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Running MS-DOS® 20th Anniversary Edition
Author Van Wolverton
Pages 640
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Published 07/17/2002
ISBN 9780735618121
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Table of Contents

    MS-DOS Is a Program6
    Hardware Makes It Possible6
    Software Makes It Happen6
    MS-DOS Is a Disk Operating System7
    What Can You Do with MS-DOS?9
    Chapter Summary10
CHAPTER 2  Starting MS-DOS11
    Starting the System12
    The System Prompt16
    Entering MS-DOS Commands16
    Getting Started18
    Keeping Track of the Date and Time19
    Changing the Current Drive22
    Printing What's on the Screen22
    Clearing the Screen23
    Turning the System Off23
    Chapter Summary24
CHAPTER 3  Getting Your Bearings 25
    The Directory26
    Displaying a Directory28
    Some Important Keys30
    Restarting the System38
    A Short Diversion39
    Chapter Summary40
CHAPTER 4  A Look at Files and Floppy Disks 41
    Types of Files42
    How Files Are Named43
    Preparing for the Examples43
    Qualifying a Command44
    Displaying Specific Directory Entries44
    Preparing a Floppy Disk for Use46
    Creating a Text File48
    Some Advanced Features52
    Chapter Summary56
CHAPTER 5  Managing Your Files 63
    The MS-DOS File Commands65
    File Names and Extensions65
    Preparing for the Examples67
    Wildcard Characters69
    Help When You Need It71
    Displaying Directory Entries74
    Displaying a File77
    Making Copies of Files78
    Sending Files to Devices81
    Combining Files82
    Moving Files83
    Deleting Files83
    Changing File Names86
    Comparing Files88
    Printing Files91
CHAPTER 6  Managing Your Floppy Disks 97
    Handling Floppy Disks99
    Backing Up Your Floppy Disks100
    How Information Is Stored On a Floppy Disk101
    Preparing for the Examples104
    Preparing a Floppy Disk for Use104
    Copying a Complete Floppy Disk108
    Comparing Two Floppy Disks110
    Checking the Condition of a Disk111
    Assigning or Changing a Disk's Volume Label114
    Displaying a Disk's Volume Label115
CHAPTER 7  Managing Your Devices 117
    Device Names119
    Preparing for the Examples120
    Checking System Memory with the Mem Command121
    Clearing the Screen123
    Fine-Tuning the Keyboard123
    Controlling the Display124
    Controlling the Printer Width and Spacing125
    Controlling the Serial Communications Port128
    Connecting a Serial Printer130
    Finding Out About Your System131
    Copying from a Device to a File or Another Device133
    Printing Graphics Images134
    Changing the Keyboard Layout135
CHAPTER 8  A Tree of Files 141
    Defining a Subdirectory142
    Preparing for the Examples143
    Creating a Multilevel File Structure143
    Adding More Levels to Your File Structure150
    Managing Your Subdirectories160
    Chapter Summary172
CHAPTER 9  Managing Your Hard Disk 173
    Putting Application Programs on Your Hard Disk175
    Preparing for the Examples175
    Changing the Attributes of a File or a Directory178
    Copying Selected Files184
    Stretching Your Hard Disk190
    Storing Files Efficiently on Disk199
    MS-DOS and Your Hard Disk201
    Chapter Summary203
CHAPTER 10  Protecting Your Disks and Files 205
    Recovering Deleted Files207
    Reformatting and Unformatting Disks215
    Guarding Against Virus Programs218
    Developing a Backup Procedure224
    Backing Up and Restoring Files with MSbackup224
    Backing Up Files with the Backup Command232
    Restoring Files to the Hard Disk with the Restore Command237
CHAPTER 11  The MS-DOS Shell 241
    Starting the Shell242
    Help Is a Keystroke Away246
    The File List248
    The Program List262
CHAPTER 12  Creating and Editing Files of Text 277
    Using the Keyboard and the Mouse279
    Starting Edit281
    Entering Lines285
    Adding Text to a File285
    Where's the Margin?286
    Printing a File287
    Saving a File288
    Deleting Text289
    Ending an Editing Session290
    Editing an Existing Text File290
    Searching for a Group of Characters291
    Replacing One Group of Characters with Another292
    Inserting and Overstriking Text293
    Copying from Another File293
    Changing the Screen Display294
    Chapter Summary295
CHAPTER 13  Taking Control of Your System 297
    Redirecting Command Output299
    Redirecting Command Input300
    Filter Commands300
    Preparing for the Examples300
    The Sort Filter Command302
    The Find Filter Command304
    More on Redirecting307
    Connecting Commands with a Pipe308
    Editing an MS-DOS Command with Doskey310
    Entering Multiple Commands with Doskey313
    Chapter Summary314
CHAPTER 14  Creating Your Own Commands 315
    A Batch of What?316
    How MS-DOS Searches for a Command316
    Creating the Sample Files317
    Creating a Batch File318
    Developing Your Own Startup Procedure323
    Some Useful Commands327
    Creating Commands with Doskey329
CHAPTER 15  Creating Smart Commands 335
    Preparing for the Examples336
    Creating an Archive Command337
    Modifying the Sample Batch File338
    Controlling the System Messages338
    Making the System Pause339
    Controlling Which Commands Are Carried Out340
    Changing the Sequence of Commands342
    Dressing Up Your Archive Command346
    Chapter Summary350
CHAPTER 16  Creating More Smart Commands 351
    Preparing for the Examples352
    Commands for Searching Through a File352
    Some Useful Batch Files357
    Four Advanced Batch Commands361
    Some More Useful Batch Files370
    Chapter Sumary374
CHAPTER 17  Tailoring Your System 375
    Defining Your System Configuration376
    Other Configuration Commands391
    Commands for Occasional Use394
APPENDIX A  Installing MS-DOS 403
APPENDIX B  Glossary 413
APPENDIX C  MS-DOS Command Reference 427

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