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    Open Command Prompt at Boot in Windows 10

    How to Open a Command Prompt at Boot in Windows 10
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    How to Open a Command Prompt at Boot in Windows 10


    A command prompt is an entry point for typing computer commands in the Command Prompt window. By typing commands at the command prompt, you can perform tasks on your computer without using the Windows graphical interface.

    This tutorial will show you how to boot to an elevated command prompt at startup in Windows 10.


     CONTENTS:

    • Option One: Open Command Prompt at Boot using Windows 10 Installation Media
    • Option Two: Open Command Prompt at Boot using Advanced Startup Options in Windows 10


    EXAMPLE: Command Prompt at Boot

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    Open Command Prompt at Boot in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Open Command Prompt at Boot in Windows 10
    Open Command Prompt at Boot using Windows 10 Installation Media

    1. Boot from your Windows 10 installation DVD or USB, or ISO file if in a virtual machine.

    2. Do step 3 or step 4 below for how you would like to open a command prompt at boot.

    3. When you see Windows Setup, press the Shift + F10 keys.

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    4. When you see Windows Setup, click/tap on Next. (see screenshot above)

    A) Click/tap on Repair your computer, and go to step 2 in OPTION TWO below. (see screenshot below

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    Open Command Prompt at Boot in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Open Command Prompt at Boot in Windows 10
    Open Command Prompt at Boot using Advanced Startup Options in Windows 10

    1. Boot to advanced startup options

    2. Click/tap on the Troubleshoot option. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Click/tap on Advanced options. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Click/tap on the Command prompt option. (see screenshot below)

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    5. If you booted to advanced startup from within Windows 10, then the computer will restart. Click/tap on a listed local administrator that you want to provide credentials for, type in the account's password, and click/tap on Continue. (see screenshots below)

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    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    07 Dec 2014 #1

    Greetings from Holly Jerusalem
    Very helpful
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    Windows10 64bit
       26 Aug 2015 #2

    Thanks
    However, I couldn't find any lists of the available commands.
    `map`doesn't work, nor `help`...
    Would you have any clues?
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    11 Nov 2015 #3

    Using the option one, when I open the "Command Prompt" windows with Shift+10, I will open a Windows PE or Windows RE session?

    Thanks

    Bye
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17672
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       11 Nov 2015 #4
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  5.    11 Nov 2015 #5

    Then, with Shift+F10, the "Microsoft Windows PE" volume image in the boot.wim is mounted and displayed. Right?

    Thanks

    Bye
      My ComputerSystem Spec


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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17672
    Thread Starter
       11 Nov 2015 #6

    Nope. You're just using WinRE from the bootable USB.
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  7.    08 Dec 2015 #7

    It appears option 2 is no longer valid since Microsoft reduced the capability of the boot menu.

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       08 Dec 2015 #8

    Hello fracking4oil,

    I just tested again with different systems, and OPTION TWO still works just fine for me on them.

    Is this for the system in your specs?

    Please list the exact steps you took to boot to advanced startup to see if that may be the issue.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  •    08 Dec 2015 #9

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello fracking4oil,

    I just tested again with different systems, and OPTION TWO still works just fine for me on them.

    Is this for the system in your specs?

    Please list the exact steps you took to boot to advanced startup to see if that may be the issue.
    Yup, the system listed under "My System Specs"...

    I followed:

    Settings -> Update & Security -> Recovery -> Advanced startup -> Restart now

    After boot: Troubleshoot (image 1) -> Startup Settings (image 2) -> Restart (image 3), which took me to image 4.
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