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Is it possible to extend the windows cmd prompt, by prepending a string to the current prompt?

If I would use bash, I would write something like PS1="XXX $PS1"

Is there a similar possibility for the Windows command prompt?

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PROMPT "String %PROMPT%"

The current prompt is stored, as you may have guessed, in the %PROMPT% environment variable. Using that in the prompt command will keep the existing prompt.

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Yes.

set "PROMPT=XXX %PROMPT%"

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  • That does not preserve the current prompt, though. It appends the system default prompt to the string. What if the prompt has already been changed to something? – Soumya Dec 28 '12 at 12:08
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I've solved it!

The prompt is also available using the environment variable PROMPT.

Hence I can do a

set PROMPT=XXX %PROMPT%

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    Did not I suggest the same? – utapyngo Dec 28 '12 at 13:55

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