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How to Run a Traceroute on Windows 10, 8, 7 and Vista

In this article we explain how you can run a traceroute on Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista. You can run a traceroute to determine where the connection to the servers fails. You can also run a traceroute to determine what servers you pass when you’re reaching a website.

Let’s get started on running a traceroute on Windows! The steps are quite easy and should be easy to follow for everyone.

How to Run a Traceroute on Windows 10, 8, 7 and Vista

1. Begin by pressing the Windows and R key on your keyboard at the same time, a Run window will appear, then type cmd and hit enter. Alternatively you can open Start and type Command Prompt and then click on Command Prompt


How to Run a TraceRoute on Windows. Run CMD



2. Once CMD has opened you can type the following command, once you typed the command hit enter. A traceroute can take some time, so sit back and relax:

tracert WEBSITE/IP

In the command above replace Website/IP with the website you want to trace to or the ip you want to trace to. You can also add additional parameters to set a maximum to the number of hops, to force IPv6 and so on. We will show the parameters below.


How to Run a Traceroute on Windows: Successful result
How to Run a Traceroute on Windows: Successful result


In the image above you can see a successful traceroute to WindowsInstructed.com. If you see * * * * appear multiple times then the connection at that point was lost.

Parameters you can use with Tracert

You can use the following parameters / options when you run a traceroute on Windows.

Parameter Description
-d Do not resolve addresses to hostnames.
-h Maximum number of hops to search for target.
-j Loose source route along host-list (IPv4-only).
-w Wait timeout milliseconds for each reply.
-r Trace round-trip path (IPv6-only).
-s Source address to use (IPv6-only).
-4 Force using IPv4.
-6 Force using IPv6.


We hope this article explained to you how you start and read a traceroute on Windows. If you have any more questions or comments then feel free to visit our forums where we will help you personally for free. Thanks for reading.

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