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Windows 10 Command Prompt Advanced Troubleshooting

Most of us prefer communicating with our computers through menu boxes, but it helps to troubleshoot through a prompt window when the computer has difficulty opening those menus. However, as you start learning the basics of command lines for working familiar tasks on Command Prompt, it will become easier to run functions, including advanced troubleshooting.

What is the Command Prompt on Windows?

A command prompt window deciphers the syntax of texts and symbols between your computer and you to demonstrate essential functions. It turns into a command line interpreter when you enter these texts and signs in the form of lines. Communicating these command lines through the interpreter allows the computer to execute the task requested through those commands.

Otherwise labeled as cmd.exe or cmd, it is available in most editions of Windows OS. However, in Windows 10, this application commonly goes by the Windows Command Processor.

Where Graphic User Interface (GUI) asks you to follow a string of icons and menus to perform any work, Windows command Processor allows you to execute the same task in a few short instructive lines.

How to access the Windows Command Prompt?

Accessing the Windows Command Prompt is possible in several different ways. Two of the quickest means to open the application through the Run box are:

  1. The Run menu bar will appear after you depress the Windows + R keys. Check the OK button after typing cmdin the dialogue box.
  1. The above option can help you work on the cmd as a user only instead of an admin. In the same dialogue box, type cmd and press the Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys at once to access cmd as an admin.

A guide on Command Prompt Advanced Troubleshooting:

Most of the advanced troubleshooting takes place from the admin account of the Command Processor, where the lines start with the command, C:\Windows\system 32>. We will follow a few of the familiar command lines to help you work on the additional issues faced during a troubleshooting exercise:

1. Hard-drive scans with CHKDSK:

The check disk (chkdsk) function detects abnormalities in a hard drive by following the default command line with chkdsk and entering the hard drive name for scanning. You can use this command to fix minor problems, but it will not help if the drive becomes physically damaged or lost data from a damaged file.

2. Shutdown and Restart the system for troubleshooting:

The command of shutdown/r/o can restart the system to launch the Advanced Start Options menu to access the Safe Mode and Windows Recovery utilities. This function can shut down and restart the system with force in a shorter period for troubleshooting.

3. Configuration Information of the System:

Cmd.exe can impart the information on the configuration of your system by writing the command systeminfoimmediately next to the routine command of C:\USERS\User_name>. With this command, you can see a detailed description of the configuration counting, date of Window installation, BIOS version, or any available space in the memory.

4. Clear Space from Deleted Files in Hard-Drive:

Syntax cipher /w:d next to the command C:\USERS\User_name> wipes out the C: drive to free up space by printing arbitrary data over the deleted files. Complete the process by tapping on the Enter key.

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