7 Launch the Command Prompt using the WinX menu
1. How to open Command Prompt from the Start Menu
On your Windows 10 PC, open the Start Menu and go to the Windows Systemshortcuts folder. There, you’re going to find a Command Prompt shortcut: clickor tap on it to open CMD.How to open Command Prompt from Windows 10’s Start MenuIf you want to run Command Prompt as an administrator, right-click or pressand hold on its shortcut, then open the More sub-menu and finally, click ortap “Run as administrator.” Alternatively, you can also hold the Ctrl andShift keys pressed and click or tap on the Command Prompt shortcut to launchCMD as admin.Command Prompt Run as administrator in the Start Menu from Windows 10
2. Open Command Prompt using search
In Windows 10, one of the fastest ways to open Command Prompt is to usesearch. Inside the search field from your taskbar, enter command or cmd. Then,click or tap on the Command Prompt result.Search for cmd to open Command Prompt in Windows 10If you want to launch Command Prompt as administrator, use the “Run asadministrator” link from the right side of the search panel. Alternatively,you can also right-click (or press and hold, if you use a touchscreen) on theCommand Prompt search result, and then choose “Run as administrator.”Run as administrator the Command Prompt in Windows 10
4. Create a Command Prompt shortcut on your desktop or in any folder you
wantIf you prefer using shortcuts, then you should create a shortcut to theCommand Prompt. This guide shows you how to do it: How to create shortcuts forapps, files, folders, and web pages in Windows. Basically, you have to right-click or press and hold on an empty space on your desktop or in any otherfolder, then go to New in the contextual menu, and click or tap on Shortcut.Next, in the Create Shortcut wizard, point your new shortcut to cmd, give it aname (like Command Prompt, or Old-School Terminal :), and save it.Create a Command Prompt shortcut
6. Pin Command Prompt to your taskbar or Start Menu
If you would rather have a clean desktop, you might prefer to pin the CommandPrompt to the taskbar or to the Start Menu. To find and open Command Prompt inthe Windows 10 Start Menu, click or tap Start, scroll down the list of apps,and open the Windows System folder. Right-click or press and hold on theCommand Prompt shortcut. In the menu that opens, you have options to “Pin toStart” for the Start Menu and More. When you choose More, the menu extendswith the first option to “Pin to taskbar.”Pin to Start and Pin to taskbar: Command Prompt in Windows 10From now on, use the shortcut that you have pinned to open Command Prompt.Also, if you want to run Command Prompt as administrator, use the right-clickmenu on the shortcut pinned on your Start Menu or taskbar, and click/tap the“Run as administrator” option from it.Run Command Prompt as administrator using its pinned shortcut
7. Launch the Command Prompt using the WinX menu
Windows 10 includes a hidden menu for power users, which you can access fromthe desktop. The quickest way to launch it is to press the Win + X keys onyour keyboard, but you can also do it with right-click (or press and hold) onthe Windows logo from the bottom-left corner of your desktop. In earlyversions of Windows 10 (before Creators Update), this menu includes twoshortcuts for the Command Prompt: one to run it as a regular user and one torun it as an administrator.Command Prompt in the Power User menu (Win+X)After the Creators Update was released, Windows 10 replaced the Command Promptshortcuts with Powershell shortcuts. However, you can configure Windows 10 togo back to showing Command Prompt shortcuts in its power user menu. You canfind out how to do that in this tutorial: Add the Control Panel and theCommand Prompt to the WinX menu in Windows 10.
8. How to open Command Prompt from File Explorer’s address bar
You can also open Command Prompt using the address bar from File Explorer. Allyou have to do is type cmd in the address bar and press Enter. Then, a CommandPrompt instance opens immediately, using the path of the current folder.Open Command Prompt from File ExplorerFor more details, read this tutorial: How to run commands from Windows 10’sFile Explorer. Unfortunately, you cannot open Command Prompt as anadministrator using this method.
9. Open Command Prompt using its cmd.exe executable file
You can also open Command Prompt using its cmd.exe file. Open File Explorer,navigate to the partition where Windows is installed, open the Windows folder,and then enter System32. There, you’re going to find cmd.exe – the executablefile used by Command Prompt.Open Command Prompt by running cmd.exeAlso, the easiest way to open it as an administrator is to right-click (orpress and hold it, if you have a touchscreen) and then click/tap on the “Runas administrator” option from the contextual menu.Run as administrator cmd.exe
11. Open Command Prompt from the Task Manager
You can open Command Prompt using the Task Manager. Launch Task Manager (aquick way is by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc). If you get the compact view ofthe Task Manager, first press More details in the bottom-left corner of thewindow. Open the File menu, select “Run new task,” and then type cmd in the“Create new task” window. Hit Enter on your keyboard or press the OK buttonand Command Prompt opens.Start the Command Prompt using Task ManagerAlso, if you want to run Command Prompt as administrator, mark the checkbox“Create this task with administrative privileges” before you press Enter orthe OK button.Start Command Prompt with administrator privileges from Task Manager
12. Ask Cortana to open Command Prompt
If you have a microphone installed on your Windows 10 computer or device, youcan also tell Cortana what you want to do. Say “Hey Cortana” if you enabledher to answer you anytime you call for her, or click/tap on her icon next tothe search field on your taskbar. Then, ask Cortana to “open Command Prompt.”Telling Cortana to open Command PromptIn just a moment, Cortana understands what you want and immediately launchesthe Command Prompt. Unfortunately, there is no command you could use to askCortana to launch Command Prompt as administrator.
13. How to open Command Prompt when you boot Windows 10 using the Advanced
Startup OptionsIf you need to run advanced commands in Command Prompt and your Windows 10 PCno longer works properly, you might need a way to open CMD at boot, beforeWindows 10 loads itself completely. To do that, you can use the Recoveryoptions. Here’s how:Open the Settings app and navigate to Update & Security. Select Recovery onthe left side of the window, and click or tap on Restart now in the Advancedstartup section from the right.Entering the Advanced Startup options from Windows 10On the Choose an option screen, press Troubleshoot.The troubleshoot button from the Choose an option screenThen, click or tap on Advanced options.The Advanced options button from the Troubleshoot screenThis brings you to the Advanced options screen. Here, you should get an entrycalled Command Prompt. Click or tap on it.Open Command Prompt from Windows 10’s recovery optionsYour Windows 10 computer or device reboots and then asks you to choose a useraccount from the list of administrators configured on the PC. Select it andenter your password if asked.Choosing the admin user account to useFinally, Windows 10 opens the Command Prompt as administrator.The Command Prompt is openedYou can now use CMD to do anything you want, including performing advancedtasks such as boot repairs or partition management with diskpart, forinstance.
14. How to open Command Prompt while installing Windows 10
We have another neat method of opening Command Prompt even when Windows 10 isnot installed on your computer. It also works when your Windows 10 iscorrupted that it can’t boot properly. Use a Windows 10 installation media toboot your computer or device. When the Windows 10 setup wizard shows up,simultaneously press the Shift + F10 keys on your keyboard to open CommandPrompt.Press Shift + F10 to open Command Prompt when installing Windows 10It’s as simple as that! 🙂
4) Using Windows + X command
Another simple way to open the command prompt is to just click the Windows + Xkeys on your keyboard. This will open a context menu of the Start button. Fromthe options, just click on Command Prompt or Command Prompt (Admin).