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Table Of Contents  CertiGuide to A+ (Operating Systems)
 9  Chapter 0100:  New Technology
      9  II  NT Fundamentals

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Command Line Differences

While NT is certainly GUI based, not al l functions are run through the GUI. Some utilities must be run through the CDI (Command Driven Interface) or text interface.

Windows 9x users would be used to the CDI being Command.com. That is not the preferred method for NT. While Command.com is available in NT, it is 16-bit based and much more limited than NT’s (and W2K’s) CDI, which is CMD.EXE. To start CMD.exe go to Start, then Run, then type in “cmd” or “cmd.exe” in the box, as shown in Figure 155.


Figure 155: Running the CMD command

 


You can also go to Start, Programs, Accessories, and choose the Command Prompt. If you highlight the command prompt choice for a moment, the message “Performs text-based (command-line) functions” appears in Windows 2000.

CMD.exe VS Command.com

For NT/W2K, CMD.exe is the interface for text-based communications. Once started, it uses the same commands as DOS and the Win9x Command shell (for the most part).



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