Very useful admin run Commands for Windows


Good day all !

Today I decided to round up a list of very useful admin commands for CMD.

access.cpl - Accessibility Controls
hdwwiz.cpl - Add Hardware Wizard
appwiz.cpl - Add/Remove Programs
certmgr.msc - Administrative Tools
charmap - Character Map
chkdsk         -       Check Disk Utility
clipbrd   -        Clipboard Viewer
cmd -           Command Prompt
dcomcnfg - Component Services
compmgmt.msc - Computer Management
timedate.cpl - Date and Time Properties
ddeshare - DDE Shares
devmgmt.msc - Device Manager
directx.cpl - Direct X Control Panel (If Installed)
dxdiag - Direct X Troubleshooter
cleanmgr - Disk Cleanup Utility
dfrg.msc - Disk Defragment
diskmgmt.msc - Disk Management
diskpart - Disk Partition Manager
control desktop - Display Properties
desk.cpl - Display Properties
control color - Display Properties (w/Appearance Tab
drwtsn32 - Dr. Watson System Troubleshooting
verifier - Driver Verifier Utility
eventvwr.msc - Event Viewer
sigverif - File Signature Verification Tool
findfast.cpl - Findfast
control folders - Folders Properties
control fonts - Fonts
fonts - Fonts Folder
freecell - Free Cell Card Game
joy.cpl - Game Controllers
gpedit.msc - Group Policy Editor (XP Prof)
mshearts - Hearts Card Game
iexpress - Iexpress Wizard
ciadv.msc - Indexing Service
inetcpl.cpl - Internet Properties
ipconfig /all - IP Configuration (Display Connection
ipconfig /displaydns - IP Configuration (Display DNS Cache
ipconfig /flushdns - IP Configuration (Delete DNS Cache
ipconfig /release - IP Configuration (Release All
ipconfig /renew - IP Configuration (Renew All Connections)
ipconfig /registerdns - IP Configuration (Refreshes DHCP &
Re-Registers DNS)
ipconfig /showclassid - IP Configuration (Display DHCP Class ID)
ipconfig /setclassid - IP Configuration (Modifies DHCP Class
javaws - Java Control Panel (If Installed)
control keyboard - Keyboard Properties
secpol.msc - Local Security Settings
lusrmgr.msc - Local Users and Groups
logoff - Logs You Out Of Windows
winchat - Microsoft Chat
winmine - Minesweeper Game
control mouse - Mouse Properties
main.cpl - Mouse Properties
netstat - Netstat
control netconnections - Network Connections
ncpa.cpl - Network Connections
netsetup.cpl - Network Setup Wizard
notepad - Notepad
nvtuicpl.cpl - Nview Desktop Manager (If Installed)
packager - Object Packager
odbccp32.cpl - ODBC Data Source Administrator
osk - On Screen Keyboard
password.cpl - Password Properties
perfmon.msc - Performance Monitor
perfmon - Performance Monitor
telephon.cpl - Phone and Modem Options
powercfg.cpl - Power Configuration
control printers - Printers and Faxes
printers - Printers Folder
eudcedit - Private Character Editor
QuickTime.cpl - Quicktime (If Installed)
intl.cpl - Regional Settings
regedit - Registry Editor
mstsc - Remote Desktop
ntmsmgr.msc - Removable Storage
ntmsoprq.msc - Removable Storage Operator Requests
rsop.msc - Resultant Set of Policy (XP Prof)
sticpl.cpl - Scanners and Cameras
control schedtasks - Scheduled Tasks
wscui.cpl - Security Center
services.msc - Services
fsmgmt.msc - Shared Folders
shutdown - Shuts Down Windows
mmsys.cpl - Sounds and Audio
spider - Spider Solitare Card Game
cliconfg - SQL Client Configuration
sysedit - System Configuration Editor
msconfig - System Configuration Utility
sfc /scannow - System File Checker Utility (Scan
sfc /scanonce - System File Checker Utility (Scan Once At
Next Boot)
sfc /scanboot - System File Checker Utility (Scan On Every
sfc /revert - System File Checker Utility (Return to
Default Setting)
sfc /purgecache - System File Checker Utility (Purge File
sfc /cachesize=x - System File Checker Utility (Set Cache Size
to size x)
sysdm.cpl - System Properties
taskmgr - Task Manager
telnet - Telnet Client
tracert - Traceroute to hostname or IP
nusrmgr.cpl - User Account Management
utilman - Utility Manager
firewall.cpl - Windows Firewall
magnify - Windows Magnifier
wmimgmt.msc - Windows Management Infrastructure
syskey - Windows System Security Tool
wupdmgr - Windows Update Launches
tourstart - Windows XP Tour Wizard
write - Wordpad

