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NirCmd

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The command line doesn't get a lot of love among Windows users, maybe because those users knowledgeable (or old) enough to be familiar with it aren't especially impressed; it's like asking how they feel about their washing machine (or, if they used Cloud-based resources, their laundromat). But the command-line option lets you do some pretty neat things very quickly in Windows with just a few keystrokes.

NirSoft's NirCmd is a compact command-line utility that simplifies a wide range of tasks like opening your CD tray, connecting to a network, or anything you can think of that can be specified as a Windows command, with many commands provided. Though it's completely portable and runs from any folder or directory, you can copy it to the Windows Directory to make it even easier to use. We tried it in 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium SP1.

It's been a while since we've seen many tools as small and simple as NirCmd, but the program's entire download, including compiled Help file, is just over 100KB. The program's installer includes a button that lets you copy NirCmd to the Directory. We pressed this but received an error message asking if we wanted to run the program again as an Administrator. We did, and it did the trick; so try running NirCmd as an Administrator from the get-go.

NirCmd doesn't have a user interface, but its Help file not only describes how to use it but also provides an extensive list of commands, such as the aforementioned CD tray door command, nircmd.exe cdrom open g:, where "g" is our system's CD-ROM. We opened a command prompt, typed in this command, and our CD tray popped open. Success.

NirCmd has commands to turn your monitor on and off; turn the volume up or down; create desktop shortcuts; hide, minimize, or close IE windows; change your display mode or resolution; and many other functions. It also enables special string sequences and system variables. This simple program's general syntax is totally easy: nircmd.exe [command] [command parameter], with an optional (showerror) parameter, and the documentation lists All Commands to make it easier still.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I can finally set the volume on Windows 7!"

    March 17, 2013  |   By fred_66f

    Version: NirCmd 2.71

    Pros

    This program allows me to set the volume on Windows 7 to a reasonable level. Windows 7 is to loud when using USB speakers. You can try to adjust using the Mixer, but the Adobe Flash volume always resets when using Firefox or Google Chrome. You end up with videos that blast you with volume every time. The command I use for low volume is "nircmd.exe setsysvolume 75".

    Cons

    The low volume setting is lost when you adjust the volume using the Windows volume control. You might want to add an icon to your desktop to get it back.

    Summary

    To set your volume to a low level, create a batch file in the directory where you put NirCmd called "LowVolume.bat". The volume can be set from 0 to 65535, but anything around 50 or under seems to be the same as zero. The command I use is "nircmd.exe setsysvolume 75". You can then put a shortcut to this batch file in your Startup folder in the Start menu so that it runs every time you boot up.

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    "Excellent program that I have been using for years."

    January 19, 2013  |   By RVDaba

    Version: NirCmd 2.71

    Pros

    Very powerful, easy to use and understand (excluding retard tom.piper). It runs error free daily on many of my customer PCs
    -customers love the features I have tuned for their benefit.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

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