Working with Windows is sure easy and doesn’t demand much base in any technicalities, yet at times, there are a few things that you can only do from the command line, even on Windows. Where some of these tools don’t have graphical equivalent, others are simply plain, faster to use than their graphical interfaces. So, here we are with 5 most useful Windows commands to make your Windows experience better.
As not all commands used in Command Prompt or PowerShell can be covered in a single list, we have tried to focus on 5 best Windows commands that should prove useful even if you are not a command-line pro.
5 Windows commands you should know:
1. Ipconfig – Find your IP address
Finding your IP address from the Control Panel takes a few clicks. You can use the ipconfig command to quickly determine your computer’s IP address. The Windows command can also be used to find other info like the address of its default gateway, which comes useful if you want to find out the IP address of your router’s web interface.
For using this command,
Simply type ipconfig into a Command Prompt window
A list containing all the network connections your computer is using will be displayed
Look under Wireless LAN adapter, in case you are connected to a Wi-Fi or Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection if you are connected to a wired network
2. Ipconfig/flushdns – Quickly flush your DNS Resolver Cache
The effects of changing your DNS server don’t take place immediately. Windows uses a cache that records the DNS responses it has received. This saves time when you access the same addresses next time in the future. To make sure Windows is receiving addresses from the new DNS servers instead of the old cached entries, just run the ipconfig/flushdns command after changing your DNS server.
3. Shutdown – Create a shutdown shortcut in Windows 10
The shutdown is one of the most useful Windows commands in Windows 8. It lets you create your own shortcuts and place them on your Start screen or desktop. This lets you easily shut down Windows without having to dig into the charms bar or logging out first.
You can also use this command to restart your computer. On Windows 8, you can even make use of a special switch to restart your computer into the advanced startup options menu.
Use it in three ways:
- Shut Down: shutdown/s/t0
- Restart: shutdown/r/t0
- Restart into advanced Startup options: shutdown/r/o
4. Recimg – Create custom recovery images
There’s a refresh your PC feature on Windows 8 that enables you to restore your computer’s system state to its original state. It does so either from a clean Windows install or as the computer came from its manufacturer. You can also create your own custom recovery images, but that’s bit hidden.
You need to do it with the recimg command from a command line. Doing so lets you remove manufacturer-installed bloatware or add your favorite desktop programs to your recovery image. This is one of the most useful Windows commands that users search around.
5. Wbadmin start backup – Creating system recovery images
Windows 8.1 comes with no Windows 7 backup interface that let you create system backup images. For the fact, these system images comprises of a complete snapshot of every single file on your system, so that they’re not same like Windows 8’s recovery images.
Though the graphical interface has been ditched, system admins and geeks can still create system image backups by using the next in our Windows commands list. Run the wbadmin start backup cmdlet in a PowerShell window. Contrary to all the other commands, this command-line tool needs to be run within PowerShell, not the Command Prompt.
Though, this isn’t a comprehensive list of all Windows commands you can use, we hope you find using these useful enough in giving you an idea of the many powerful tools lurking under the hood. As for Windows users, Linux isn’t the only operating system where users can enjoy learning some commands!
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