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Chapter 14. Command-Line Programs > Windows Command-Line Programs

Windows Command-Line Programs

Nearly 400 executable programs are installed along with Windows XP. Some of these are familiar, standard Windows programs such as Notebook, Windows Media Player, Solitaire, and Internet Explorer. Many are system service programs that we never interact with directly. However, it may surprise you as much as it did me to find that over 140 of them, or about 35%, are command-line programs. The operating system is called Windows, after all, not Prompts, so what's with all these command-line programs?

It turns out that the command-line programs fall into three general categories:


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