NirCmd 2.86

Reviewed by Pete Daniel

"Do many useful tasks from command-line."

Overview

NirCmd is a command line utility that includes scores of different commands that can be executed in order to perform different tasks.

The software can be used to write new values in the Windows registry or delete existing values and keys. Connect to a VPN network properly. Turn off the monitor after a set period of time. Get the CD-ROM drive to open or close. Or just close or minimize all windows open in Internet Explorer.

The main advantage of using NirCmd is that a talented Windows user can write various scripts that take advantage of the many commands easily accessible when using this package. The user can then run scripts that perform certain functions overnight, during weekends or just when they want to perform a series of actions in sequence without having to tend to the details themselves; program once, then launch the script as many times as needed.

For web developers, there is even the option to easily restart the Microsoft IIS web server software or restart Microsoft SQL Server relational database system when either get stuck or stop functioning correctly. This avoids the need to jump into the management console of each application each time.

Installation

The software is a portable application so it does not need to be installed.

There was no adware, toolbars, spyware or malware included with the file archive.

NirCmd requires Windows 9x, ME, NT, 2000, XP, Windows Server 2003, Vista, Windows Server 2008, 7, or 8.

Interface

There is no actual interface that comes with NirCmd.

The software is accessed via the command line and commands included with the software can be accessed directly by entering them or via a script to execute a series of scripts.

The user will enter nircmd.exe followed by the command that they want to access. A list of the possible command line entries is shown at the product page.

Pros

  • Command line utility that includes many useful commands
  • Access VPN settings
  • Increase, decrease, mute or unmute the volume
  • Start or stop a screen saver or turn off the monitor altogether
  • Restart Microsoft IIS web server
  • Restart Microsoft SQL server
  • Can be used in shell scripts to automatically execute on a schedule or when manually run

Cons

  • Will only suit users who like to use scripts and scheduled tasks

Alternatives

WinParrot can control or record any program in Windows.

Conclusion

NirCmd is a useful command line tool for anyone who likes to use scripts to control various aspects of Windows or some applications.

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Antivirus information

Download3K has downloaded and tested NirCmd on 5 Aug 2019 with some of Today's best antivirus engines and you can find below, for your convenience, the scan results:
  • Avast:

    Clean
  • Avira:

    Clean
  • Kaspersky:

    Clean
  • McAfee:

    Clean
  • NOD32:

    Clean
NirCmd Antivirus Report
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