The Magic of Microsoft Command Prompts

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The Magic of Microsoft Command Prompts

As an experienced WINTEL professional in the WINTEL industry, I’ve come to appreciate the power and flexibility of Microsoft Command Prompts. These simple yet effective tools are an essential part of any IT professional’s toolkit, and can be used for a wide range of tasks, from system monitoring to troubleshooting and maintenance.

In this blog, I’ll share with you a list of some of the most useful Windows Command Prompts that you can use to find workstation serial numbers, monitor hardware, check NETBIOS, view system uptime, and sync time, among other things. But before we dive into the specific commands, let’s first discuss what Command Prompts are and why they’re so useful.

What are Microsoft Command Prompts?

Command Prompts, also known as Command Lines or Command Shells, are text-based interfaces that allow you to interact with your computer’s operating system. Instead of using a graphical user interface (GUI), you type commands into a terminal window to perform tasks and run programs. Command Prompts have been around since the early days of computing, and are still widely used today because of their simplicity, speed, and power.

The Benefits of Using Command Prompts

There are several benefits to using Command Prompts in your work as an IT professional:

  1. Increased productivity: With Command Prompts, you can automate repetitive tasks and perform them more quickly than you would with a GUI.
  2. Enhanced control: Command Prompts give you more control over your system, allowing you to perform advanced operations that are not possible with a GUI.
  3. Improved troubleshooting: When something goes wrong with your system, Command Prompts can help you diagnose and fix the problem more easily.
  4. Better security: By using Command Prompts, you can avoid using insecure GUI-based tools that can be exploited by hackers.

Now that we understand the benefits of Command Prompts, let’s take a look at some of the most useful commands for IT professionals.

  1. wmic bios get serialnumber

This command displays the serial number of the BIOS on your computer. This is a useful piece of information to have when you need to identify a specific computer in your organization.

  1. systeminfo | findstr /B /C:”System Manufacturer” /C:”System Model”

This command displays the manufacturer and model of your computer. This information is useful when you need to install drivers or troubleshoot hardware issues.

  1. net view

This command displays a list of all the computers on your network. This is useful for monitoring your network and identifying potential security issues.

  1. ipconfig /all

This command displays detailed information about your network configuration, including your IP address, DNS server, and default gateway.

  1. ping -t [ip address]

This command pings a specific IP address continuously, allowing you to monitor network connectivity and troubleshoot connection issues.

  1. systeminfo | findstr /B /C:”System Boot Time”

This command displays the date and time when your computer was last booted. This is useful for monitoring system uptime and diagnosing performance issues.

  1. time /t

This command displays the current system time. This is useful for checking the accuracy of your system clock and syncing it with other devices on your network.


Command Prompts are an essential tool for any IT professional working in the WINTEL industry. They provide a quick and efficient way to perform a wide range of tasks, from system monitoring to troubleshooting and maintenance. By using the commands listed in this blog, you can streamline your work and improve your productivity, while also enhancing your control over your system and improving your security.

But as an IT professional, you also have a responsibility to use your knowledge and skills ethically and responsibly. Always remember to respect the privacy and security of your users.