Uses For A List Of Simple DOS Commands

By: Michaelcollins
It's easy to find a list of simple DOS commands - however most of them only list a few of the more popular commands - they are not complete. A complete DOS command list is quite extensive.

Microsoft Corp has MS-DOS as it's trademark. Disk Operating System is what DOS stands for. The reason it was written (it is software) - was to control hardware. That hardware was the IBM PC. When it was introduced to the computing industry in 1981, Microsoft Windows was not even on the drawing board. The user interface for DOS is a plain simple command line. The last update for DOS which was ver 6.22 happened in 1994.

On the DOS command line, you will find yourself at the "command prompt". This will look something like "C:>". This tells you that drive C (hard disk) is where DOS expects to find whatever command you are about to run. If your files resided on a different drive, then you need to change the DOS prompt eg D:. The command prompt will then look like this "D:>"

There's been a range of versions of DOS released since it's original release. These are:

1. PC-DOS

2. MS DOS

3. DR DOS

4. 4DOS.

DOS will run very happily within windows if need be. Sometimes, issuing a DOS command on the command line can be a quicker option than going through the attractive interface Windows presents us with. It is in this situation that it could be advantageous to have a list of simple DOS commands on hand.

Another great use for DOS in today's era, is when Windows spits the dummy and simply won't co-operate, DOS commands is what you are left with to communicate with your computer.

Since nearly anything of importance can be done on a command line and a DOS prompt. So a list of simple DOS commands is quite a handy little thing to have nearby.

File and directory management are what the main and most common DOS commands are about. Microsoft Windows XP provides DOS command shell, which contains 71 DOS commands.

If you find yourself looking for a list of simple DOS commands, the first place you should go is to your DOS user manual if you still have it.
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