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Is there a way I can bind a keyboard combination (for example Win + c) to launch the command prompt in Windows 7?

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I believe your question has been answered here – OldWolf Sep 9 '11 at 14:10

Find a Command Prompt GUI icon. There's one located in Start > All Programs > Accessories by default. Right-click it and select Properties from the context menu. Enter some unused key combination in the "Shortcut key:" field.

My keyboard doesn't have a Windows key, so I don't know about the specific combo you requested, but I confirmed that this works in the general case with Ctrl+Alt+C.

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This unfortunately cannot start a second instance of the same program -- instead, it is brought to the foreground. – grawity Sep 9 '11 at 14:56

Well the second best thing is this:

1) Hit "WinKey + R" to launch the run-software (or whatever it is called)

2) Type "cmd" into the run command-line. Then hit "enter"

This will launch the command prompt. Whatever was your last launch-command will be saved there. In this scenario, you've only ever typed in "cmd". Next time you only have to hit "WinKey + R" and then "Enter" to launch the prompt, as the "cmd" will be there when you start run-commandline.

E.g. I use it to instantly open a private window in firefox by inserting "firefox -private-window" into the command line.

Hope this helps.

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This doesn't really answer the question. – DavidPostill Oct 29 '15 at 23:01

The following will allow you to create a persistent hotkey that will open a new CMD window every time you press it. As another user noted, one of the other answers allows you to create one new CMD window with the hotkey, but subsequent presses just bring that window into focus instead of creating additional windows.

Ensure Shortcut Hotkeys Persist

In order to make sure your hotkey configuration persists across reboots, create a new folder called _hotkeys at this location:

%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\

Create Batch Script to Open a CMD Window

  1. Open up the new _hotkeys folder, and inside of it create a new file called start_cmd.bat
  2. Open start_cmd.bat, enter the following, and save it:
    @echo off
    start cmd

Create a Shortcut to the Batch Script

  1. Right-click the start_cmd.bat file and select Create Shortcut
  2. Right-click the new shortcut file and select Properties
  3. Set your desired hotkey using the Shortcut key box
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