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MS-PROMPT commands

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Dec28-03, 12:11 PM
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anyone knows where to get a list of all the ms-prompt commands ?
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run the command "help"
Dec28-03, 10:49 PM
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i only got this when i typed "command help"
and "bad command bad file name " when i type "help"

Dec29-03, 01:13 AM
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MS-PROMPT commands

Works on my machine.

I get the sneaky suspicion you did exactly what you just said; you ran "command help" then ran "help". Try again, but just run "help"...

"command help" does something else entirely, among other things, as I've tested here, it puts you in a shell without any of your environment variables set properly; in particular your path isn't set right, so when you subsqeuently tried to run "help", it didn't know the path to search.
Dec29-03, 02:13 AM
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it's the same.
i typed c:\help
and got a message"bad command or file name"
Dec29-03, 02:26 AM
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Did you type "C:\help" at the Dos prompt or just "help". Just "help" by itself is what needs to be entered at the command prompt.
Dec29-03, 03:38 AM
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just "help"
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"help" works for me as well.

Is there anything in particular you're trying to do, Vincent?
Dec29-03, 04:28 AM
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From start ->run, you could try entering "cmd.exe". If that doesn't work, see if a command prompt shortcut exists in your accessories folder on your start menu, if it does, start that. (aka command) is the 16 bit ms-dos command intrepreter. cmd.exe is a 32 bit Windows application that emulates dos.

Does Win ME have cmd.exe?
Dec29-03, 04:39 AM
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windows cannot find "cmd.exe".
Dec29-03, 11:09 AM
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Some source: and
Some of this doesn't work in XP
ASSOC Displays or modifies file extension associations
AT Schedules commands and programs to run on a computer.
ATTRIB displays or changes file attributes
BREAK Sets or clears extended CTRL+C checking.
CACLS Displays or modifies access control lists (ACLs) of files.
CALL Calls one batch program from another.
CD Displays the name of or changes the current directory.
CHCP Displays or sets the active code page number.
CHDIR or CD displays the name of the current directory or changes the current directory
CHKDSK checks the status of a disk and displays a status report; it can also fix disk errors
CHKNTFS Displays or modifies the checking of disk at boot time
CLS clears the screen
COPY copies one or more files to a destination you specify
CMD Starts a new instance of the Windows 2000 command interpreter.
COLOR Sets the default console foreground and background colors.
COMP Compares the contents of two files or sets of files.
COMPACT Displays or alters the compression of files on NTFS partitions.
CONVERT Converts FAT volumes to NTFS. You cannot convert the
current drive
DATE Displays or sets the date.
DEL deletes the files you specify
DELTREIE deletes a directory and all the files and subdirectories that are in it
DIR displays the files and subdirectories that are in the directory you specify
DISKCOMP Compares the contents of two floppy disks.
DISKCOPY copies the entire contents of one floppy disk to another floppy disk. It writes over the existing contents of the destination disk as it copies the new information on it.
DOSKEY Edits command lines, recalls Windows 2000 commands
ECHO displays or hides the text in batch programs when the program is running.
ENDLOCAL Ends localization of environment changes in a batch file.
EDIT starts MS-DOS Editor, a text editor you can use to create and edit ASCII text files.
ERASE deletes the files you specify
EXIT quits the MS-DOS command interpreter and returns to the program that started it, if one exists.
FASTHELP displays a list of all MS-DOS 6 commands and gives a short explanation of each.
FC Compares two files or sets of files, and displays the differences
between them.
FIND searches for a specific string of text in a file or files
FINDSTR Searches for strings in files.
FOR Runs a specified command for each file in a set of files
FORMAT formats a disk for use with MS-DOS
FTYPE Displays or modifies file types used in file extension association
GOTO Directs the Windows 2000 command interpreter to a labeled line in
batch program.
GRAFTABL Enables Windows 2000 to display an extended character set in graph
HELP starts MS-DOS Help
IF Performs conditional processing in batch programs.
LABEL Creates, changes, or deletes the volume label of a disk.
MKDIR or MD creates a directory
MEM displays the amount of used and free memory on your computer
MODE Configures a system device.
MORE displays one screen of output at a time
MOVE moves one or more files to the location you specify
MSBACKUP backs up or restores one or more files from one disk onto another
MSD Provides technical information about your computer
PATH Displays or sets a search path for executable files.
PAUSE Suspends processing of a batch file and displays a message.
POPD Restores the previous value of the current directory saved by PUSH
PRINT prints a text file while you are using other MS-DOS commands
PROMPT Changes the Windows 2000 command prompt.
PUSHD Saves the current directory then changes it.
QBASIC starts MS-DOS Qbasic
RD or RMDIR deletes a directory
RECOVER Recovers readable information from a bad or defective disk.
REM Records comments (remarks) in batch files or CONFIG.SYS.
REN changes the name of the file or files you specify
RMDIR or RD deletes a directory
SET Displays, sets, or removes Windows 2000 environment variables.
SETLOCAL Begins localization of environment changes in a batch file.
SHIFT Shifts the position of replaceable parameters in batch files.
SORT Sorts input.
START Starts a separate window to run a specified program or command.
SUBST Associates a path with a drive letter.
SCANDISK starts a disk analysis and repair tool that checks a drive for errors and corrects any problems that it finds.
TIME Displays or sets the system time.
TITLE Sets the window title for a CMD.EXE session.
TREE graphicaly displays the structure of a directory
UNDELETE restores files that were deleted previously by using the DEL command
TYPE Displays the contents of a text file.
VERIFY Tells Windows 2000 whether to verify that your files are written
correctly to a disk.
VER displays the MS-DOS version number
XCOPY copies directories , their subdirectories, and files except hidden and system files.

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