To open a command prompt follow the instructions for your operating system below:
 
Windows 8.1, 10, Windows Server 2012 R2
  1. Right-click the Start button and select Command Prompt
 
Windows 8, Windows Server 2012
  1. Hover your mouse pointer over the bottom left corner of your desktop to show the Start menu launcher
  2. Right-click the Start menu launcher and select Command Prompt
 
Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2
  1. Click Start
  2. In the run line type CMD
At times it is necessary to open an elevated (or administrative) command prompt (full administrative rights).  Please follow the instructions for your operating system below:
 
Windows Server 2012,  Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10:
  1. The Start button is hidden in these versions of Windows.  To see the Start button, move and hover your cursor over the lower left corner of  the desktop where the Start button was in previous versions of Windows.
  2. Right-click on the Start button that appears, you will see a menu. Select Command Prompt (Admin).
  3. You will see the command prompt window open with the wording "Administrator: Command Prompt" at the top of the Window.
Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2:
  • Click Start > All Programs > Accessories and right-click on "Command Prompt" then select "Run as Administrator"
OR
  • Click Start and in the Search box, type CMD and when cmd.exe appears in your results, right-click on cmd.exe and select "Run as administrator"