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Important and must remember DOS Commands

In today's world we are mostly dependent on computers, unlike old days now computer comes with latest operating systems. Microsoft Windows is one of the most user friendly operating system these days. GUI interface of Microsoft Windows is very good. We can perform most of our task using few clicks. But what happens when GUI interface of Windows fails to perform as required. There becomes very critical situation, but there is something which can help us to come out of the issue. And the answer is MS-DOS.

MS-DOS is a command based tool and is the initial and still working version of Operating system build by Microsoft. Latest version of Windows Operating Systems comes pre-installed with MS-DOS named as Command Prompt or CMD.

You can simply open the DOS prompt by using CMD command in run dialogue.
(Navigation: Start Menu -- All Programs -- Accessories -- Command Prompt
press windows logo key + r -- type CMD and hit enter)
Below is the list of Important and must remember DOS Commands:

Cd/Chdir: The cd/chdir command is used to display the drive letter and folder that you are currently in. Chdir can also be used to change the drive and/or directory that you want to work in.

Chkdsk: The chkdsk command often referred to as check disk, and is used to identify and/or to correct hard drive errors.

Cls: The cls command clears the screen of all previously entered commands and text.

Copy: The copy command copies one or more files from/to one location to another.

Date: The date command is being used to show or change the current date of the computer.

Del/Erase: The del/erase command is used to delete one or more files.

Dir: The dir command is used to display a list of files and folders contained within the folder that you are currently working in.

Exit: The exit command is used to end the command prompt session that you're currently working in.

Help: The help command provides more detailed information on other DOS commands.

Label: The label command is used to manage the volume label of a disk.

Md/Mkdir: The md/mkdir command is used to create a new folder.

More: The more command is used to display the information contained in a text file. The more command can also be used to paginate the results of any other MS-DOS command.

Move: The move command is used to move one or files from one folder to another. The move command is also used to rename directories.

Path: The path command is used to display or set a specific path available to executable files.

Pause: The pause command is used within a batch or script file to pause the processing of the file. When the pause command is used, a "Press any key to continue…" message is displayed.

Ren/Rename: The rename command is used to change the name of the individual file that you specify.

Rmdir: The rmdir command is used to delete a directory.

Scandisk: The scandisk command is used to start Microsoft ScanDisk, a disk repair program.

Set: The set command is used to display, enable, or disable environment variables in MS-DOS.

Time: The time command is used to show or change the current time.

Tree: The tree command is used to graphically display the folder structure of a specified drive or path.

Vol: The vol command shows the volume label and serial number of a specified disk, assuming this information exists. More »

Xcopy: The xcopy command can copy one or more files or directory trees from one location to another.

There is lot more we can do within DOS. We will comeback soon with detailed version of these DOS commands.

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