Access BIOS command prompt issue - Win7

September 16, 2010 at 14:32:31
Specs: Windows 7, amd athlon x2

I have win 7 home prem. 64bit. I can't seem to get into my BIOS at startup. how can i make this happen?
Also I get an elevated error when trying to type EDIT in my command prompt. I already tried the ran as admin. please help

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September 16, 2010 at 16:04:49

Custom computer or OEM pre-built?

Are you using a USB keyboard? What happens? Below is a complete list of available commands you can use from the command prompt in Windows 7.

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September 16, 2010 at 22:38:48

depending on the manufacturer especially on laptops, delete is not always the way to get into the bios, you may bet a message at boot offering you the option to press a key to get into bios, or check the manual, if its a laptop and second hand/stolen it may have a password setup then your kinda screwed...however where there is a will there is a way, bios jumper switches, battery removal, password cracking floppies etc etc..
what is your system and specs?

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....

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September 17, 2010 at 02:15:02

OK, I got into my BIOS by hitting f2 on the laptop,I'm not sure why it wasn't letting me do it earlier. Either way I still can't use my command prompt. I start by running as admin then type "EDIT" and get an elevated command error. I'm not sure if my privileges are setup correctly. I have ACER 5534 Laptop w/ AMD Athlon 64 X2 processor- It's all stock. I've set the account I use set to admin. I need to learn how to use the editing program for an online class. If i cant use edit...what else could i use that's like it?

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September 17, 2010 at 04:13:51

So, are you trying to boot to Windows 7 and then access a command prompt or something else?


We don't encourage methods that circumvent security features on laptops here at CN.

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September 17, 2010 at 04:54:30

The reason EDIT is gone is because it's a 16-bit program, and windows 64-bit can't run 16-bit programs.
you would have edit in note pad or a 3rd party app.
in the run line type "notepad filename" should do the job..

onthehill, i know we do not encourage circumventing security, however on 2nd hand machines its often a necessary to know there are ways that can help...i did not offer any help in these matters..i have been here long enough. i dont think my comment required a reprimand....

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....

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September 17, 2010 at 05:58:02

You mentioned stolen and then there are ways around it. I would agree that there may be circumstances that could justify help, but that hadn't been determined in this case.

Perhaps I should have used PM. Feel free to request the mod of this forum to remove my responses.

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September 17, 2010 at 14:05:37

This question was/is related to my school-work. I'm taking an online course and therefor have no real teacher. I'm learning about how the command prompt works. I'm just having trouble making the commands do what their supposed to do. a few other students are having the same problem as I, the only commonality is that we all win7. can any of you use your command prompt. thanx for the post about Edit and how it can't be used w/ win 64. Is there an alternate command i can use? Why isn't the edit feature available (in laymen-terms please)?

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September 17, 2010 at 22:46:45

you may have to learn ""POWERSHELL"" if you have to learn command lines for school, the problem you have is that win 7 command prompt is not as agile as xp/vista, due to updated internal apps, powershell is really its replacement.

The commands given below remain in wide use but Microsoft has shifted its emphasis to a new command shell called Powershell.
this link might help

maybe you should give it too your teacher so he/she can catch up on the real world ;-)
you could install a virtual copy of xp, or run a dual installation just so you can go back in time to deal with your out of date curriculem.

This new command shell ""powershell"" is included free with Windows 7.and you can get copies for XP and vista, so your teacher can drag himself forward into this century ;-)

