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Does Win 7 support .bat files like WinXP? For example, will Win 7 run the following file:

Start "" "C:\Documents and Settings\HDSF Staff\My Documents\My Dropbox\Texter\texter.exe"
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In XP, .bat files run on, which is a lot slower than cmd.exe, which runs .cmd files. Support for 16-bit apps is gone in 7, but the distinction and speed difference may remain. If you don't need legacy features, .cmd is recommended, in general. – Anonymous Jan 23 '10 at 6:05

Yes. Try it out yourself! All versions of Windows do (actually batch file support comes from DOS times).

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+1 :: "Start" is also way cooler (functionally) in Windows 7 than it was in DOS days. :) – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Jan 23 '10 at 3:11
What is +1 :: "Start"?? – jruday Jan 23 '10 at 4:02
@techie007: I'll say! DOS didn't have start.exe! – Anonymous Jan 23 '10 at 6:08
@Anonymous: Windows doesn't have either. "start" is an internal command: it is hardcoded in (DOS/Windows 9x) or cmd.exe (Windows NT series: NT,2k,XP,Vista,7) – whitequark Jan 23 '10 at 11:22
@whitequark: I'm looking at a start.exe in win95/ on the Windows 95B install disk and in win98/ on the Windows 98 upgrade install disk. It didn't exist in DOS 6.22. It was rolled into cmd.exe for Windows NT. It did exist in Windows 9x. – Anonymous Jan 23 '10 at 13:18

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