MS-DOS was the most popular operating system for desktop PCs until the mid-1990s. Do not use this tag for questions about Windows command line programs or scripts.

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Copy multiple files by name from different folders to single folder?

I have 10000's of file in a "ingenious" folder structure offered by my work. I need to merge these files by date order, to do this I need these files in the same map so I can sort it and run a simple ...
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Virtual PC running MS-DOS 6.22 cannot boot SEAL GUI

I just don't understand this. I just don't know why SEAL doesn't work... :( Here is the error:
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Backing up and Restoring DOS era backups

I have backup files that were made in DOS. They contain many hundreds of hours of work, and unfortunately they're locked away in a format that cannot be opened by anything in the format they are now. ...
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DOS command to remove file_001.* copies, but only if file.* exists

Didn't find the answer, hope it has not already been answered here. I have a tree of directories containing files and sometime a copy at the same location. This copy is identified by some string, ...
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Batch file XCOPY cannot find existing directory

I'm writing a small batch file to copy my C# project to another drive. I'm using XCOPY to copy an entire folder (We have some XP machines still, so robocopy isn't an option). However, when I run the ...
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How are .exe files managed in windows? [closed]

I have a project I am currently working on that involves trying to add MS-DOS functionality to Android 4.1.2 KitKat, also allowing .exe files to be executed. I only have one problem: I cannot seem to ...
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How do you copy files using a command line when you the file has four or less characters in the filename?

trying to copy files with four or less characters in the file name with a certain extension to a new folder. I tried to do this for several hours now! getting frustrated. I used the copy command and ...
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How to show refresh rate of monitor in MS-DOS Version 6.22

I was forwarded from Stackoverflow to ask this question here. I am running a psych experiment on an old MS-DOS computer. When I ran the experiment on a different computer that is split via a switch ...
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Larger MS-DOS Img file?

I am making an operating system based on ms-dos and using a program called win image to edit an ms-dos .img file, the program only lets me inject at total size of 2.88mb worth of files and i would ...
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Install a CD-ROM driver on MS-DOS

I have an old MS-DOS computer that I am experimenting with. The computer has an AMD 80386 processor, 1664 KB of RAM, a 50 MB hard drive, and two floppy disk drives: one 3 1/2 inch, the other 5 1/4 ...
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Install C++ compiler on old MS-DOS computer with floppies

I have an old MS-DOS computer that I am experimenting with. The computer has an AMD 80386 processor, 1664 KB of RAM, a 50 MB hard drive, and two floppy disk drives: one 3 1/2 inch, the other 5 1/4 ...
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Installing Ye Olde DOOM on DOS with Ye Olde Floppy Discs

I'm trying to install DOOM (the shareware version) on my old Compaq running Windows 3.11. I've got the files deice.exe dooms_19.1 dooms_19.2 dooms_19.dat install.bat all downloaded and I have a ...
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copy /a, copy /b - use of this options

On Microsof Windows Server 2008 (R1), 32-Bit, I have some trouble understanding the use of as well as the difference between copy /a and copy /b The Technet Article on copy doesn't help me much: ...
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How to add file extension to the files which do not have an extension in a specific folder using Windows command prompt?

I have folder (say c:\folder) in which many files reside. All of them are HTML documents. But some of them have not .html extension. I want to add them .html file extension using command prompt at ...
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DOS Copy command to multiple folders

I want to copy a file from one folder to another folder which has many sub-folders. Using MS-DOS command, how can I copy this file to all sub-folders. Can any one please help me on this? Eg. I have a ...
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Check if an user has given as an input 1 or more then 1 in an batch file

I am having an question with an Batch file Is it possible to let an user choose how many files it will enter? For example set /p count=Enter the number of files you are willing to set: IF %count% ...
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How can I share MS-DOS application between two computers?

With remote desktop applications like Teamviewer, logmein, vnc, etc... I can share my desktop and specific applications / windows to the other PC that I have, but my problem is that I have an old ...
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Fix MS-DOS MBR Without DOS Boot Disk

How can I restore the MBR for MS-DOS without having an MS-DOS boot disk or floppy drive. Ideally, I would like to be able to do this from a Windows 7 Win PE disk. The only solutions I've found online ...
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The echo command on windows CMD ask me if I want more

I was trying to echo something in the Windows command prompt (cmd.exe), I entered the following input : echo ^.^ And noticed that every time I'm passing a string which finish with a "^", it will ...
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Copying files that match one pattern but not another

I have a number of files that follow a pattern like this: <BaseName> . <Version> [ - <Tag> - <#> ] . <Extension> For example: basename.1.0.0.ext ...
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How do I make a bootable DOS USB without format?

I had previously made my USB DOS bootable (I think I used the MS DOS version that came with Windows XP) Later on I converted in to a Puppy Linux Live USB The DOS files are still there on the drive, ...
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How to Installthe newly released MS DOS OS on a Virtual Machine

Since Microsoft have released the source of 2 old versions of MSDOS for free, I downloaded the ZIP, converted the contents of the v20object folder to an ISO, created a new virtual machine with ...
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How to list hardware in DOS?

I have a PC running MS-DOS (i.e. no Windows). How can I retrieve a list of all hardware present on the PC? Something like Everest for Windows, or something simpler, like lspci from Linux.
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Overwrite every file from a folder ( in Windows )

Is there any chance to overwrite all the files that are in a folder? Eg. In folder d:/data I have different files with different extensions ( .mp3, .txt etc ) What I am trying is to do is to ...
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How to install a bit modern HDD in 286?

