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Useful Run Commands

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Introduction

Do you want easy access to some of the most helpful programs on your computer?

This How-To Article shows you how to access some helpful Windows system programs.


Useful Run Commands

1. Click the Start menu and select "Run...".

2. In the "Open:" text box, type one of these commands:

command - brings up an MS-DOS window. This is recommended when running any of the MS-DOS commands below.

regedit - this is not an MS-DOS program. This will allow you to edit your registry.

tracert [site address] - this MS-DOS utility is best run when typing it in an MS-DOS window. It traces the route to a web server. (Replace [site address] with the address of the site you are tracing.)

ping [site address] - this MS-DOS utility is best run when typing it in an MS-DOS window. It will "ping" a server, testing its response times, showing the server's IP address, and checking if the server is up. (Replace [site address] with the address of the site you are testing.)

mem - this utility should always be accessed through an MS-DOS window. It will display information on your computer's memory usage.

ipconfig - this utility should always be accessed through an MS-DOS window. It will display information on your computer's IP address(es).

telnet - this utility will launch the Windows Telnet program. It enables you to connect to UNIX-type servers and work as if you were in front of the server itself.

3. Once you have typed the command, press the "Enter" key.

Tip: Most of the commands mentioned above recommend that they are accessed through an MS-DOS window. Open an MS-DOS menu by typing "command" (without the quotes) in the "Open:" text box, then type the command.

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