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Windows XP Command Prompt Commands

A Complete List of Command Line Commands Available in Windows XP


The Command Prompt in Windows XP provides access to almost 180 commands.

The commands available in Windows XP are typically used to automate tasks, create batch/script files, and perform various kinds of troubleshooting and diagnostics.

Note: Windows XP Command Prompt commands might look and act like MS-DOS commands but they are not MS-DOS commands and the XP Command Prompt is not MS-DOS. I do have a real list of DOS Commands if you're actually using MS-DOS.

Not Using Windows XP? I also have detailed lists of Windows 8 commands, Windows 7 commands, and Windows Vista commands or you can see details on every command ever available in my list of CMD commands or a one-page, detail free table of the same here.

Below is a complete list of commands available via the Command Prompt in Windows XP:

append - net | netsh - xcopy


The append command can be used by programs to open files in another directory as if they were located in the current directory.

The append command is not available in 64-bit versions of Windows XP.


The arp command is used to display or change entries in the ARP cache.


The assoc command is used to display or change the file type associated with a particular file extension.


The at command is used to schedule commands and other programs to run at a specific date and time.


The atmadm command is used to display information related to asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) connections on the system.


The attrib command is used to change the attributes of a single file or a directory.


The bootcfg command is used to build, modify, or view the contents of the boot.ini file, a hidden file that is used to identify in what folder, on which partition, and on which hard drive Windows is located.


The break command sets or clears extended CTRL+C checking on DOS systems.


The cacls command is used to display or change access control lists of files.


The call command is used to to run a script or batch program from within another script or batch program.

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