ASSOC Displays or modifies file extension associations.
ATTRIB Displays or changes file attributes.
BREAK Sets or clears extended CTRL+C checking.
BCDBOOT* Used to copy critical files to the system partition and to create a new system BCD store.
BCDEDIT Sets properties in boot database to control boot loading.
CACLS Displays or modifies access control lists (ACLs) of files.
CALL Calls one batch program from another.
CD Displays the name of or changes the current directory.
CHCP Displays or sets the active code page number.
CHDIR Displays the name of or changes the current directory.
CHKDSK Checks a disk and displays a status report.
CHKNTFS Displays or modifies the checking of disk at boot time.
CHOICE Batch file command that allows users to select from a set of options.
CIPHER Displays or alters the encryption of directories [files] on NTFS partitions.
CLIP Redirects output of another command to the Windows clipboard.
CLS Clears the screen.
CMD Starts a new instance of the Windows command interpreter.
CMDKEY Creates, lists and deletes stored user names and passwords or credentials.
COLOR Sets the default console foreground and background colors.
COMP Compares the contents of two files or sets of files byte-by-byte
COMPACT Displays or alters the compression of files on NTFS partitions.
CONVERT Converts FAT volumes to NTFS. You cannot convert the current drive.
COPY Copies one or more files to another location.
DATE Displays or sets the date.
DEFRAG Disk defragmenter accessory.
DEL Deletes one or more files.
DIR Displays a list of files and subdirectories in a directory.
DISKCOMP Compares the contents of two floppy disks.
DISKCOPY Copies the contents of one floppy disk to another.
DISKPART Displays or configures Disk Partition properties. A separte command interpreter with a sub-set of commands.
DOSKEY Edits command lines, recalls Windows commands, and creates macros.
DRIVERQUERY Displays current device driver status and properties.
ECHO Displays messages, or turns command echoing on or off.
ENDLOCAL Ends localization of environment changes in a batch file.
ERASE Deletes one or more files.
EXIT Quits and closes the command shell.
EXPAND Expands one or more compressed files.
FC Compares two files or sets of files, and displays the differences between them.
FIND Searches for a text string in a file or files.
FINDSTR Searches for strings in files.
FOR Runs a specified command for each item in a set.
FORFILES Selects files in a folder for batch processing.
FORMAT Formats a disk for use with Windows.
FSUTIL Displays or configures the file system properties.
FTYPE Displays or modifies file types used in file extension associations.
GOTO Directs the Windows command interpreter to a labeled line in a batch program.
GPRESULT Displays Group Policy information for machine or user.
GRAFTABL Enables Windows to display an extended character set in graphics mode.
HELP Provides Help information for Windows commands.
ICACLS Display, modify, backup, or restore ACLs for files and directories (more here).
IF Performs conditional processing in batch programs.
IPCONFIG Displays all current TCP/IP network configuration values
LABEL Creates, changes, or deletes the volume label of a disk.
MD Creates a directory.
MKDIR Creates a directory.
MKLINK Creates Symbolic Links and Hard Links
MODE Configures a system device.
MORE Displays output one screen at a time.
MOVE Moves one or more files from one directory to another directory.
OPENFILES Queries, displays, or disconnects open files or files opened by network users.
PATH Displays or sets a search path for executable files.
PAUSE Suspends processing of a batch file and displays a message.
POPD Restores the previous value of the current directory saved by PUSHD.
PRINT Prints a text file.
PROMPT Changes the Windows command prompt.
PUSHD Saves the current directory then changes it.
RD Removes a directory.
RECOVER Recovers readable information from a bad or defective disk.
REM Designates comments (remarks) in batch files
REN Renames a file or files.
RENAME Renames a file or files.
REPLACE Replaces files.
RMDIR Removes a directory.
ROBOCOPY Advanced utility to copy files and directory trees
SET Displays, sets, or removes environment variables for current session.
SETLOCAL Begins localization of environment changes in a batch file.
SETX Sets environment variables.
SC Displays or configures services (background processes).
SCHTASKS Schedules commands and programs to run on a computer.
SHIFT Shifts the position of replaceable parameters in batch files.
SHUTDOWN Allows proper local or remote shutdown of machine.
SORT Sorts input.
START Starts a separate window to run a specified program or command.
SUBST Associates a path with a drive letter.
SYSTEMINFO Displays machine specific properties and configuration.
TAKEOWN Allows an administrator to take ownership of a file (more here).
TASKLIST Displays all currently running tasks including services.
TASKKILL Kill or stop a running process or application.
TIME Displays or sets the system time.
TIMEOUT Pauses the command processor for the specified number of seconds.More here.
TITLE Sets the window title for a CMD.EXE session.
TREE Graphically displays the directory structure of a drive or path.
TYPE Displays the contents of a text file.
VER Displays the Windows version.
VERIFY Tells Windows whether to verify that your files are written correctly to a disk.
VOL Displays a disk volume label and serial number.
VSSADMIN Volume Shadow Copy Service administration tool
WHERE Displays the location of files that match a search pattern.
XCOPY Copies files and directory trees.
WMIC Displays WMI information inside interactive command shell.

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but cant help myself....

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