Command Prompt

Command Prompt tutorials for Windows. How to fix problems, administer the operating system, run networking commands, etc.

3 Ways to Create Random Dummy Files in Windows, with a Given Size

Do you need to create dummy files with a given size, to perform tests with them? Do you need those files to have some actual content? If you do, luck has it that there are some good alternatives for Windows. It’s not just the Linux geeks who can create dummy files using the command line. Windows geeks can do the same. Here are three ways to create such files in any modern version of Windows.

How to Create a Recovery Drive on a USB Memory Stick in Windows 8 & 8.1

usbBoth Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 offer a new tool for creating recovery drives on all kinds of devices, from USB flash drives, to external hard disks to partitions on your computer's internal hard disk. This is a big step forward from the manual and error prone procedure you had to go through in Windows 7. In this tutorial I will show how to use the new Recovery Media Creator to create a recovery drive on a USB memory stick.

How to Print the List of Running Processes in Windows 7 & Windows 8

printerOne of our readers asked us: "How do you print the list of running processes from the Task Manager?". The answer is... you can't do this from the Task Manager, not even in Windows 8. In order to print such a list, you need to use the Command Prompt or PowerShell and run some special commands. Let's see how it all works:

How to Reset the Looks of the Command Prompt or PowerShell Window

After you work for a while with the Command Prompt or PowerShell, you will surely end up customizing the way they look. After all, they both look boring. You will change the font, its size, the color of the background and other things. But, what do you do when you want to reset them to their default look and feel? There's no "Restore Defaults" button available! As always, there's a small hack you can use.

Command Prompt - The Most Powerful & Least Used Windows Tool

At the beginning of 2010, we started a series on system recovery tools for Windows 7. Little did we know that the series would expand tremendously and, in the end, we would cover quite extensively a very old and misunderstood tool: the Command Prompt. While working with it, we were fortunate to truly learn its power and usefulness. Therefore, we would like to end our series of articles with a recap about all the great things the Command Prompt can do.

Command Prompt - Repair Missing or Corrupt Files

Sometimes important Windows 7 system files can get corrupted or become missing, due to unexpected events like a sudden power drop or some hardware or software malfunctions. One of the tools which can help in such cases is System File Checker (SFC). This is a command-line system tool that scans the integrity of Windows 7 system files and replaces the damaged or missing system files. In this article you will learn how to use this utility from the Command Prompt to solve your problems.

Command Prompt - Commands for System Information & Managing Tasks

You all probably known how to view information about your computer using different tools such as Task Manager or System Information. For this article, we thought it would be useful to learn how to view complete system information directly from the Command Prompt and how to manage your running processes, with the use of a few advanced commands.