Command Prompt’s actual program file is named “cmd.exe”. There are several ways to run cmd.exe, and you should do at least one of them now:
- Press Start. If you have a search box, type “cmd.exe” and press enter.
- Press Start. If you have a Run option, press Run. Then in the run dialog box, type “cmd.exe” and press enter.
- Press Start. If you can browse “All Programs” or “Programs”, then you may be able to find a link to Command Prompt in a folder called “Windows System”.
- Open Task Manager by right clicking the clock in the lower right corner, or pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del. Then click File -> Run new task. This opens a similar Run dialog box as in #2 above. Type “cmd.exe” and press enter.
- Open up a file explorer window via “This PC”/”My Computer”/”Documents”/etc, and browse to C:\Windows\System32 and click on cmd.exe. This is probably the most tedious method.
When you open Command Prompt, it will look similar to my screenshot below.