Below is the list of commands that can be run from windows command prompt (CMD). You can follow the link given for a command to see the syntax and examples. At: Schedule tasks Attrib: Set file attributes Bootcfg: Enable kernel debugging copy: Copy files Compact: Compress or decompress files and directories Convert: Convert FAT filesystem […]


How to open chrome from command line

by admin on November 19, 2015

Chrome can be launched from Run window by running ‘chrome’ command. If you need to launch it from command prompt, we can run ‘start chrome’ Note that ‘chrome’ command works only from Run and it can’t be used from CLI. C:\>chrome ‘chrome’ is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch […]


Create unique named file from batch script

by admin on November 16, 2015

This post explains how to create files with unique names from batch files.  We would need this when we are running some script which writes data into files and each time you need to name the file uniquely so that there’s no conflict with the previously created files. One commonly used technique for unique names […]


How to find large files

by admin on October 13, 2015

In Windows, if one wants to find which files are consuming most of the space on the disk, it can be found easily using explorer. Just sort list of the files based on the size attribute. But what if we need to find the large sized files from command line? How can we do this? […]


Delete files from command line

by admin on August 5, 2015

This post explains how to delete files from command prompt on Windows computers. Before we start to look at the syntax of ‘del’, note that this command can delete only files, it can’t delete folders. Delete a file Run del command with the name of the file to be deleted, you are done! del filename […]


How to get date / time in batch file

by admin on May 18, 2015

This post explains how to get current date and time from command prompt or in a batch file. How to get date and time in a batch file Below is a sample batch script which gets current date and time Datetime.cmd @echo off for /F “tokens=2” %%i in (‘date /t’) do set mydate=%%i set mytime=%time% […]


The syntax of the command is incorrect

by admin on April 29, 2015

This is a common error we would encounter while working with windows command prompt. It means that there’s something wrong in the arguments passed on to the command. Reasons could be any of the below. Not passing the right parameters to the command. For example, Rmdir command expects the directory name to be provided. Not […]


‘Windows Search’ helps to find files, programs and emails easily on the computer. To use this, we just need to click on start button and start typing the search words in the search box. This feature is enabled by Windows Search service, which indexes the files on the computer for a faster search experience. If […]


Internet explorer version updates

by admin on October 18, 2014

We can find the version of the internet explorer using the following steps. Open internet explorer if not opened already Click Help menu(If menu bar is not displayed, you can press Alt-H). Click on ‘About Internet explorer’. This will open a small window displaying the version of internet explorer running on your windows computer./li> How […]


Run command for ‘Control panel’

by admin on March 1, 2014

We can open control panel by clicking Start button and then selecting control panel. But if you are of the type who do not want to use mouse and does most of the things with just keyboard, then you will find this command useful. Run command to open control panel is ‘control’.  So the quick […]



February 22, 2014

Forfiles is a useful windows command to select a set of files and then run a command on each of the files. It’s similar to the functionality of find command on Linux OS. The syntax of the forfiles is as follows. forfiles <Criteria to select files> /C “command to be applied on each of the […]

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