privileges.
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How to open Command Prompt in Windows 8

  1. Move your mouse pointer to the very left-bottom corner and right-click on there. You’ll get a menu.
  2. Click on “Command Prompt (Admin)
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  3. Click on Yes. The “user account control” will ask you to allow to open command prompt with administrative privileges.

How to open Command Prompt in Windows 10, 8.1

  1. Click on the Start button (Press Window Key).
  2. Type in the search bar “command prompt
  3. Right-click on the found the result and then click on “Run as administrator
  4. Click on Yes. The “user account control” may ask you to allow to open command prompt with administrative privileges.

Also See: Powershell in Windows 10 – more powerful then command prompt.

Watch a video tutorial how to open command prompt in Windows 7, 8.1, 10

How to open Command Prompt through a keyboard shortcut

We are sharing with you a keyboard shortcut method to open the command prompt window quickly.

  1. Press Window + R keys from you keyboard together to open the run box.
  2. Type CMD and then press Enter key from your keyboard to open the command prompt.

You can make a shortcut on your desktop area to open the command line.

How to open Command Prompt on the login screen (without login)

You can easily open command prompt on login screen using “Safe mode with command prompt” mode.

  1. Do reboot your computer in “Safe mode with command prompt” mode and then the command prompt window will open up automatically at startup.

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