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How to open a Command Prompt in Windows 8

Description: The command prompt is a direct interface in which you can execute batch files, search directories and their file attributes, perform advanced administrative functions, and troubleshoot and solve certain kinds of Windows issues. It can also sometimes be referred to as a MS-DOS prompt. This article will show you how to open a command prompt.

  1. From the desktop in Windows 8, go to the extreme lower left hand corner. Right click on the mini start screen.
    Windows 8 Desktop, Start Icon
  2. Select Command Prompt.
    Windows 8 Quick Access Menu, Command Prompt
  3. Click Yes if presented with a User Account Control Prompt asking if you want to allow this program to make changes.
    Windows 8 User Account Control, Yes Allow
  4. The command prompt window is shown below. Notice the program name is Command Prompt.
    Windows 8 Command Prompt Window