Control Panel

CONTROL: opens the control panel window
CONTROL ADMINTOOLS: opens the administrative tools
CONTROL KEYBOARD: opens keyboard properties
CONTROL COLOUR: opens display properties.Appearance tab
CONTROL FOLDERS: opens folder options
CONTROL FONTS: opens font policy management
CONTROL INTERNATIONAL or INTL.CPL: opens Regional and Language option
CONTROL MOUSE or MAIN.CPL: opens mouse properties
CONTROL USERPASSWORDS: opens User Accounts editor
CONTROL USERPASSWORDS2 or NETPLWIZ: User account access restrictions
CONTROL PRINTERS: opens faxes and printers available
APPWIZ.CPL: opens Add or Remove programs utility tool
OPTIONALFEATURES: opens Add or Remove Windows component utility
DESK.CPL: opens display properties. Themes tab
HDWWIZ.CPL: opens add hardware wizard
IRPROPS.CPL: infrared utility tool
JOY.CP: opens game controllers settings
MMSYS.CPL: opens Sound and Audio device Properties. Volume tab
SYSDM.CPL: opens System properties
TELEPHON.CPL: Opens phone and Modem options
TIMEDATE.CPL: Date and Time properties
WSCUI.CPL: opens Windows Security Center
ACCESS.CPL: opens Accessibility Options
WUAUCPL.CPL: opens Automatic Updates
POWERCFG.CPL: opens Power Options Properties
AZMAN.MSC: opens authorisation management utility tool
CERTMGR.MSC: opens certificate management tool
COMPMGMT.MSC: opens the Computer management tool
COMEXP.MSC or DCOMCNFG: opens the Computer Services management tool
DEVMGMT.MSC: opens Device Manager
EVENTVWR or EVENTVWR.MSC: opens Event Viewer
FSMGMT.MSC: opens Shared Folders
NAPCLCFG.MSC: NAP Client configuration utility tool
SERVICES.MSC: opens Service manager
TASKSCHD.MSC or CONTROL SCHEDTASKS: opens Schedule Tasks manager
GPEDIT.MSC: opens Group Policy utility tool
LUSRMGR.MSC: opens Local Users and Groups
SECPOL.MSC: opens local security settings
CIADV.MSC: opens indexing service
NTMSMGR.MSC: removable storage manager
NTMSOPRQ.MSC: removable storage operator requests
WMIMGMT.MSC: opens (WMI) Window Management Instrumentation
PERFMON or PERFMON.MSC: opens the Performance monitor
MMC: opens empty Console
MDSCHED: opens memory diagnostics tools
DXDIAG: opens DirectX diagnostics tools
ODBCAD32: opens ODBC Data source Administrator
REGEDIT or REGEDT32: opens Registry Editor
DRWTSN32: opens Dr. Watson
VERIFIER: opens Driver Verifier Manager
CLICONFG: opens SQL Server Client Network Utility
UTILMAN: opens Utility Manager
COLORCPL: opens color management
CREDWIZ: back up and recovery tool for user passwords
MOBSYNC: opens Synchronization center
MSCONFIG: opens System Configuration Utility
SYSEDIT: opens System Configuration Editor (careful while using this command)
SYSKEY: Windows Account Database Security management (careful while using this command)

