We posted instructions on finding the Command Prompt in Windows 7 in a past Post, and because we still find it useful, the following is an update on finding it in Windows 10. The reason that it is useful, is that, in many cases, while instructing people, the phrase “just open a Windows Command Prompt and type in …” is usually interrupted with the comment “ok, how do I do that”. Following are a couple of methods of opening a command prompt.
Why is this useful? There are some details about the system that are “easy” to list through the command prompt, such as, network configuration details or system information. One command that you can try is: “systeminfo”. Be forewarned that there are also some very powerful commands available through the command prompt so tread carefully.
So let’s go back to how to get the command prompt window. The first method is just going to be a search and the second method we’ll go to the Start and look through the programs.
Method 1: Just Search
In the search area of the task bar start typing “Command Prompt” or “cmd”.
Usually the results will be shown even before you finish typing.
The resulting windows will give various options, and generally the item will be at the top of the menu:
Click on the item and a Command Prompt window will open:
(In this example we then typed in “systeminfo” which will give you a lot of information about your computer).
Method 2: Navigate to the Windows System Folder
This method is also easy to describe verbally (and for completeness is included). It begins by clicking on the Start Button and then navigating to the Windows System folder which contains the Command Prompt.
Click on Start and in the middle section scroll down to the “W” and look for Windows System:
Expand the Folder and click on Command Prompt:
And the Command Prompt window will open:
(In this example we, again, typed in “systeminfo” which will give you a lot of information about your computer)
The Command Prompt in Windows 10 is still a very useful tool, allowing access to commands that can control the computer in many ways. The relatively new PowerShell offers different commands and information about its use. It can be found with a web search or in Windows Help. However, we still find the Command Prompt to be essential for some operations.