Opening A Dos Prompt In Windows

Opening a dos prompt in Windows is a fairly trivial task however the process has changed over the years.

Windows 98

  1. Click on the circular start menu icon.
  2. Click on run.
  3. Enter ‘cmd’ into the new window that appears.
  4. Press enter.

Windows XP

  1. Click on the circular start menu icon.
  2. Click on run.
  3. Enter ‘cmd’ into the new window that appears.
  4. Press enter.

Windows Vista

  1. Click on the circular start menu icon.
  2. Type ‘cmd’ into the start search box in the menu that appears.
  3. Press enter.

Windows 7

  1. Click on the circular start menu icon.
  2. Type ‘cmd’ into the start search box in the menu that appears.
  3. Press enter.

Windows 8.1

  1. Press the start menu icon (shows as a white Microsoft Windows flag.
  2. Type ‘cmd’. This will automatically open the search dialogue with results showing on the right.
  3. Press enter or click on the result that shows ‘cmd.exe’.

Windows 10

  1. Type ‘cmd’ into the search box at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Press enter.

If All Else Fails

If you have been unable to use any of the above methods to open the dos prompt the following steps usually work:

  1. Press ‘r’ while holding down the windows button (the button with the windows flag on the keyboard).
  2. In the new box that should appear type ‘cmd’.
  3. Press enter.

By following the instructions above you will be presented with a screen that looks like:

DOS Prompt
DOS Prompt