Windows utility and applications

EPLORER: Opens windows Explorer
IEXPLORER: Opens Internet explorer
WAB: opens Contacts
CHARMAP: opens Character Map
WRITE: opens WordPad
NOTEPAD: opens Notepad
CALC: opens Calculator
CLIPBRD: opens Clipbook Viewer
WINCHAT: opens Microsoft Chat Interface
SOUNDRECORDER: opens sound recording tool
WMPLAYER: opens Windows Media Player
MOVIEMK: Opens untitled Windows Movie Maker
OSK: opens on-screen Keyboard
MAGNIFY: opens Magnifier
WINCAL: opens Calendar
DIALER: opens phone Dialer
EUDCEDIT: opens Private Character Editor
NDVOL: opens the mixer volume
RSTRUI : opens Tool System Restore (For Vista only)
%WINDIR%\SYSTEM32\RESTORE\rstrui.exe: opens Tool System Restore (for XP only).
MSINFO32: Opens the System Information
MRT : launches the utility removal of malware.
Taskmgr : Opens the Windows Task Manager
CMD: opens a command prompt
MIGWIZ: Opens the tool for transferring files and settings from Windows (Vista only)
Migwiz.exe: Opens the tool for transferring files and settings from Windows (for XP only)
SIDEBAR: Open the Windows (Vista only)
Sigverif : Opens the tool for verification of signatures of files
Winver : Opens the window for your Windows version
FSQUIRT: Bluetooth Transfer Wizard
IExpress opens the wizard for creating self-extracting archives. Tutorial HERE
MBLCTR: opens the mobility center (Windows Vista only)
MSRA : Opens the Windows Remote Assistance
Mstsc : opens the tool connection Remote Desktop
MSDT: opens the diagnostic tools and support Microsoft
WERCON: opens the reporting tool and solutions to problems (for Vista only)
WINDOWSANYTIMEUPGRADE: Enables the upgrade of Windows Vista
WINWORD : opens Word (if installed)
PRINTBRMUI : Opens migration wizard printer (Vista only)

Disk management

DISKMGMT.MSC: opens disk management utility
CLEANMGR: opens disk drive clean up utility
DFRG.MSC: opens disk defragmenter
CHKDSK: complete analysis of disk partition
DISKPART: disk partitioning tool

Connection management

IPCONFIG: list the configuration of IP addresses on your PC (for more information type IPCONFIG/? in the CMD menu)
INETCPL.CPL: opens internet properties
FIREWALL.CPL: opens windows firewall
NETSETUP.CPL: opens network setup wizard

Miscellaneous commands

JAVAWS: View the cover of JAVA software (if installed)
AC3FILTER.CPL: Opens the properties AC3 Filter (if installed)
FIREFOX: Mozilla launches Firefox (if installed)
NETPROJ: allow or not connecting to a network projector (For Vista only)
LOGOFF: closes the current session
SHUTDOWN: shut down Windows
SHUTDOWN-A: to interrupt Windows shutdown
%WINDIR% or %SYSTEMROOT%: opens the Windows installation
%PROGRAMFILES%: Opens the folder where you installed other programs (Program Files)
%USERPROFILE%: opens the profile of the user currently logged
%HOMEDRIVE%: opens the browser on the partition or the operating system is installed
%HOMEPATH%: opens the currently logged user C: \ Documents and Settings \ [username]
%TEMP%: opens the temporary folder
VSP1CLN: deletes the cache for installation of the service pack 1 for Vista
System File Checker (Requires Windows CD if the cache is not available):
SFC / scannow: immediately scans all system files and repairs damaged files
SFC / VERIFYONLY: scans only those files system
SFC / Scanfil = “name and file path”: scans the specified file, and repaired if damaged
SFC / VERIFYFILE = “name and file path”: Scans only the file specified
SFC / scanonce: scans the system files on the next restart
SFC / REVERT: return the initial configuration (For more information, type SFC /? In the command prompt CMD.

Quick trick on How To Remove ALL Windows Temp Files


Windows has temp files stashed in a wide variety of places, including hidden directories that most people will never find.  These hidden temp file locations are some of the favorite hiding places for viruses and malware.  In some cases, they can slow down a computer that is running low on disk space.

The best application that I have found to accomplish this is TFC.EXE by Old Timer.

I clear all temp files
1. before running virus/malware scans
2. and on computers that are running slow.

Here is how I use TFC.exe to remove all these hidden temp files.

