Here is Fix For Couldn’t Type in CMD or the Command Prompt in Windows

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A couple of days ago, I was trying to troubleshoot the 100% disk usage error on my Windows 10 PC. That's when I discovered that I couldn’t type in CMD or the Command Prompt. This started a new series of troubleshooting steps before I was finally able to resolve both the issues.

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I realized during my research that other Windows users were also facing the same issue. Most of them said that they were unable to type or see what they were typing in CMD. So I thought of covering the topic in detail so that others could benefit from it. Without further ado, here are some ways to solve CMD typing error.

1. Reboot and Relaunch

An old trick but you will be surprised how often this can work. Very simple to follow too. Just save and close everything including CMD, reboot your computer and relaunch CMD. If it doesn't work for you, then let's check out other solutions.

3. Use Legacy Console

The Windows 10 came with an advanced version of Command Prompt that allows users to do things like resize the window and paste commands using CTRL+V shortcut. However, Microsoft has retained the legacy console that you can switch to if you want. Some users have reported that switching back to the legacy console solved the issue for them.
To do so, launch the command prompt and click on the little black icon on the upper left to select Properties.

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In the Options tab, you will find the option to enable Legacy Console again at the bottom. Select it and click on OK.

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Note: You will have to close the Command Prompt and relaunch it for the change to take place. Also, when you are using the legacy console, options such as CTRL shortcuts (cut, copy or paste commands) will be disabled as seen in the screenshot above.

4. CMD.EXE or CMD.COM

It is possible that you are using COMMAND.COM (unknowingly, of course) instead of CMD.exe which may be causing this error. There is a difference between the both, if you are not already familiar with the concept. Press the Windows+R shortcut to open RUN and type cmd.exe before hitting enter to launch the command prompt.

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It is also possible that you have malware on your computer with the file name cmd.com. When you just type cmd, Pathext will search for the executable file in the following order:
PATHEXT=.COM;.EXE;.BAT;.CMD;.VBS;.VBE;.JS;.JSE;.WSF;.WSH
As you can see, COM takes precedence over EXE here which might be causing this problem. What about this malware now? You will need to download Malwarebytes to scan your computer. I would also recommend you to run HijackThis and check for any infections.

Your Wish is My Command

Ideally, typing just CMD in the RUN dialog prompt should open Command Prompt. You should be able to use it normally, but sometimes, it fails to work as intended. While we have covered several ways to troubleshoot this error, there may be other ways too. Let us know if you know of any other method that helped resolve the issue.
Next up: Could there be anything better than the Command Prompt? Here are a few alternatives to CMD that are better than the original.

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