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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Preference of COM2 vs COM1

I have a vague recollection from way back when that there was some kind of recommendation that one should connect ones modem to COM2 rather than any other COM port. I even more vaguelly recall that ...
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Mounting an old DOS harddrive on Linux

I'm trying to mount an old harddrive from a mid 90's 486 for file recovery. The harddrive (Matrox 7850 AV) is identified correctly by the motherboard (Asus P5QL PRO), but it can't be mounted in Slacko ...
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How to get count of files in directory using command,exe in c# app

I want to use the Process class to execute a command.exe method to return the number of files in a parent directory. It has to be using the command.exe (various reasons). This is my code: ...
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FreeDOS invalid syntax for /f

I got a script that uses for /f in Windows. However, FreeDOS doesn't seem to support the syntax /f and it is only supported in Windows emulated cmd. for /f "tokens=4" %%i in ('all.bat') do set ...
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Directory Listing includes Date Modified, File Size into text file/excel file

I wanna try listing an entire drive's (Z:) directories, subdirectories, and files in a single text file with all the dates and the file sizes. And then will open the .txt file on an Excel worksheet. ...
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Create an MS-DOS disk

I want to make a bootable MS-DOS CD/DVD or floppy (not download it from other sites, I am sorry but I do not trust them). I currently only own an old pc with windows 98. I also want this CD or floppy ...
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Files accessibles on MS-DOS, absent on Windows explorer, how to get them?

I have USB Drive that contains interesting files. When I acces it using Windows Explorer, I get only a bunch of *.tmp files. But when I acces it using MS-DOS, I can get to my precious directory ...
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run all batch scripts in all subdirectories

I want to run all x.bat automatically in all recursive sub directories: C:\test | +---folder1 | x.bat | +---folder2 | x.bat | +---folder3 . x.bat . .----foldern ...
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How to install Windows 7 on my laptop? It has MS DOS installed in it by default [duplicate]

i have bought a new HP notebook. it has MS-DOS installed in it by default. Now i want to install Windows 7 in it. Is it possible to install WIN7 on it? If yes then please let me know the procedure. ...
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Get the location of httpd.exe in CMD

When we start the Apache in windows machine httpd.exe start its process.Now we can determine if httpd.exe process is running or not using this command: query process httpd.exe This will return ...
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Copy files to different location created one hour Ago [duplicate]

I want to create one batch file to copy files from one location to another which are created one hour Ago. I tried to use xcopy /d but it does not accept time. Can you please suggest. thanks.
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DOS command-line query returns too many results

Can anyone tell me why dir *.asp returns all .asp files but also all .aspx files? It seems dir ignores extensions longer than three. This is really bugging.
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How can I paste the copied file in working directory using cmd?

I want to paste a copied file to current working directory using cmd. like cmd> paste filename not like cmd> copy source destination Can this be done?
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Can't open ms-dos on Windows 8? [closed]

So on Windows XP or 7, I can make a shortcut called "command.com" on the desktop, and when opened, it opens a box almost identical to command prompt that is titled "MS-DOS". This feature doesn't work ...
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What is this application build in

I got one exe ( TAS ) and many other files with .RUN, .K, .M Extensions what are those extensions. Is this application build using Foxpro ( which i dont think so ), VC++, C++ or Any dos based ...
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Cannot change directory with cd in DOS using Win7

I would like to change my Present Working Directory in DOS (I am running Win7 professionnal). When I perform a cd D:\, nothing happens: Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601] Copyright (c) 2009 ...
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Windows Script Host

My batch file runs on my PC, but when I run it on the server, it calls the Windows Script Host (WSH) which seems to hang the process. There are no settings for the WSH. when I kill the WSH my batch ...
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What is the MSDOS command line to check folder size?

I want to use the MSDOS command line to calculate the size of all the files in a folder and sub folder. I would normally do this by right clicking on the folder and clicking "Properties" but I want to ...
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Can a computer that uses EFI/UEFI rather than BIOS run a real mode OS?

Title says it all: could I get away with installing a real mode OS such as MS-DOS on a EFI-based computer? I understand that EFI-based computers still use "BIOS emulation" for compatibility reasons, ...
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What is the differences between MS DOS & Powershell in Windows? [closed]

What makes them differ from each other? I was just experimenting with MS DOS, and then found Powershell. Can't figure out why Microsoft gave them.
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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 ...