How do I generate a traceroute in Windows [examples]

How do I generate a traceroute in Windows [examples]

This article will demonstrate how to perform a traceroute in multiple versions of Windows. Traceroutes are useful for Vivio Technicians to help determine causes of slowness or other connectivity issues.

How to generate a traceroute using Windows 7

To perform a traceroute using Windows 7, go to your Start Menu, and type in 'cmd' in the search box. This should bring up the 'cmd.exe' program, which is the windows command-line processor.

Windows 7 Command-Line Prompt

Once you have the command-line prompt open, simply type

> tracert [host]

The "host" value can be any value you want, but since a Vivio Technician is usually requesting a traceroute from you so that they can diagnose slowness or connectivity problems, you probably want to use your own domain as the host. For now, we'll just use 'google.com'.

> tracert google.com

And the output will look something like this. Just send this to the Vivio Technician you're working with, and you should be all set!

Windows 7 traceroute command to google.com

 

How to generate a traceroute using Windows 8.1

To perform a traceroute on Windows 8.1, start by going to your start button (you know, the thing MS removed from Windows 8 then reluctantly put back in to the generously free update to Windows 8.1):

WIndows 8 Start Menu Button

Once you're on the 'Start' screen with all the pretty little windows, goto the top right and hit the search icon:

Windows 8 Start Screen Search Icon

Type in 'cmd' into the search box, and you should see the command-line process or come up like so:

Windows 8 Command Line Tool

Once you have the command-line prompt open, simply type

> tracert [host]

The "host" value can be any value you want, but since a Vivio Technician is usually requesting a traceroute from you so that they can diagnose slowness or connectivity problems, you probably want to use your own domain as the host. For now, we'll just use 'google.com'.

> tracert google.com

And the output will look something like this. Just send this to the Vivio Technician you're working with, and you should be all set!

Windows 8 traceroute command