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I'm studying IT and in my current class in learning the basic MS DOS commands (CD, DIR, TREE, etc...). At the school, I'm using windows 7, and I don't know how but I'm still able to run the old EDIT command in DOS.

However, in my Windows 8 (64-bit version) laptop I'm not able to run this command. I know that it's kind silly to ask for that once I can use a common text editor like: notepad or notepad++ but only as a way to recreate the environment hat I have in class I'm looking for a way to use the EDIT command.

I've heard some people talking about DOSBox or ExDOS as a solution but I don't know them.

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The question is: why is your class teaching you ancient technology; why they haven't taught you that MS-DOS is no longer in use, and that the current implementation of those commands is the Windows Command Prompt. – John Saunders Feb 16 '13 at 23:36
Have you tired using powershell? – Ben Mordecai Feb 17 '13 at 4:02
If you want to use the edit command, say to be compatible with preexisting batch files or something, you could write your own edit.bat batch file that just runs another editor: notepad.exe %1. Another alternative is to use echo to create small text files as suggested in answer to a similar question posted here at – User5910 Feb 17 '13 at 4:38
Is this a computer history class?! – Michael Hampton Feb 17 '13 at 7:21
Win7 32-bit still has and can run 16-bit, but obviously Win7 64-bit can't and so it's not included. Also see Modern text editor that mimics MS-DOS EDIT?, command line text editor like “edit” for windows x64, Replacement for edit.exe in 64-bit Windows cmd/powershell etc. – Karan Feb 17 '13 at 18:49

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While it will work differently (definitely the EDIT utility will not be the same), you can download a ready-made FreeDOS virtual machine and run in VirtualBox.

Or, if you have the access, install a 32-bit Windows in a virtual machine and run it there.

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MS-Dos editor(edit.exe) is not present in Modern 64 bit windows. The only option is notepad. So I did this in the following way.

  1. Press Windows key+R -> type cmd and hit enter ->in thr taskbar right click on the Command prompt icon ->Click pin to task bar ->close commant prompt Now again Right click on the Command prompt icon(you have recently pinned) ->Right Click on Command Prompt -> Click Properties->In Shortcut tab write "%windir%\system32\" (without quotes) in the Start in box-> Click ok

  2. Open Command Prompt from Task bar(you have recent pinned command prompt icon in Task bar)

    *To View Command prompt(CMD) in full sreen Start CMD -> Right Click on Name Bar
    of CMD->Click Layout -> Increase Window Buffer Size width and height

  3. Type "notepad" without quotes.

  4. write your text and save

You have successfully Write,save and edit a text file x64 bit Windows using COMMAND PROMPT".

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You can use echo command in windows 10

Example: 1: If you want to edit C:/test/now.txt file Command below
Command: >> cd c:/test

echo This is a line what adding in now file >> now.txt

2: You can make a file using cmd
Command: >> cd c:/test

echo this is a text file >text.txt

3: You can view a file using cmd
command: >> cd c:/test

type now.txt

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Uh, edit does come with a little bit more than overwriting, appending and viewing of file content (e.g. editing it) :) – zagrimsan Nov 25 at 13:05

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