Handy Command Prompt Commands for Windows Users

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Windows OS users are much familiar with command prompt. If you don’t know what is command prompt then let me inform you it is a text based line to input in an interface field. Command prompt commands are used to do certain windows operating tasks using a command line in the interface field. It is available in every Windows edition like 7, 8, 10, Vista, and XP. It was also available in 98/95 as well as MS-DOS. Being a devoted windows user I try using most of the command prompts. They make my Windows experience better and easier.

Best Windows Command Prompt Commands for Better Experience:

Every tech geek knows and uses most of the command prompt lines. Actually, it makes windows operating system convenient and faster. It is also known as CMD. Like other Windows tips & tricks, average users also should know some command prompts lines.

If you’re a beginner at this field then I must let you know how you can open command prompt window. Now, I am telling you guys about three ways to access it.

Click on Start, go to Run, type “cmd” into the open field and click ok.

Another way is to click on Start. Go to All Programs > Accessories. Now, you will see Command prompt and select it.

The easiest way is to go to Start, type and search for cmd in the search box and it will appear.

Once you open the cmd window you just have to type commands to organize your activity in a short time span.

Most Useful CMD Commands for Windows Users:

If you’re just a beginner to use cmd then there is nothing to worry about. Today, I am listing out most useful commands for average and avid windows users.

  1. Check IP Address:

Checking out an IP address with Ping is one of the most popular commands. It gently helps you to know if your computer and other computer have internet communication or not.

  1. View System Information:

Type Systeminfo in the CMD field to get a complete list of your operating system information, hardware, software, processor and ram you’re running on your computer. You will also able to know the serial number of your windows, PC model and the current status of your ram and processor.

  1. Know IP or Mac Address:

ipconfig is the best command line for me. It provides all kind of physical and virtual network adapters’ name, gateway and IP address. Simply type ipconfig in the CMD and press enter. Your computer IP address or MAC address will be available. Else, this command has some useful extensions. If your Windows has available new IP address then type ipconfig/release followed by ipconfig/renew in the command prompt. The other useful line is ipconfig/flushdns to refresh your DNS address.

  1. Get a List of Installed Drivers:

In a list, you can get all of those installed drivers and devices of your system using driverquery command.

  1. Make a New Folder:

Instantly create a new directory folder typing “mkdir folder name” and press enter. For example, if you want to create a folder named “xtremerain” then type “mkdir xtremerain” and press enter. The folder will be created on your C drive.

  1. Rename Folders or Files Name:

You can simply change any folder or file name. Type “ren folder name new folder name” and press Enter. For example, ren xtremerain xtremerain_new and press enter. So, your folder will be renamed to the new name.

  1. View Folder’s Files and Subfolders:

You will have to navigate to a folder you want to view, open command prompt interface, type dir and press enter. Now, you will be able to view all the files and subfolder including in the folder.

  1. View Information of Installed Drivers:

Defective or improperly installed drivers can cause a lot of trouble for your operating. So, you might need to view installed driver’s information whether they are perfectly installed or not. Else, it’s not bad to have a list of installed drivers. Driverquery command will simply allow you to have a list of the access of your drivers. So, simply type “driverquery” to get the list of installed drivers on your pc. You can enlarge this command to “driverquery –v” so you can get the information on which directory the driver is installed.

  1. Delete Files Permanently:

Sometimes you delete files from your drive but it does not mean the files are being deleted permanently and they are recoverable. To permanently delete files you have to overwrite data of your drive. For example, if you want to overwrite D drive of your pc then command “cipcher /w:d” and it will overwrite deleted files. This command doesn’t overwrite existed data. So, you don’t need to worry further.

10. Know the Running Tasks list:

Simply typing tasklist in cmd interface will provide the list of tasks on running on the PC. Even task manager also shows the running tasks but there are some tasks which stay hidden and the tasklist command doesn’t miss any hidden running task. If you want to get the details on each task then tasklist –v will be the much helpful command. You can also find active tasks including files using tasklist –m cmd command.

So, this is our top 10 cmd commands for your Windows OS. CMD prompt lines are many but these were the best to make your Windows experience better.