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Thread: Using Dos Prompt in XP

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2002

    Default Using Dos Prompt in XP

    I am trying to use the cmd prompt in XP PRO and can't seem to get any commands to access sub directories to work. When I open the dos window, it defaults to C:\Documments and Settings\XXXX>

    From there, the only command I can get to work is dir. The directory will display all subs but none of the subdirectories can be accessed. i.e:

    C:\Documents and settings\XXXXXX>Windows
    'windows' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file

    How can I use this program to access sub directories?

    Thank you in advance.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Minnesota, United States

    Default Re: Using Dos Prompt in XP

    You don't just type the name of the directory. You need to type:
    CD [directory]
    So if you have the following prompt:
    And you want to get into the Windows folder, you type:
    cd windows
    If you want to go back up a directory, you type:
    cd ..

    Hope that helps.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Texas, USA

    Default Re: Using Dos Prompt in XP

    Not meaning to be a prick, but this is one of the most basic sets of commands in DOS. It might be a good idea to dust off that old DOS book and refresh the memory on them. While WinXP doesn't offer a true DOS mode when using the command propmt, it does allow you enough power to trash your root files if you blunder somewhere with no clue what you're doing.

    But what the hell, it won't be me who has to reinstall.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2002

    Default Re: Using Dos Prompt in XP

    Thanks for the response and for the help.

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