Quick list: Command-line access to Windows Vista tools

Greg Shields’ Vista EXE Deep Dive series, now on part 3, is certainly worth a look and a link, as it provided a list of GUI-based wizards and control panels accessible quickly via the command-line.

“…this series brings together many hours of research and work in finding information about each of these EXEs and how they can assist your administrative burden.”

How true.

My favourites/ most often used…

calc.exe — Launches the calculator.
control.exe — Launches the Control Panel.
Magnify.exe — Launches the Windows Magnifier utility.
mobsync.exe — Launches the Sync Center.
mrt.exe — Launches the malicious software removal tool.
msconfig.exe — Launches the System Configuration wizard.
msra.exe — Launches Windows Remote Assistance. Command line & GUI.
mstsc.exe — Launches the Remote Desktop Client. Command line & GUI.
notepad.exe — Launches Notepad.
osk.exe — Launches the on-screen keyboard.
perfmon.exe — Launches the Reliability and Performance Monitor tool.
regedt32.exe — Launches the Registry Editor.
SndVol.exe — Launches the Volume Mixer.
SnippingTool.exe — Launches the Snipping Tool for screen captures.
SystemPropertiesAdvanced.exe — Launches the System Properties tool with the Advanced tab showing.
userinit.exe — Launches Windows Explorer.
WFS.exe — Launches Windows Fax and Scan.
write.exe — Launches WordPad.
wuapp.exe — Launches the Windows Update control panel.


In part one, he provides executable files from the System32 folder that enable command-line functionality for viewing and manipulating system configurations, first with “letters “a” through “l” in my deep dive of the command-line tools found in the System32 folder of a default Windows Vista RTM instance.”

comp.exe — Compares the contents of files.

diskpart.exe — Disk partition utility.

expand.exe  — Uncompresses compressed files.

getmac.exe — Displays MAC addresses for network interfaces.

ipconfig.exe — Displays and updates IP configuration information.

logoff.exe — Used for logging users off computers.


In part two, Shields’ provides “the remaining 88” EXEs, m through z… of which I regularly use…

Ping.exe — Displays information about network connectivity to a remote computer.
print.exe — Used for printing text files.
printui.exe — Manages printer configurations.
regini.exe — Views and manipulates the Windows registry.
Robocopy.exe — Rich utility for copying files.
runonce.exe — Sets an executable to run at next reboot.
taskkill.exe — Kills processes on local and remote computers.
tasklist.exe — Lists running processes on local and remote computers.
w32tm.exe — Views and manages Windows Time.
xcopy.exe — Copies files and folders.


Tags: Microsoft, utilities, Windows, Windows Vista.