I have a 286 type notebook from mid '80, and it's HDD went dead. I wanted to change that drive to a 6,4GB with a trick - creating and formatting 40MB partition, but when I tried to boot up system ...
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Conversion of delimited .Txt file into Excel file [duplicate]

I have a delimited .Txt file containing several fields (separated by spaces) and I want to know how can I copy the entire thing into the MS Excel using any script (JS/VB/DOS Command) which can be ...
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Use Batch findstr for files with whitespaces

I'm trying to search for a string in a given file. This file can have whitespaces in its name and I'm having trouble with the Batch file. I can easily do this by console getting the correct results: ...
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Virtualize an old MS-DOS machine to VMWare

There is a very old workstation at a power plant running an MS-DOS system based HMI, I need to recover this and I believe the best way is to create a virtual machine from the old physical machine. ...
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Why do I get an internal stack overflow error when minimizing and restoring an MS-DOS virtual machine window?

I am using Windows Virtual PC on a Windows 7 machine. I have created an MS-DOS 6.22 virtual machine with 16 MB RAM and a 2 GB hard disk. Whenever I minimize or otherwise deactivate the window, and ...
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On my old DOS computer I need to run a specific game first otherwise some games won't run

But why is that? It still seems to me almost like magic. The computer is Amstrad PC2086/30, and the game that I have to run first is either The Cycles: International Grand Prix Racing or Grand Prix ...
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Need PowerShell or BAT to delete PST if over certain size for GPO

I'm trying to delete "Internet Calendar Subscriptions.pst" from %LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\Outlook using a BAT file. I can do this fine. But how do I delete only if it is over a certain size? When end ...
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BSD fortune for Windows command prompt or DOS

This is probably a stupid question, but I was just wondering if the following is doable: If I should just forget about it and go the VM/ full GNU-Linux OS route, that's fine.After mucking about with ...
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What does ComSpec mean?

Merely curious about the etymology of the Windows environment variable %COMSPEC%. I understand it (usually) points to cmd.exe. The best I could find online is Command Specifier, which sounds ...
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How to create a windows cmd script to rename files

I have a bunch of files named YYYYDDMM_prep888 and I want to rename them to YYYYMMDD_prep888, just exchanging DD for MM. I'd appreciate some help. Thanks.
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How can I break a password in old dos program? [closed]

unfortunately I must use some old dos program that has a password inside. I am pretty sure that it is easy password so I can use brute force method. I need some tips how to use any external program to ...
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Insufficient rights to copy via Windows Explorer but can copy via DOS

My work laptop was just upgraded from XP to Windows 7. While I used t be the Admin of my old machine, I only have "Elevated Rights" on the Win 7 one. as a result, I canot use Windows Explorer to copy ...
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Batch file to read a text file with folder and file names and write to another file the ones that do not exist

I have a file of approx 30,000 folder/file names that I need to confirm if each one exists. If a file does not exist, I want to write the full path and file name to an "error.txt" file. Can anyone ...
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Shortcut to MS-DOS Program (.PIF)

How can I change icon for a Shortcut to MS-DOS Program (.PIF) file ? I've tryed to right click then properties then Program then Change Icon then I chosed my .ico file and nothing change. I reproduce ...
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Add MS-DOS boot option to Windows 2000

I've got an old laptop that is running Windows 2000 & Windows 98 in a multi-boot configuration. I need to add MS-DOS to that list of startup options. I've already added a primary partition, ...
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How to reinstall OEM Windows 98 SE on an old Toshiba desktop?

I'm trying to install Windows 98 SE on an old Toshiba desktop PC and it's not going well. Toshiba stopped producing desktops around the year 2000. This model is from around 1999/2000, and it's called ...
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Command Prompt - Directory Listing function

Is there a way to produce a directory listing which only returns the first level of folders and none of the sub-folders? This list will then be outputted to a text file.
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How to reduce the font size while print notepad file from DOS using BAT file

I am using DOS BAT file for print text file(bill).The problem is font size is too large so, its not fit in the paper size.The BAT Code is copy bill.txt \\127.0.0.1\bill exit please explain how to ...
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Shortcut to paste text in command prompt [duplicate]

How can I paste a text in command prompt through shortcuts? Normally if we press ctrl + v, it won't paste text on Windows command prompt. Is there any alternative shortcut or any way I can define a ...
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How can MS-DOS and other text mode programs display Japanese characters

I've seen many text mode BIOS setup screens in Japanese. Recently I've even seen windows XP setup in Japanese. MS-DOS had Japanese versions too. Real DOS mode, not windows command promt! ...
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External IP of Internal Server

I've seen this question, but it doesn't address my current issue (it's about getting the external IP address of the current machine): Windows command that returns external IP I'm on a network that ...
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LAN connection - DOS to Windows 7

Hello community, This is my problem: I'm trying to connect a DOS-machine to a Windows 7 computer, using a LAN-crossover-cable - and it won't work. I want to access a shared directory on the ...
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Move command from bat file opens another window

I have a .bat file that moves a file; however, it is also opening the file in a new window, which I don't want it to do. Is there a way to avoid opening a new window or at least an option to close the ...
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Batch Scripting - How to delete a subfolder (files/folders) over several directories

I need a batch file to traverse a directory structure that looks like this C:\CruiseControl\ProjectArtifacts\ProjectName1\Logs C:\CruiseControl\ProjectArtifacts\ProjectName1\Src ...
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Break commands into new line in Dos command

I am trying to copy a few commands into DOS from a notepad file, and when I copy them I want them to be on new lines for each command. Input: cd.. mkdir 568 cd 568 When I copy this into DOS I want ...
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Convert Amiga Oktalyzer format to MIDI

I have some very old audio files from an old DOS game, which are in oktalyzer (.okt) format. I don't know much about the octalyzer format so I'm not sure what these are based on, though, when played ...