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Open/Boot Command Prompt at Boot in Windows 10 (4 Ways)

How can you boot to Command Prompt when the BIOS interface appears in Windows 10? This post provides you with two ways to boot to Command Prompt. If you have data loss problems while entering the Command Prompt, you can download and run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to restore lost files, photos, documents, etc. easily.

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Overview - How to Boot to Command Prompt in Windows 10

A Command Prompt is an entry point for typing computer commands. By typing commands at the window, you can perform tasks on your computer without using the Windows graphical interface. In fact, there are two ways to open Command Prompt in Windows 10. Check the table below to get quick navigation.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
1-Windows 10 Can't Boot

Fix 1. Boot to Windows 10 Command Prompt with Installation Media...Full steps

Fix 2. Boot to Command Prompt Windows 10 from Advanced Startup Options...Full steps

2-Windows 10 Can Boot

Fix 1. Start Command Prompt Using Search...Full steps

Fix 2. Open/Boot Windows 10 Command Prompt from the Settings...Full steps

Part 1. How to Open Command Prompt If Windows 10 Can't Boot

If you can't boot into Windows 10 and repair the errors, you'll need to create an installation media or turn off the PC three times. Read on to get the detailed information.

Way 1. Boot to Windows 10 Command Prompt with Installation Media

If your computer fails to boot, you can open Command Prompt with Windows 10 Installation Media. With the help of a Windows 10 Media Creation Tool, you can enter BIOS even if your Windows 10 can't start.

Step 1. Create Windows 10 Installation Media

Requirements:

  • A PC with a stable internet connection for the download.
  • A USB flash drive with at least 8 GB of space or a blank DVD.
  • When burning a DVD from an ISO file, if you're told the disc image file is too large, you'll need to use dual-layer (DL) DVD media.

Steps: Follow this guide to make a Windows 11/10 media creation tool.

create Windows 10 installation Media

Step 2. Boot into the BIOS in Windows 10

  • Insert the installation media into your Windows 10 PC and boot the PC from it. 
  • Press F2, Del, Esc, or other required keys to enter BIOS.
  • Access the "Boot" pane and move your USB drive to the top of the boot list.

enter the BIOS interface

Step 4. Boot to Windows 10 Setup Interface

  • Press F10 to save your settings and exit the BIOS.
  • Set the language, time, and keyboard, then click "Next".
  • Click "Repair your computer" at the bottom left.

Boot to Windows setup interface

Step 5. Boot to Command Prompt in Windows 10

  • Click "Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Command Prompt"

boot to command prompt in Windows 10

Then, you will enter the Command Prompt to repair Windows 10 with command lines.

To repair Windows 10 with SFC:

  • On the command window, type D: and press Enter to go to the C: drive of your computer.
Tip
Because your computer is started with bootable media, the System Reserved partition of your hard drive is temporarily marked as C: and therefore the C: drive that you see from within Windows 10 is marked as D: drive. This is a temporary modification.
  • Type sfc /scannow and press Enter.

If you want to fix Windows 10 boot problems like repair MBR, type the commands below:

  1. bootrec /fixmbr
  2. bootrec /fixboot
  3. bootrec /rebuildbcd

Way 2. Boot to Command Prompt in Windows 10 from Advanced Startup Options

What if you start your PC, but you get a blue screen or the desktop is blank? You can fix your problem and open Command Prompt in Advanced Startup Options. Here are the steps:

Step 1. Enter the Windows 10 recovery environment.

Turn your computer on and off three times. While booting, make sure you turn off the computer when you see the Windows logo. After the third time, Windows 10 will boot into the diagnostics mode.

Step 2. Click "Advanced options > Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Command Prompt" when the recovery screen appears.

boot Windows 10 from Command Prompt

Then, the Command Prompt is immediately loaded, and you can start using it for whatever you need.

Part 2. How to Start Command Prompt If Windows 10 Can Boot

Things could be easier if your Windows computers or laptops are running well. You can search for Command Prompt or enter Command Prompt from Settings. Here are the steps in detail.

Fix 1. Start Command Prompt Using Search

This solution is the most recommended one for its easiness.

Step 1. Go to Start and type cmd into the search box. 

Step 2. From the list, right-click Command Prompt and choose "Run as administrator".

open command prompt in Windows 10

You should enter into the Command Prompt window now.

Fix 2. Start Windows 10 Command Prompt from Settings

Step 1. Click "Start > Settings" to open the "Settings" Window. Next click "Update & Security", and choose "Recovery".

open command prompt from Settings

Step 2. Click "Restart now" under Advanced startup, and your Windows 10 computer will restart now.

Step 3. When you see the "Choose an option" screen, click "Troubleshoot > Advanced options".

Step 4. Click "Command Prompt". You should enter into the Command Prompt window now.

boot to Command Prompt in Windows 10

Extra Tip: How to Recover Command Prompt Deleted Files

When you use some cleanup commands like a clean command or format command, you lost data on your drive. These command lines delete files permanently without backup. What can you do to get back Command Prompt deleted files? The answer is using the best data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. This hard disk data recovery software can recover accidentally deleted files after formatting, using Command Prompt, or pressing Shift-Delete.

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Step 1. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Choose the drive where you lost files and start scanning. This software allows you to recover lost data from all devices, including HDD, SSD, USB drive, SD card, pen drive, camera, etc.

select a location to scan

Step 2. Browse the full scan results. You can choose the file type you need by clicking on the file type filter. EaseUS data recovery software supports 1000+ file types like photos, videos, documents, emails, audio files, and many more. 

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Select the files you want to preview. Click "Recover" and set a storage location to save the recovered data. 

Recover lost data

Conclusion

This post has provided you with 4 ways to boot Windows 10 from Command Prompt. If your PC cannot boot, refer to Part 1. If your computer can start normally, refer to Part 2. Besides, If you have data loss problems, turn to EaseUS data recovery software for help.

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