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Question Anyone still play with DOS commands?

Occassionally, to fix something right, I drop down into Terminal Mode, or CMD: if you will.

I had to refresh my memory on 'ipconfig' and something else, forget now...

anyway, what brought it all up, was I lost the internet:
just gone. Yet my ADSL modem said all is hunky dory....

That ended up in a call to AT&T Tech Support who reset the Central Office Server to my part of town..... now all is well again.

anyway, just wondering if anyone else messes with DOS commands anymore?

For instance, to get this list of commands, I typed in HELP/? > INFO.TXT
and then I just opened up info.txt and did a copy/paste to here.


For more information on a specific command, type HELP command-name


ASSOC Displays or modifies file extension associations.
ATTRIB Displays or changes file attributes.
BREAK Sets or clears extended CTRL+C checking.
BCDEDIT Sets properties in boot database to control boot loading.
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 Displays the name of or changes the current directory.
CHKDSK Checks a disk and displays a status report.
CHKNTFS Displays or modifies the checking of disk at boot time.
CLS Clears the screen.
CMD Starts a new instance of the Windows 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.
COPY Copies one or more files to another location.
DATE Displays or sets the date.
DEL Deletes one or more files.
DIR Displays a list of files and subdirectories in a directory.
DISKCOMP Compares the contents of two floppy disks.
DISKCOPY Copies the contents of one floppy disk to another.
DISKPART Displays or configures Disk Partition properties.
DOSKEY Edits command lines, recalls Windows commands, and
creates macros.
DRIVERQUERY Displays current device driver status and properties.
ECHO Displays messages, or turns command echoing on or off.
ENDLOCAL Ends localization of environment changes in a batch file.
ERASE Deletes one or more files.
EXIT Quits the CMD.EXE program (command interpreter).
FC Compares two files or sets of files, and displays the
differences between them.
FIND Searches for a text string 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 Windows.
FSUTIL Displays or configures the file system properties.
FTYPE Displays or modifies file types used in file extension
associations.
GOTO Directs the Windows command interpreter to a labeled line in
a batch program.
GPRESULT Displays Group Policy information for machine or user.
GRAFTABL Enables Windows to display an extended character set in
graphics mode.
HELP Provides Help information for Windows commands.
ICACLS Display, modify, backup, or restore ACLs for files and
directories.
IF Performs conditional processing in batch programs.
LABEL Creates, changes, or deletes the volume label of a disk.
MD Creates a directory.
MKDIR Creates a directory.
MKLINK Creates Symbolic Links and Hard Links
MODE Configures a system device.
MORE Displays output one screen at a time.
MOVE Moves one or more files from one directory to another
directory.
OPENFILES Displays files opened by remote users for a file share.
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
PUSHD.
PRINT Prints a text file.
PROMPT Changes the Windows command prompt.
PUSHD Saves the current directory then changes it.
RD Removes a directory.
RECOVER Recovers readable information from a bad or defective disk.
REM Records comments (remarks) in batch files or CONFIG.SYS.
REN Renames a file or files.
RENAME Renames a file or files.
REPLACE Replaces files.
RMDIR Removes a directory.
ROBOCOPY Advanced utility to copy files and directory trees
SET Displays, sets, or removes Windows environment variables.
SETLOCAL Begins localization of environment changes in a batch file.
SC Displays or configures services (background processes).
SCHTASKS Schedules commands and programs to run on a computer.
SHIFT Shifts the position of replaceable parameters in batch files.
SHUTDOWN Allows proper local or remote shutdown of machine.
SORT Sorts input.
START Starts a separate window to run a specified program or command.
SUBST Associates a path with a drive letter.
SYSTEMINFO Displays machine specific properties and configuration.
TASKLIST Displays all currently running tasks including services.
TASKKILL Kill or stop a running process or application.
TIME Displays or sets the system time.
TITLE Sets the window title for a CMD.EXE session.
TREE Graphically displays the directory structure of a drive or
path.
TYPE Displays the contents of a text file.
VER Displays the Windows version.
VERIFY Tells Windows whether to verify that your files are written
correctly to a disk.
VOL Displays a disk volume label and serial number.
XCOPY Copies files and directory trees.
WMIC Displays WMI information inside interactive command shell.

