How To Open Command Prompt And Task Manager When Installing Windows


winlogo.jpgFor the most part, installing Windows, either XP or Vista, from scratch is pretty simple. But on occasion, sometimes the installation cannot find a driver or you may need to perform a task such as check disk space or even run Task Manager.

For times like this, being able to access a command prompt to run commands may seem impossible, but it's actually very easy to do with a simple keyboard shortcut.

To open a command prompt during installation, wait until the installation has reached the "Installing Windows" phase.


Then just press SHIFT+F10 and a command prompt will open.


With access to the command prompt, at the early phase of the installation, the Windows and System32 folders are available, allowing access to all Windows commands. This will allow you to use the find command and run a search if needed.

You can even browse the CD from where Windows is being installed by changing directories to the D:\ drive or open up Task Manager (by typing taskmgr at the prompt) and keep an eye on Processes and CPU/Memory utilization (just the little tricks us Sys Admins do to pass time away ).


Now, with Task Manager open, this is where the real power of accessing the file system happens. Just click on File \ New Task (Run…) and click the Browse… button.


And you now have access to a Windows Explorer dialog box, where you can browse the file system.


If you get to the point where you had several Windows open, you can minimize them to the bottom (although as this point no desktop or task bar exist).

By just accessing the command prompt during installation, opens up unlimited possibilities to using commands and browsing the file system. As the installation proceeds, Networking becomes available and the use of consoles (such as Services) can be used.

Know of any more Windows Installation tricks? Let me know by leaving a comment below

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May 19, 2008

Pavan Kumar @ 7:52 pm #

Wow! Never knew this…. Thank you….

May 23, 2008

Falcon4 @ 3:17 am #

Man, I'd only known about one trick to bring up an external program before – hacking through the "browse for file" dialog box when you eject the CD halfway through Setup! Problem is – half the time, Windows doesn't complain (hence no dialog) and it just skips those files and screws up your install! Guh!

This is going to be one of the more useful tips I've learned about Windows… imagine the things I could learn to do during Setup! 😀

June 5, 2008

Ranish @ 5:03 am #

good info

vladimir @ 8:14 am #

Wow! I never mind about it!

THIS is a nice tip 😛

But what happens if you try calling regedit? what will you see?

June 6, 2008

okoro monney @ 6:56 am #

i want to creat an acoount in registry when installing XP… pls give me tips to that.
i also want to recover my password without formatting my machine completely since i have forgotten my password.


October 2, 2008

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October 27, 2010

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January 26, 2015

suresh @ 8:11 pm #

Thanks. Good information

November 22, 2016

S. M. Naymul Alam Azad @ 7:09 am #

Many many thanks.

December 11, 2017

Tajul Islam Hira @ 6:32 am #

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