Start / Run information

  SB23 18:12 19 Jan 2006

As a person who has just really started to explore the internal workings of my pc,I was curious to know more about the commands that more experienced forum users use,via the start,then run box.
I am aware of "msconfig" and "cmd",but can someone point me in the right direction for more of these,and their uses.

Thank you


  GANDALF <|:-)> 18:21 19 Jan 2006

Google is your here

  SB23 18:26 19 Jan 2006

Thanks, looks like that'll keep me busy for a bit.Got to be honest though, I hadn't thought about using Google.


  VoG II 18:43 19 Jan 2006

To what is available after you have typed Cmd put the folowing into Run

%windir%\hh.exe ms-its:C:\WINDOWS\Help\ntcmds.chm::/ntcmds.htm

  keith-236785 18:47 19 Jan 2006

sfc /scannow = system file checker for when things go wrong with windows

fdisk /mbr = for when your master boot record becomes corrupt (usually accessed via a windows startup floppy disk) and the command prompt.

msconfig = to access all your startup/running programs in the event of system problems/virus or trojan/spyware etc, you can see the programs loaded at startup and disable/enable them, sometimes it allows you to recover from a serious infection.

then there is all the usual DOS commands

DIR = to list the files in the current directory

cd = to change the current directory

fdisk = for the dos based disk formatting program

format = for formatting a partition USE THIS WITH CAUTION, YOU HAVE BEEN will not let you format the window partition, but if you do it through true dos then it will.....

i have not included the syntax for the dos commands as that is like giving someone a gun AND bullets before they learn how to hold it.

too much to list, but mostly its all system management/recovery/repair stuff and not much use in normal operation, in fact sometimes TOO much knowledge is a bad thing.

  keith-236785 18:53 19 Jan 2006

ipconfig = to check your internet ip address and settings etc

copy = dont think i need to explain this one lol

erase = another obvious one, same as delete but for dos its erase

the link given by VoG™ covers all these and more.

hope this helps

  SB23 18:54 19 Jan 2006

That's also a good one.

  VoG II 18:54 19 Jan 2006

I confess - I nicked it from spikeychris :o)

  SB23 18:57 19 Jan 2006

Although I feel stupid asking for more info on this subject, I just felt that even though I can change this, repair that, I knew there was more to know.

  SB23 18:59 19 Jan 2006

I'll let you off, but am still gratefull for the extra info, lol

  Taw® 19:16 19 Jan 2006

Yes many thanks spikeychris through VoG™ one for my postings

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