For more information on tools see the command-line reference in the online help.
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Haven't thought of any DOS commands in years.
...thinking back, as a kid, typing lines out in Basic, storing everything on cassette tape, hunting bulletin boards at night because long-distance was cheaper after 9pm.
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I haven't played with DOS since the advent of Windows 95....... I actually liked Windows 3.0 and 3.1 because "it" could be controlled via Dos...... Not so much after 95 came out. Not that you didn't have access to it, 95 just made it so you didn't need to use it as much. and with each new windows version, it became more the norm to forget about DOS..... For which, I have..... Sadly, I use to be pretty good with it.

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I remember writing some quite long DOS Batch file commands...

In fact, I still use several on my Win7 desktop here Every Day !!!

for instance, look at this one.


This is a single line batch file, and without, my Quicken Checkbook refuses to work.
I put in several calls to Quicken Tech Support, all of them useless as those nipples on a Boar Hog....

I finally fixed itmyself, after learning they don't know their arse from a hole in the ground.


taskkill /f /im qw.exe


What happens is, Quicked at 0800 each morning, polls the banking system to download your transactions. but, it does not remove its' process from the Registry Stack.....

If that Stack List still shows the executable is "running", it refuses to start up a new instance ( ie, the actual Check book so I can look at it ) and it is Game Over....

Quicken worked like a champ on WinXP, and then I moved that version of Quicken over to Win7 and it still plugged along, working just fine.

then the banking services changed their authentication proceedures, went super hi-tech and that resulted in my having to buy a new Upgrade..... went from Quicken 2008 to 2012 all in one fell swoop.

and that was the end of it working like it should... Never More, Quoth the Raven...

Okay, I opened up Task Manager and looked at the list of Executables to see what is going on. Yup, sure enough, QW.EXE is still on the list, every morning like clockwork.

I could bring up Task Manager, kill qw.exe and then the Desktop Checkbook would boot up just fine. All is well in Hoboken... until tomorrow morning.

I stewed on this in a bit of fury for a while.... then one morning, at 2:30 AM, I woke up and said "John, just kill the SOB before you boot the Desktop Checkbook.

so, I did, I wrote that little program and it is "Job Done".
I placed a Desktop Shortcut icon right next to the Quicken Icon, click on the batch job, click on the shortcut, and up it comes....

now, think about it a touch more..........

Want to add a neat trick?
Just add that batch file as a "Scheduled Task" to run about 0900 each day...
now all is well in Hoboken....

yes, DOS is still very powerful, and sometimes, it is the ONLY WAY you can get your work done.

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..up until about '05 thereabouts, I still used DOS-based (5.x is the earliest I recall seeing, not using) programming of my older Kenwood 2-way equipment. I preferred using programming laptops of x86 vintage to more closely match clock speed transfer parameters. Pentium-class machines could corrupt the data stream.
Windows 1.1 > was used after DOS, as Kenwood saw the computer market forecasting as accurate. I recall using 3.0 a few times.
Win95 onward through each new OS.
Win2000 seemed the most stable.

..programming GE chips was in machine language with scientific calculators, out of a suitcase with a built-in printer. That printer saved a lot of handwriting.

DOS programming made the programming of commercial two-way radio equipment much easier and faster.

I used either a Itronix 6250pro or a Toshiba Libretto for most field programming. Both running dual booting to either DOS-based Win3.11 or Win98.

It was at about that time KWood started using WinXP or higher for all programming. Somewhere around the new TK-8650 narrowband radio timeline.
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Also, Kenwood was using DOS command line generated graphics as a user interface w/data entry capabilities.
DOS, with a Windows-like emulator with mouse or trackball control.
...that software wasn't cheap back then.
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What two-way programming I did, was very little.

I had segwayed into the Computer support world by then, and had quit playing with ham radios...

I just updated my FCC status info a couple of weeks ago, and they sent me a new License.... oh whoopee, is that 'license' suitable for framing? not now,

years ago, like in 1958 it was, I framed that sucker....

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Haven't thought of any DOS commands in years.
...thinking back, as a kid, typing lines out in Basic, storing everything on cassette tape, hunting bulletin boards at night because long-distance was cheaper after 9pm.
Bulletin Boards were free to use back then. No fee for password access.
...much like this forum today; free to access.
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I had the old TI-99/4A also. It was a great learning experience. I had the memory expansion, dual 5 1/4 disk drives, expansion box, a 13" tv, an ink jet printer and a dot matrix printer with it. We had a big TI users group on Okinawa, and I sold the whole unit before I rotated back to the states. My next computer was a 286 with a massive 10MB hard drive.

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