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Run command

The run command is a quick way to run a variety of programs and utilities.  All Windows systems use the keyboard's Window key plus R to open the run command box shown to the right. 

Or simply type the desired command just above the start menu.  Here we are about to launch Word...

See our Windows Run article.

Command prompt

The command prompt is a little different than the run command above.  Here we are in the DOS mode where the are certain commands not available in the above run command.
  • Windows Vista, & 7:  Start menu > (All) Programs > Accessories locate the Command Prompt icon then right click it and Run as Administrator
  • Windows 8 & 10, Window key X which opens the power users menu --->
    then click Command Prompt (Admin)