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

The Command Prompt is a powerful tool that can be used for many purposes, including troubleshooting and fixing problems with Windows. For maintenance and recovery, it is useful to open the command prompt at boot in Windows 10. This guide will show you how to boot to an elevated command prompt at startup in Windows 10/8.1/7.

1. Open Command Prompt at Boot using Advanced Startup Options

It's easy to start Command Prompt if Windows is working correctly, use these steps below, you can bring up a command prompt in Windows 10/8.1.

Step 1: Open advanced startup options screen.

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

In Windows 8.1, press Win + I keys to bring up Change PC settings, then click on the Power icon and select the Restart option while holding down the Shift key.

Click Restart button

Step 2: Windows 10 will restart quickly and the Choose an option screen will appear. Click the Troubleshoot item.


Step 3: In Troubleshoot window, click on Advanced options.

Click Advanced option

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

Click Command Prompt

Step 5: If you booted to advanced startup from Windows 10, then the computer will restart. Select an account to continue.

Select Administrator to continue

Step 6: Type the password for that selected account. If you have not set a password, click on Continue.

Enter password for this account

Finally, the Command Prompt window displays.

2. Open Command Prompt at Boot using Windows Installation Media

If Windows does not boot, then you can start the Command Prompt from Windows Installation DVD or USB. If you don't have Windows installation media, you can create one using Microsoft's media creation tools.

To do this, follow these steps:

On a working PC, go to the Microsoft software download website.

  • Download the Windows 10 media creation tool and then run it.
  • Select Create installation media for another PC.
  • Choose a language, edition, and architecture (64-bit or 32-bit).
  • Follow the steps to create installation media, and then select Finish.

Insert the Windows installation media and boot your PC from it. After your computer boots up and the Windows Setup appears, press Shift + F10 keys together on the keyboard. This will open the command prompt window.

Boot from Windows 10 Installation Media

3. 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 the box, then Restart your computer.

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

Open Command Prompt at boot

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

Select safe mode with Command Prompt

Waiting to load the Windows file. When finished, the command prompt window opens.

Start Command Prompt at boot