TFC (Temp File Cleaner) will clear out all temp folders for all user accounts (temp, IE temp, java, FF, Opera, Chrome, Safari), including Administrator, All Users, LocalService, NetworkService, and any other accounts in the user folder. It also cleans out the %systemroot%\temp folder and checks for .tmp files in the %systemdrive% root folder, %systemroot%, and the system32 folder (both 32bit and 64bit on 64bit OSs). It shows the amount removed for each location found (in bytes) and the total removed (in MB). Before running it will stop Explorer and all other running apps. When finished, if a reboot is required the user must reboot to finish clearing any in-use temp files.

TFC only cleans temp folders. TFC will not clean URL history, prefetch, or cookies. Depending on how often someone cleans their temp folders, their system hardware, and how many accounts are present, it can take anywhere from a few seconds to a minute or more. TFC will completely clear all temp files where other temp file cleaners may fail. TFC requires a reboot immediately after running. Be sure to save any unsaved work before running TFC.

Here is how to use TFC to remove all your hidden temp files.


Download your copy of TFC.exe

You can do a search for TFC.exe and Old Timer to find a current location that offers the file.

One such location is:


Close all open applications

Save your work and close all applications.


Run TFC.exe

All applications will be stopped and you maybe forced to reboot after the scan and removal process is completed.


TFC needs no installation and can be run clicking on the TFX.EXE file.

ARGH Java update pop up go away!


The problem when you go to the control panel and disable Java updates when you close the window if you go back it is re-enabled, not sure why they would even have that if it doesn’t work.
I manage a lot of computers that reset themselves when the user logs of or the computer is rebooted, the java update popup is just an annoying waste of time for those users. For these I need to update when I say.
Also some of my equipment that I manage works best with old java and browser, I know there are work rounds but I have my own, I have a virtual desktop that I run what I need and it is okay since I only use it for certain task. Otherwise you should probably keep things up to date.


Using Explorer locate the java control panel (javacpl.exe)

The javacpl.exe file for 32-bit Windows Vista and higher is located at.

C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\javacpl.exe, or
C:\Program Files\Java\jre7\bin\javacpl.exe, depending on the Java release   you’re using.

For Windows Vista x64, Windows 7 x64 or Windows 8 x64 you should instead   look for:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre6\bin\javacpl.exe, or
C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre7\bin\javacpl.exe
Right click the javacpl.exe and run with admin privileges.
Uncheck java update, save and then reopen it to check that the setting is   sticking.


Cool trick on changing local user or admin passwords on remote computers


Hello everyone, here is a cool trick if you ever need change local user, or admin passwords on a remote network.

You can change all the “Administrator” or other common local user accounts passwords on all the PCs in your network with a simple line of code.

You need to have admin rights over those PCs. Test it with a single test PC before doing it in a grant scale to avoid unwanted results.

1.   Obtain PSToolsYou can get PSTools from
2.   Open the Command ConsoleTo open the Command Console
1. Click on Start
2. Click on “Run”
3. Type “CMD” in the “Run” box.
4. Change the prompt to the PSTools folder by typing the full folder path.   Example: C:\Blabla\PSTools
3.   For a single computerInside the Command Console type:pspasswd.exe \\Remote_computer_name -u user_name -p new_password

Obviously you would replaced Remote_computer_name with the   name of your remote PC, user_name with the actual username, and new_password   with the actual new password for that user.

4.   For a multiple computers:1. Create a text file named PCs.txt or whatever you want   .txt with the names of the PCs to change a given local user’s password. One   computer name per line, no spaces or extra lines.2. Save the text file in the PSTools folder for   convenience or you’ll have to type the full file path in the command.

3. Inside the Command Console type:
pspasswd.exe @pcs.txt -u user_name -p new_password

Where did my recent folder go in Windows 8?



Hello everyone!

I have been getting this question a lot so, I am going to create a post on how you can find the elusive Windows8 recent folder.  This folder is used by many people to open the last files that they have been editing.
Here is how it is done!

1:Press Windows Key + R

2: This will bring up the run console.

3: Type in recent

4: Vola! there it is, you can drag the icon and make a desktop shortcut if you like.

Thanks and I hope this helps!