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Chapter 13. Command Prompt Tools

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From the earliest IBM PC and the many compatibles that followed, there has been a command-line interface for the operating system. In years past, MS-DOS was the operating system, and what is now called the Command Prompt in Windows XP Professional was the interface into the operating system. Long before graphical user interfaces (GUIs) were in widespread use (such as in the Apple Macintosh, and later Microsoft Windows), the character-cell–based Command Prompt was where you executed commands, ran programs, and got to see the output.


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