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How to open command prompt in Windows 8


Posted Date: 14-Sep-2011  Last Updated:   Category: Windows 8    
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Are you missing the good old command prompt in Windows 8 developer preview build? In this quick post, I will discuss how you can launch the command prompt in Windows 8.

If you open Windows 8, you will be quite amazed at the way Microsoft changed the UI. The new metro style UI is very prominent and you won't notice the hidden old interface anywhere, until you click on the desktop.

Even if you come to the desktop on the Windows 8, you will see a lot of difference from the Windows 7 start menu. There is a start menu in the same old position, but when you click on it, it will take you back to the previous screen. You will not see your old Programs Menu and classic start button. Some of used to find our applications quickly by searching them in the "Run" box. But that is also missing.



So, where do we find the command prompt in Windows 8? I am sure there will be a way to see the programs menu, Run command and classic Start menu. Until I figure out and share how to access those good old features, here is a way you can run the command prompt in Windows 8

I figured out couple of ways to launch the command prompt in Windows 8:

Option 1. When you are in the Metro UI, start typing "cmd". It will automatically go in to search mode and will search for what you typed (cmd). See the picture below:



Option 2: You can open the command prompt by starting the cmd.exe in the windows system32 folder.

* Open Windows Explorer.

* Navigate to the folder C:\Windows\System32

* Look for the application CMD.EXE and double click on it.

It will open the command prompt, which look exactly same as before!

You can double click on cmd.exe and choose "Pin to Taskbar" which will add a shortcut to the taskbar for easy access to the command prompt in future.

Option 3: I just figured out how to open the RUN dialog in Windows 8, which can be used to open command prompt or any other applications by typing it in the RUN dialog.

To open the RUN dialog, press the Windows key and then press "R". This will open the RUN dialog for you. To open the command prompt from here, type "cmd" and press ENTER.


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Responses to "How to open command prompt in Windows 8"
Guest Author: S.Omkar     17 Nov 2011
Thanks a lot.


Guest Author: Omer     02 Mar 2012
Actually there is an easier way, right click on the Metro UI, you will see "All Apps" at the bottom, click on it, all the applications will be listed on the screen, including the calculator, command prompt, notepad, paint, etc...

Omer
owner of http://www.sholod.com/



Guest Author: Freek van Geest     12 Mar 2012
Yet another way to open the cmd.exe: in Desktop right click the taksbar and add the Address taskbar. In here you can do most of the things you would otherwise need the Run dialog for. This works in previous versions of WIndows too.


Author: Robin Brown    06 Nov 2012Member Level: Bronze   Points : 1
Easiest way to access command prompt, device manager, control panel etc in Windows 8 is as follows:

1) Take cursor to bottom left corner of screen -Start icon appears
2) Right click on Start icon; all the familiar command tools are listed and available for use.



Guest Author: H3ather     12 Dec 2012
You can also just open the file manager and type "cmd" in the address bar.


Guest Author: Armorer     15 Jan 2013
Even easier way, shift + right click on the folder to get the advanced menu options.


Guest Author: leah     26 Feb 2013
Gateway has no Ip address next to it. What should i do?


Guest Author: sudahnshu     14 May 2013
When I am making a bootable disk, in the beginning, it is working but after when I do the 4th step of booting, its not working.


Guest Author: Tommy Morton     11 Jul 2013
You might want to look at iobit.com. They have a free utility download called START MENU 8. I have been using it and it is great.

Link to Download:
http://www.iobit.com/iobitstartmenu8.php



Guest Author: Luis Pinzon     21 Aug 2013
Windows Key + X is the fastest way


Guest Author: LevE     06 Jan 2014
More ways to start cmd.

Place the shortcut on the desktop.

1. Right click the desktop. A popup menu appears.
2. Select New->Shortcut. "Create Shortcut" dialog box is shown.
3. In the textbox type "cmd", click next and then "Finish"

A shortcut cmd.exe is placed on the desktop. You can double click it to start command prompt or right click to run as administrator.



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