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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 26, 2015

NirCmd lets you do a lot on your computer without taking your hands off the keyboard or calling up a dialog or program interface. It's a command-line utility, but don't be put off by the "old" tech -- expert users know it's still the fastest way to do things. A full Help file makes NirCmd easy for new users to learn, too.

Pros

Copy to Registry: During setup, NirCmd offers to copy itself to the Windows Registry, so you don't have to type "nircmd.exe" each time. You can just copy nircmd.exe to any folder in the PATH environmental variable.

Fast typing: Fast-fingered typers will love NirCmd's ability to do a lot of things you'd otherwise have to take your hands off the keyboard and move to the mouse to do.

Example commands: NirCmd's product page lists lots of example commands for doing everything from opening and closing your CD drive's door to writing and deleting Registry values.

Showerror: The optional showerror parameter will display an error message if a command fails to execute. Many other syntax options are listed, including special string sequences.

Cons

Unfamiliar: The command line is so unfamiliar to today's PC users that it can be confusing and even intimidating. NirCmd can help dispel the mystery of the command line, but it may still prove too daunting to less-experienced users.

Bottom Line

With so many potential uses, NirCmd is certainly worth a try.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.75

Version 2.75 has added etitle option to the find parameter of win command.

General

Release August 12, 2013
Date Added August 12, 2013
Version 2.75

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 95, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 27,298
Downloads Last Week 2
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Developer's Description

NirCmd is a small command-line utility that allows you to do some useful tasks without displaying any user interface. By running NirCmd with simple command-line option, you can write and delete values and keys in the Registry, write values into INI file, dial to your internet account or connect to a VPN network, restart windows or shut down the computer, create shortcut to a file, change the created/modified date of a file, change your display settings, turn off your monitor, open the door of your CD-ROM drive, and more.