Solved what is a command prompt?

December 15, 2014 at 05:04:12
Specs: Windows XP
what is a command prompt? is it "run"?
what is it basically?
i try to drag the batchfile that is linked' and it doesn't working.
how do i create a chat batch file?

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December 15, 2014 at 06:06:29
Command Prompt is similar to DOS. To get to it in XP, click Start > All Programs > Accessories, & then click Command Prompt. Type in your command after the prompt & press ENTER.

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December 15, 2014 at 09:23:41
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You should also be able to get to it by typing cmd.exe in the Run box. It pops up a small black Window with white writing. Command Prompt is not true DOS but an emulator.

However when writing batch files they are normally produced in a text editor such as NotePad. When you have the script right you change the .txt extension to .bat (or you can save it as .bat in the first place).
When you double click the .bat file the script will run.

If you need help with the script the best place to post about it is the Programming forum, ideally having had some sort of go at it first yourself.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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December 15, 2014 at 21:47:46
Running a batch file should open in a command prompt window, although it may close as soon as it's run. If you open a command prompt window first or if its command prompt link is configured to open the window then the window should stay open after it's run.

The command to start a batch file is the file name so for example go.bat will start when you type go or go.bat from a command line or START--RUN. But you may need to use the browse option to locate it or from a command line you need to navigate to the folder it's in or include that path in your command line.

Or of course it'll start if it's setup as a link on your desktop.

Generally though if you have to ask what command prompt is then it's not for you.

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