As an old fogy who started using PCs when they were still called
microcomputers (in 1977), I still find the Command Prompt useful many times
every day. Lots of jobs are still done better and faster the old-fashioned
way. So I have several ways to get to what I often still call a "DOS"
window (with "DOS" in quotes to remind me that it's not really MS-DOS, but a
program that looks and acts a lot like it).
1. Start | All Programs | Accessories | Command Prompt. Or right-click
Command Prompt, then click Run as Administrator from the drop-down menu.
2. Enter cmd.exe - or just cmd - in the Run or Search box. (Win+R is one
way to open the Run box.)
3. Pin Command Prompt to the Start menu.
4. Add Command Prompt to Quick Launch.
5. Create a Shortcut for Command Prompt on the Desktop.
6. Shift+Right-click - I didn't even know about this one! Thanks!
Whichever method you choose, you can use Properties to customize it to fit
YOU. You can set colors, size of the window, font, etc. And you can set it
to always Run as Administrator; once you are in this window, almost any
program you start will run elevated, without the UAC prompt.
I'm sure there are still other ways to open a Command Prompt. Explore!
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
Microsoft Windows MVP
(Running Windows Mail in Vista Ultimate x64)
"Amanda" <Amanda@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>A while back on this forum I found out how to delete some troublesome files
> by using a command prompt. The large files were making explorer hang, and
> 100% CPU. The forum told me to find the folder and right click on it, and
> choose open command prompt from the context menu. Then I could use DOS
> commands. That worked beautifully for my purpose, but today when I tried
> again, the command prompt option does not show up when I right click. Long
> story, but how do I find the command prompt in Windows Vista Ultimate?
> Amanda B