It’s common wisdom that Windows offers numerous ways to complete the same task.
One underutilized resource is the Run command and its associated Command window. Here are some of the better Windows-management shortcuts you can … run.
To Microsoft’s way of thinking, Windows 8′s UI is the future direction of personal computing. In fact, in a flash of amazing noncreativity, it named the UI “Modern” (but only after getting into trouble with the name “Metro”). Be that as it may, Windows 8 still maintains vestiges of DOS, in the form of the ever-useful Command Prompt.
There are still many Windows commands that can be accessed only through the Command Prompt — plus many other Windows-management tools that you won’t easily find in Win8′s Start screen or Desktop. Fortunately, many of these important apps can be accessed directly via the Windows Run box or Search.
While most of these commands also work in Windows 7, some are limited to Windows 7 Pro and Ultimate. For a longer list of Run commands, see the Windows 7 Forums post, “A List of Run Commands for Windows 7.”
Jump-starting Windows’ many management commands
Here are some of the key Run/Command Prompt commands — and how to launch them quickly.
Turn off the lock screen: When Windows 8 boots, you have to first swipe or click the lock screen to get to the sign-in screen. It’s an annoying extra step we can do without. Use Windows’ Local Group Policy Editor to eliminate it.