Detailed explanation of all Windows commands with parameters and examples

Windows Commands Reference

The list of all command line commands under Windows is long and is often a problem especially for inexperienced Windows users. In total there are now about 300 commands that you can execute at the command prompt. We certainly know at least users all commands and the associated parameters .

There are certainly various pages on the Internet that explain the individual commands including their parameters in detail. So far, however, there has been no comprehensive work dealing with all Windows commands. Microsoft has now changed this and offers a comprehensive work  (PDF file) on all Windows commands. The name of the document is

Windows Commands Reference

and can be downloaded for free from Microsoft. You will find the appropriate link to this document at the end of this article. On the approx. 950 pages in the downloadable document ” ws-commands.pdf ” you not only get an explanation of the individual Windows commands or commands, but also the exact call syntax , all possible parameters and numerous examples per command.

As an example, we have shown you below part of the explanation of the ” ipconfig ” command .

ipconfig command incl parameter

All of the commands are really fully explained in this document. This starts with ” append “, ” arp “, ” assoc “, ” at “, ” atmadm ” and ends with ” wmic “, ” wscript ” and ” xcopy “.

Certainly, some will now note that almost all commands via the “/?” Parameter also provide an explanation and a list of the parameters, but it is still very informative and practical if you have a comprehensive documentation of all Windows commands at hand. This list has served us well several times, even if the ” Windows Commands Reference ” has only been available for download from Microsoft since April 18, 2018.

Here you can download the PDF document directly below .

  • Download Windows Commands Reference (PDF)

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