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Computer Tips – MS-DOS

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Computer Tips – MS-DOS


For today’s topic I want to briefly go over several Microsoft DOS commands that can be extremely helpful along with detailed information about each command.

At one time or another myself included I may have to use Microsoft DOS commands once in a while. Overall it’s a very helpful utility.

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When you are working with Microsoft DOS it can seem to be a bit overwhelming. However, DOS can come in handy if you are using an older computer that does not have windows 7 or newer installed.

Whether this is the first time you’ve found about Microsoft DOS you’ll be greatly intrigued.


The command command starts a new instance of the command.com command interpreter.


The copy command does exactly that – it copies one or more files from one location to another.


The ctty command is used to change the default input and output devices for the system.

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The date command is used to show or change the current date.


The dblspace command is used to create or configure DoubleSpace drives.

DriveSpace, executed using the drvspace command, is an updated version of DoubleSpace.


The debug command starts Debug, a command line application used to test and edit programs.


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The defrag command is used to defragment a drive you specify. The defrag command is the command line version of Microsoft’s Disk Defragmenter.


The del command is used to delete one or more files.

The del command is the same as the erase command.


The deltree command is used to delete a directory and all the files and subdirectories within it.


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

The dir command also displays other important information like the hard drive’s serial number, the total number of files listed, their combined size, the total amount of free space left on the drive, and more.

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The diskcomp command is used to compare the contents of two floppy disks.


The diskcopy command is used to copy the entire contents of one floppy disk to another.


The doskey command is used to edit command lines, create macros, and recall previously entered commands.


The erase command is used to delete one or more files.

The erase command is the same as the del command.


The exit command is used to end the command.com session that you’re currently working in.


The expand command is used to extract a single file or a group of files from a compressed file.

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The fasthelp command provides more detailed information on any of the other MS-DOS commands.


The fastopen command is used to add a program’s hard drive location to a special list stored in memory, potentially improving the program’s launch time by removing the need for MS-DOS to locate the application on the drive.


The fc command is used to compare two individual or sets of files and then show the differences between them.


The fdisk command is used to create, manage, and delete hard drive partitions.


The find command is used to search for a specified text string in one or more files.


The for command is used to run a specified command for each file in a set of files. The for command is most often used within a batch or script file.

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The format command is used to format a drive in the file system that you specify.


The goto command is used in a batch or script file to direct the command process to a labeled line in the script.


The graphics command is used to load a program that can print graphics.


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

Some of these commands you may use more than others while most may not be used at all.

Thanks again for taking the time to check out this post, and I hope you all enjoy the information that I have provided here today. If you need help click here to contact me. For more computer repair & service information feel free to check out my other posts.

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