Windows systems come with numerous command-line tools. There are also others that can be downloaded and installed. One group is called support tools and a number of these are listed here. The tools are primarily for system administration but some can also be applied to diagnosing and resolving computer problems in PCs in the home.
The list below omits some of the more specialized tools, such as those for Active Directory. A along with the free download. These tools are in addition to the large number of command-line utilities that are part of the default installation of Windows XP Professional. These additional tools require their own installation . (Not available for 64-bit Windows XP.)
A Selection of Windows XP Command-Line Support Tools
- acldiag.exe- manages access control lists
- activate.exe- Windows product activation
- apmstat.exe- provides status information on Advanced Power Management (APM) features.
- bindiff.exe- shows the differences between two binary files
- bitsadmin.exe- manages the Background Intelligent Transfer Service
- browstat.exe- a general purpose character-based browser diagnostic tool
- cabarc.exe- allows users to create, query and extract Windows cabinet (CAB) files.
- depends.exe- provides way to determine which DLLs an application depends on ( also known as "Dependency Walker")
- dhcploc.exe- displays the DHCP servers active on your subnet
- diruse.exe- displays directory size information for NTFS volumes
- dmdiag.exe- displays system state and configuration information describing disk storage.
- dupfinder.exe- duplicate file finder
- efsinfo.exe- displays information about files that are encrypted with Encrypting File System (EFS) on NTFS partitions.
- extract.exe- a utility that allows you to extract all files or specific files contained within a cabinet (.cab) file
- filever.exe- displays information on the versions of executable files
- ipseccmd.exe- configures Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) policies
- memsnap.exe- takes a snapshot of the memory resources being consumed by all running processes and writes this information to a log file
- msicuu.exe- Windows Installer Clean Up Utility
- msizap.exe- removes either all Windows Installer information for a product or all products installed on a computer
- netcap.exe- monitors packets on a LAN and writes the information to a log file
- netdiag.exe- tests the network connectivity
- netset.exe- used to add, remove, or change the network configuration
- pfmon.exe- displays the faults that occur while executing a process
- pstat.exe- gives you information about the processes and drivers that are currently running on your computer.
- pviewer.exe- process viewer
- setx.exe- sets environment variables
- showaccs.exe- enables users to examine the access control lists (ACLs)
- timezone.exe- Daylight Saving Time Update Utility
- whoami.exe- displays the user name and security identifier (SID)
- windiff.exe- shows the differences between specified ASCII text files, or folders containing ASCII text files
- xcacls.exe- used to set all file-system security options that are accessible in Windows Explorer from the command line