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Command Line Reference

The Command Prompt in Windows is a powerful troubleshooting and administration tool but there are hundreds of commands with many different options.

In the folders below, you'll find detailed information on individual Command Prompt commands (CMD commands) and DOS commands. I also have lots of other command related topics listed below as well.

March/April 2014 Update: I'm currently populating this feature so if you find any obvious Windows commands missing, that's probably why.

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New (and Removed) Commands in Windows 8
A discussion of new, removed, and changed Command Prompt commands in Windows 8.

Windows 8 Command Prompt Commands (Part 2 of 3)
A list of Windows 8 Command Prompt Commands. Part 2 of 3.

List of Windows 8 Command Prompt Commands (1 of 3)
The Command Prompt in Windows 8 contains around 230 command line commands. See a complete list, including descriptions, of each one. Part 1 of 3.

List of Command Prompt Commands (1 of 3)
Part 1 of a complete list of Command Prompt commands, sometimes called CMD commands.

List of Command Prompt Commands (2 of 3)
Part 2 of a complete list of Command Prompt commands, sometimes called CMD commands.

List of Command Prompt Commands (3 of 3)
Part 3 of a complete list of Command Prompt commands, sometimes called CMD commands.

List of Windows 7 Command Prompt Commands (1 of 3)
The Command Prompt in Windows 7 provides access to over 230 command line commands! See a list and description of each command. Part 1 of 3.

List of Windows 7 Command Prompt Commands (2 of 3)
The Command Prompt in Windows 7 provides access to over 200 command line commands! See a list and description of each command. Part 2 of 3.

List of Windows 7 Command Prompt Commands (3 of 3)
The Command Prompt in Windows 7 provides access to over 200 command line commands! See a list and description of each command. Part 3 of 3.

List of Windows Vista Command Prompt Commands (1 of 3)
The Command Prompt in Windows Vista provides access to well over 200 command line commands! See a list and description of each command. Part 1 of 3.

List of Windows Vista Command Prompt Commands (2 of 3)
The Command Prompt in Windows Vista provides access to a little more than 200 command line commands! See a list and description of each command. Part 2 of 3.

List of Windows Vista Command Prompt Commands (3 of 3)
The Command Prompt in Windows Vista provides access to a little more than 200 command line commands! See a list and description of each command. Part 3 of 3.

List of Windows XP Command Prompt Commands (1 of 2)
The Command Prompt in Windows XP provides access to almost 180 command line commands! See a list and description of each command. Part 1 of 2.

List of Windows XP Command Prompt Commands (2 of 2)
The Command Prompt in Windows XP provides access to well over 150 command line commands! See a list and description of each command. Part 2 of 2.

List of DOS Commands
A list of commands available in MS-DOS 6.22.

Command Availability Across Microsoft Operating Systems
A complete list of commands and their availability in Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 98, and MS-DOS - in table format.

List of Run Commands in Windows 7
A complete list of run commands in Windows 7.

Command Prompt Tricks and Hacks
List of Command Prompt tricks and other Command Prompt hacks.

How To Read Command Syntax
How to read the syntax of commands as written on the About.com PC Support site.

How To Redirect Command Output to a File
How to change the output of a command so it's saved to a file instead of shown on the screen.

What are Command Prompt Codes?
The term "Command Prompt codes" is incorrect and is probably referring to run commands or CMD commands.

How Do I Open an Elevated Command Prompt?
Links to tutorials on opening a Command Prompt as an administrator.

Windows 8 Command Prompt Commands (Part 3 of 3)
A list of Windows 8 Command Prompt Commands. Part 3 of 3.

List of Run Commands in Windows 8
A complete list of run commands in Windows 8.

How Do I Open Command Prompt?
Operating system specific instructions on opening the Command Prompt program.

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