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Running Commands

Besides running Windows XP programs, you can also enter commands and run programs written in MS-DOS. MS-DOS stands for Microsoft Disk Operating System. MS-DOS, or DOS, employs a command-line interface through which you must type commands at a command prompt to run different tasks. A character such as a > or $ appears at the beginning of a command prompt. Each DOS command has a strict set of rules called a command syntax that you must follow when expressing a command. Many commands allow you to include switches and parameters that give you additional control of the command.

Run a Command

Click the Start button, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Command Prompt.

At the prompt, type a command including any parameters, and then press Enter.

When you're done, click the Close button, or type exit, and then press Enter.


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