A Compilation of Command Prompt Tips, Tricks & Cool Things You Can Do

Wow!! I'm pretty new to the IT field so I was curious about the abilities of the Command Prompt and had no idea someone made a whole Star Wars movie among others!! So Cool! This article was very helpful for me and I thank you for taking the time to explain such a neat part of computers that no one even knows about and can be really helpful. Thanks Again!! Mind Blown!
The workaround for bootrec /fixboot. -- Access Denied:
bootrec /fixboot
Access Denied,
Next 5 cmds:
bcdedit /export c:\bcdbackup
attrib c:\boot\bcd -h -r -s
ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old
bootrec /scanos
bootrec /rebuildbcd
bootrec /fixboot should be accessible.

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Posts: 101   +97
Ncpa.cpl is dug into my head like a screw.
You don't even need to use that in the command prompt to launch the network connections window.

ncpa.cpl was my go to way of getting remote customers that were offline into the network connections window instead of trying to have them slowly navigate with a handful of mouse clicks and hoping they follow commands. Have them click on the start button or click in the "search bar" by the start button and type in "ncpa.cpl".

Once that network connections window was open it was an easy right click, choose properties and find IPv4 to get them into configuring the necessary static IPs to get the computer back on the network and online.

This was a fun article to go through. I remember a lot of these commands from the good old DOS days, but I have rarely needed use of any of these for many years and forget they even exist.


Posts: 18   +22
Excellent compilation.

It's worth noting, "ipconfig" told alone is a quick way to see your ip information, dns, gateway is, etc.

Also, I may have missed it, but any of those commands with /? will show you the syntax for the command, along with all switches.
Example: dir /?


Posts: 15   +8
While I might critique, I also give accolades. This was a well researched, presented and most useful article Keep up the good works..