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Is there a windows equivalent of Linux's "get" command in windows that I can use to obtain remote objects? I want to be able to have a batch file download a remote file on execution.

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possible duplicate:… – mnmnc Apr 2 '13 at 0:45
Any restriction that prevents you from using wget, curl and so on? – Karan Apr 2 '13 at 0:56
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Assuming you use windows powershell, is this what you are looking for:

If you just need to retrieve a file, you can use the DownloadFile method of the WebClient object:

$client = new-object System.Net.WebClient

$client.DownloadFile( $url,$path )

Where $url is a string representing the file's URL, and $path representing the local path the file will be saved to.

Note that $path must include the file name; it can't just be a directory.

Comes from this topic: Native alternative to wget in Windows PowerShell?

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This is just a batch file run from an elevated command prompt. Will this work in a plain old command prompt? – nate302 Apr 2 '13 at 0:50
I don't think it will run in the CMD that comes with XP/Vista. From Win7 onwards, PowerShell comes out of the box. If you don't have PowerShell and you are familiar with unix shell script, why not try Cygwin? – Vincent Apr 2 '13 at 0:57
It's a server 2008 r2 box and I've not seen Cygwin. Is there a way without using Cygwin? (get is probably the only linux command I'd be using) – nate302 Apr 2 '13 at 0:59
I believe it is possible to install PowerShell on server 2008:… or Would that be an option for you? – Vincent Apr 2 '13 at 1:03
I have powershell, I may just write a small program for it instead as I'd like it to work on windows systems without powershell as well. – nate302 Apr 2 '13 at 1:07

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