# List of Command Prompt Commands

## Complete list of CMD commands for Windows

The Command Prompt in Windows provides access to over 280 commands. These commands are used to do certain operating system tasks from a command-line interpreter instead of the graphical Windows interface we use most of the time.

For example, Command Prompt commands let you copy data to a different folder, format an entire disk, back up your files, send messages to other computers, restart your own computer, and much more. There are also several Command Prompt tricks and hacks that utilize some of these commands.

## CMD Commands

Below is a complete list of Command Prompt commands, often called CMD commands (and sometimes incorrectly as Command Prompt codes), available from the Command Prompt in Windows 10, Windows 8Windows 7Windows Vista, and Windows XP.

Since these commands work within the context of Command Prompt, you have to open Command Prompt to utilize them.

It's important to know that the commands in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP are called CMD commands or Command Prompt commands, and the commands in Windows 98/95 and MS-DOS are called DOS commands. We've included all of them in this list to help show changes in commands from operating system to operating system.

## Command Prompt Commands List

As mentioned above, we've also included DOS commands from MS-DOS and early ​versions of Windows:

Press Ctrl+F while using a desktop browser for a quick way to find more information about a specific command or to look for a particular keyword in this table.

## Operating System Specific Commands

If you're only interested in the commands available in your version of Windows or MS-DOS, we have accurate and detailed lists of commands for Windows 8commands for Windows 7commands for Windows XP, and DOS Commands.

Finally, we also have a comparison table of Windows commands, showing which appear in which version of Windows, which might be helpful depending on what you're after.