Beginner’s guide to Command line in Windows

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Our computers have not always been so sophisticated. Prior to the mouse, desktop files and folders that we are so familiar with we had the console. Basically, you typed every instruction. The Graphical User Interface (GUI) we currently use is a more user-friendly system so that the mass is able to operate a PC. However, the console is not redundant. It is very efficient and powerful to the users who know how to use it. (Not to mention, it makes you look cool)

Below is a selected list of some useful commands and guides I learned, tried and that I recommend:

  1. Access the console

You can access the regular console by typing ‘cmd’ in the taskbar search and hitting enter

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or

You can access the console with Administrator privileges (recommended) by simultaneously pressing ‘Ctrl’+’Shift’+’Esc’, then select ‘File’, start new task. Write ‘cmd’ and tick the checkbox.

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2. View your windows product key

Just input ‘wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey’ into the console and hit enter.

get your Windows code

3. View wifi network you accessed and the password of the network you are connected on

Just input ‘netsh wlan show profile’ and you will see a list of networks you have accessed to.Wi-FI

If you want now to view the current password, in case you need it to connect another device just type ‘netsh wlan show profile [INPUT WIFI NETWORK NAME] key=clear’

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You will see all relevant information including the password.

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4. Access detailed information about your system requires you to just write ‘systeminfo

5. Access to view your IP settings and configurations requires you to just type ‘ipconfig

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6. If you are using a laptop and want to view a full report of your battery, type ‘powercfg /batteryreport’. An HTML format report would be saved that you can access at C:\WINDOWS\system32\battery-report.html

battery report command

battery report location

battery report

Come on give it a try. In case you want to learn further or are stuck, type in the command ‘help’. You will be able to view all commands.

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