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MS-PROMPT commands

  1. Dec 28, 2003 #1
    anyone knows where to get a list of all the ms-prompt commands ?
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  3. Dec 28, 2003 #2


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    run the command "help"
  4. Dec 28, 2003 #3
    Specified COMMAND search directory bad

    Microsoft(R) Windows Millennium
    (C)Copyright Microsoft Corp 1981-1999.

    i only got this when i typed "command help"
    and "bad command bad file name " when i type "help"
  5. Dec 29, 2003 #4


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    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.
  6. Dec 29, 2003 #5
    it's the same.
    i typed c:\help
    and got a message"bad command or file name"
  7. Dec 29, 2003 #6
    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.
  8. Dec 29, 2003 #7
    just "help"
  9. Dec 29, 2003 #8


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    "help" works for me as well.

    Is there anything in particular you're trying to do, Vincent?
  10. Dec 29, 2003 #9
    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.

    Command.com (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?
  11. Dec 29, 2003 #10
    windows cannot find "cmd.exe".
  12. Dec 29, 2003 #11
    Some source: http://www.google.com and http://www.ee.usyd.edu.au/tutorials_online/topics/itopics/dos-cmds.html
    Some of this doesn't work in XP
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