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Using the Command Prompt (Windows)

Posted August 17th, 2011 by

The command prompt in Windows is actually a very important part of using Windows. Sure, it mightn’t look flashy, but it’s very powerful, and it’s easy to use once you get used to it.

The command prompt itself in Windows probably goes back to the early releases of the OS (I’m talking before Windows 95) where the OS was actually MS-DOS with an application called Windows that brought up the graphical interface. Once you were in Windows, you could do a lot, but there were still things that you couldn’t do unless you used the old DOS command line. But instead of exiting Windows, doing what you had to do, and going back into Windows, you could just open a command prompt and do what you need there. Now, in the days where almost every includes a fancy graphical user interface (GUI), people are ignoring the command prompt altogether, but there are still some things that it’s useful for.


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