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Windows 7: Is It Good To Know How To Use Command prompt?

03 Apr 2011   #1

Is It Good To Know How To Use Command prompt?

Hey I was just wondering id it was a good idea to have an extensive knowledge on the windows command prompt and how to use it. If so can anyone share some links to where I could see some tutorials? thanks!

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03 Apr 2011   #2

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Windows 7 x64

I wouldn't say the average user needs a deep working knowledge of it.
Knowing a few basic commands will help in general though.
ipconfig /all - dumps all connection information in a screen
sfc /scannow - scans and verifies the integrity of the windows core files.

Basically everything you need to know is covered when you just type help in the console.
to get specific information on a specific command just type the command and use /?
example :
ipconfig /?

That will dump the help file for ipconfig and list all its modifiers.

learning to use it a little more in-depth could be useful in creating tasks or your own custom batch files (batch file is a shortcut in dos basically)
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03 Apr 2011   #3


Where would i go to learn more in depth?
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03 Apr 2011   #4

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DJTHEGUY View Post
Where would i go to learn more in depth?
Google for "DOS tutorial' or "batch file tutorial".
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03 Apr 2011   #5
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

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03 Apr 2011   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64, SP1

You could look at used book stores or thrift stores for a hard copy/reference for an more recent version like MS DOS 6.22 too. I still have mine and actually referred to it a few months ago. I am glad I know DOS commands although I have forgotten more than I remember now. In 1999 some very esoteric commands were covered in my A+ exam. Even with Windows 7, understanding how it works with commands like diskpart comes in handy. There is DR DOS and also free is FreeDOS that supports 32 bit protected mode. One last tip is to help remember syntax or switches is to type /? at the end of a command. Open a prompt and type for example chkdsk /?

Edit: Just noticed Maguscreed posted using the help switch too.
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03 Apr 2011   #7

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Here is a good DOS command index:

EasyDOS Command Index

Basic commands are very useful. I took DOS classes nearly 20 years ago and use the commands in some way or other weekly if not daily, even though I haven't used anything but Windows for over 10 years.
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