Run Commands in Windows 7

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A Windows 7 run command is just the executable for a particular program. In other words, a run command is the name of the actual file that starts an application.

Knowing a Windows 7 run command can be helpful if Windows won't start but you do have access to Command Prompt. Having quick access from the Run box is nice too.

Need help or don't see a run command you need? More help is below the table.

Run Commands in Windows 7

Run Command Cheat Sheet for Windows 7
Program Name Run Command
About Windows winver
Add a Device devicepairingwizard
Add Hardware Wizard hdwwiz
Advanced User Accounts netplwiz
Authorization Manager azman
Backup and Restore sdclt
Bluetooth File Transfer fsquirt
Calculator calc
Certificates certmgr
Change Computer Performance Settings systempropertiesperformance
Change Data Execution Prevention Settings systempropertiesdataexecutionprevention
Change Printer Settings printui
Character Map charmap
ClearType Tuner cttune
Color Management colorcpl
Command Prompt cmd
Component Services comexp
Component Services dcomcnfg
Computer Management compmgmt
Computer Management compmgmtlauncher
Connect to a Network Projector netproj
Connect to a Projector displayswitch
Control Panel control
Create A Shared Folder Wizard shrpubw
Create a System Repair Disc recdisc
Credential Backup and Restore Wizard credwiz
Data Execution Prevention systempropertiesdataexecutionprevention
Default Location locationnotifications
Device Manager devmgmt
Device Pairing Wizard devicepairingwizard
Diagnostics Troubleshooting Wizard msdt
Digitizer Calibration Tool tabcal
DirectX Diagnostic Tool dxdiag
Disk Cleanup cleanmgr
Disk Defragmenter dfrgui
Disk Management diskmgmt
Display dpiscaling
Display Color Calibration dccw
Display Switch displayswitch
DPAPI Key Migration Wizard dpapimig
Driver Verifier Manager verifier
Ease of Access Center utilman
EFS REKEY Wizard rekeywiz
Encrypting File System Wizard rekeywiz
Event Viewer eventvwr
Fax Cover Page Editor fxscover
File Signature Verification sigverif
Font Viewer fontview3
Getting Started gettingstarted
IExpress Wizard iexpress
Import to Windows Contacts wabmig1
Internet Explorer iexplore1
iSCSI Initiator Configuration Tool iscsicpl
iSCSI Initiator Properties iscsicpl
Language Pack Installer lpksetup
Local Group Policy Editor gpedit
Local Security Policy secpol
Local Users and Groups lusrmgr
Location Activity locationnotifications
Magnifier magnify
Malicious Software Removal Tool mrt
Manage Your File Encryption Certificates rekeywiz
Math Input Panel mip1
Microsoft Management Console mmc
Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool msdt
NAP Client Configuration napclcfg
Narrator narrator
New Scan Wizard wiaacmgr
Notepad notepad
ODBC Data Source Administrator odbcad32
ODBC Driver Configuration odbcconf
On-Screen Keyboard osk
Paint mspaint
Performance Monitor perfmon
Performance Options systempropertiesperformance
Phone Dialer dialer
Presentation Settings presentationsettings
Print Management printmanagement
Printer Migration printbrmui
Printer User Interface printui
Private Character Editor eudcedit
Problem Steps Recorder psr
Protected Content Migration dpapimig
Registry Editor regedit, regedt324
Remote Access Phonebook rasphone
Remote Desktop Connection mstsc
Resource Monitor resmon, perfmon /res
Resultant Set of Policy rsop
Securing the Windows Account Database syskey
Services services
Set Program Access and Computer Defaults computerdefaults
Share Creation Wizard shrpubw
Shared Folders fsmgmt
Snipping Tool snippingtool
Sound Recorder soundrecorder
SQL Server Client Network Utility cliconfg
Sticky Notes stikynot
Stored User Names and Passwords credwiz
Sync Center mobsync
System Configuration msconfig
System Configuration Editor sysedit5
System Information msinfo32
System Properties (Advanced Tab) systempropertiesadvanced
System Properties (Computer Name Tab) systempropertiescomputername
System Properties (Hardware Tab) systempropertieshardware
System Properties (Remote Tab) systempropertiesremote
System Properties (System Protection Tab) systempropertiesprotection
System Restore rstrui
Tablet PC Input Panel tabtip1
Task Manager taskmgr
Task Scheduler taskschd
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Management tpm
User Account Control Settings useraccountcontrolsettings
Utility Manager utilman
Version Reporter Applet winver
Volume Mixer sndvol
Windows Activation Client slui
Windows Anytime Upgrade Results windowsanytimeupgraderesults
Windows Contacts wab1
Windows Disc Image Burning Tool isoburn
Windows DVD Maker dvdmaker1
Windows Easy Transfer migwiz1
Windows Explorer explorer
Windows Fax and Scan wfs
Windows Features optionalfeatures
Windows Firewall with Advanced Security wf
Windows Help and Support winhlp32
Windows Journal journal1
Windows Media Player dvdplay2, wmplayer1
Windows Memory Diagnostic Scheduler mdsched
Windows Mobility Center mblctr
Windows Picture Acquisition Wizard wiaacmgr
Windows PowerShell powershell1
Windows PowerShell ISE powershell_ise1
Windows Remote Assistance msra
Windows Repair Disc recdisc
Windows Script Host wscript
Windows Update wuapp
Windows Update Standalone Installer wusa
WMI Management wmimgmt
WMI Tester wbemtest
WordPad write
XPS Viewer xpsrchvw

Don't See a Run Command You Needed?

While I've done my best to include every single Windows 7 run command, it's possible I missed one. Let me know the name of the program and its executable (run command) and I'll get it added quickly.

Please know, however, that many Windows 7 run command lists online incorrectly include Command Prompt commands or Control Panel "commands" as run commands when technically they are not.

See Command Prompt Commands in Windows 7 and Control Panel Command Line Commands for more information on those types of commands, all of which I have listed out in those pieces.

The Small Print

There are a few Windows 7 run commands that work differently in some situations, or not at all from one command line interface to another in Windows.

For example, a number of executables in Windows 7 can only be run from the Run box and not Command Prompt, and some others are only available in certain versions of Windows 7.

[1] This run command cannot be executed from the Command Prompt because the file is not in the default Windows path. However, it can be run from the Windows Search box or the Run box.

[2] The display run command opens Windows Media Player and automatically starts to play the DVD movie in the primary DVD drive.

[3] You must follow the font view run command with the name of the font that you wish to see.

[4] When you execute the regedt32 run command, it simply forwards to regedit and executes that program instead. Two distinct versions of Registry Editor did exist in some earlier versions of Windows.

[5] This run command is not available in 64-bit versions of Windows 7.