How to Open a Terminal Session in Windows 7

By Alexander Poirier

Most computer applications operate from within an application window, but this was not always the case. Early computer programs were managed through the use of a command line interface, a method of control that is still available on modern computers. On a Mac computer, the command line interface comes in the form of the Terminal application. On a Windows 7 computer, the Terminal equivalent is the Command Prompt program.

Step 1

Click the "Start" button to open the Start menu.

Step 2

Open the "All Programs" menu, followed by the "Accessories" option.

Step 3

Select the "Command Prompt" option from the "Accessories" menu to open a command-line interface session in a new window on the computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you need to make privileged system changes from the command line, use the "Admin" version of Command Prompt. You will need to specify valid administrator-level credentials to proceed.