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How to Run Program from CMD (Command Prompt) Windows 10

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You can run a program or an exe file from Command Prompt. Check how to do it in this tutorial.

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If you want to run program from CMD (Command Prompt) on Windows 10, you can check the detailed steps below.

How to Run a Program from CMD in Windows 10

You can only run the applications that are installed in Windows-created folders like Explorer in Command Prompt.

Step 1. Open Command Prompt in Windows 10

At first, you should open Command Prompt application on your Windows 10 computer. You can press

Windows + R

, type


, and press


to open normal Command Prompt or press

Ctrl + Shift + Enter

to open

elevated Command Prompt

on Windows 10.

Step 2. Run Program from CMD on Windows 10

Next you can type


command in Command Prompt window, and press Enter to open the target application in CMD. Replace the “program name” with the exact file’s system name of the program but not its shortcut name. For instance:

start explorer


The file’s system name of some common programs in Windows are as follows:

Command Prompt: cmd

File Explorer: explorer

Task Manager: taskmgr

Calculator: calc

Notepad: notepad

Paint: mspaint

Windows Media Player: wmplayer

How to Run EXE in CMD on Windows 10

You can follow the instructions below to run an exe file in Command Prompt.

Step 1. Access Command Prompt window

You can follow the same operation above to open Command Prompt in Windows 10.

Step 2. Navigate to the folder of the target program

Next you can type


command in Command Prompt window, and press


to navigate to the folder that contains the target exe application. Replace “file path” with the exact file path of the exe file.

You can find the target program folder and click the address bar at the top of File Explorer window to copy the path of the program folder and paste it after

cd command

. For example,

cd C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player


Step 3. Run exe from CMD

After you are in the target program folder path, then you can type


after the selected file path in CMD, and press


to run the exe file in Command Prompt. Replace “filename.exe” with the target program name, e.g.

start wmplayer.exe


Bottom Line

This post introduces how to run a program or exe file from CMD on Windows 10. Hope it helps.

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