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How to Open Command Prompt at Boot in Windows 10/8.1/7

This guide will show you how to boot to an elevated command prompt at startup in Windows 10/8.1/7.

Open Command Prompt at Boot using Advanced Startup Options

The Advanced Boot Options screen lets you start Windows in advanced troubleshooting modes. Use these steps below, you can starts Windows in safe mode with a command prompt on Windows 10 PC.

Step 1: Open advanced startup options screen.

Method 1

In Windows 10, open Settings app, click on Update & Security option.

Click on Recovery tab in the right side, then click Restart now button.

Open advanced statup

Method 2

In Windows 8.1, press Win + I keys to open Restart menu, then hold-down Shift key while clicking on Restart.

Click Restart button

Step 2: Click on the Troubleshoot option.


Step 3: Click on Advanced options.


Step 4: Then click Command Prompt in Advanced Options window.

Click Command Prompt

Step 5: If you booted to advanced startup from within Windows 10, then the computer will restart. Click on a listed local administrator that you want to provide credentials for.

Click Administrator

Step 6: Type in the account's password. If you have not set password, just click on Continue.

Enter password for this account

Command Prompt window is opening at Boot.

Open command prompt at Boot

Step 7: Exist Advanced Startup Options, when finished using the Advanced Startup Options menu, click Continue to restart your computer, booting you back into Windows 10/8.1.

Exist Advanced Startup

Open Command Prompt at Boot using Windows Installation Media

If Windows cannot start because some of system files are corrupted or missing, just boot your computer from Windows Installation DVD or USB. If you don’t have a Windows Installation DVD, you can borrow one from a friend or use a Recovery Drive created in any computer running Windows 10.

Step 1: Insert the Windows Installation DVD and set up your computer to boot from optical drive. Press a key when prompted to boot from DVD.

Step 2: When you see Windows Setup, click Next.

Boot from Windows 10 Installation Media

Step 3: Click on Repair your computer.

Repair your computer

When you are asked to choose an option for how you want to continue. Then go on step 2 above.

Open and Exit Command Prompt at Boot in Windows 7

Start the Command Prompt at boot in Windows 7 is a little different from Windows 10/8.1.

Step 1: Click on Start button, type command into box, then Restart your computer.

At the initial boot screen, press F8 key until you see Advanced booting Options screen.

boot to command prompt

Step 2: Use arrow keys to select Safe Mode with Command Prompt and press Enter

Safe mode with Command Prompt

Wait for loading Windows files. After done, Command Prompt window is opening at Boot.

Start command prompt in Boot

To exist from Boot: press Ctrl + Alt + Delete combination keys to open security option screen, log off your PC, then it will return to Windows 7.

Log off your PC