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    Senior Member DeadAddict's Avatar
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    Windows Xp Pro/home command prompt

    Using the windows Xp Pro/home command prompt

    Using the GUI(graphic user interface) in windows is ok if you like using the GUI But using the command line is a lot faster because it gives a direct communication link between you and the operating system and what you want it to do.

    **Note some functions from the command line will not ask for confirmation before making changes so take your time when typing in a command **

    To get to the command line in windows xp click on start then click on run and in the dialog box type in Cmd and press enter
    what you will see on your screen is the command prompt

    Looks boring ehhh well Listed below are some commands that you can use

    *** these commands work in Windows Xp home and Pro versions***

    This command is used if you want to configure a home network or trouble shoot a network connection and it also displays the ip address, subnet mask and the default gateway for each Network adapter installed on you computer

    Ipconfig /all
    This command displays all the information above plus DNS (Domain name service) IP routing, WINS (Windows internet naming service) DHCP (dynamic host configuration protocol) etc

    Ipconfig /renew
    This command renews the Dhcp configuration if you have more than one adapter you can specify one adapter by typing
    Ipconfig /renew”local area connection”

    Ipconfig /flushdns
    This command flushes and resets the content of the dns client

    If you deleted a file and emptied the recycle bin you might be able to get it back by typing recover [drive:][path]filename as a example recover D:\Dead letters\deadfile.txt (you have to type in the exact file name of the file that was deleted)
    You may get the following error message after trying the command
    Cannot lock the drive the volume is still in use don’t worry you can still try one other thing reboot your computer and enter in safe mode f6 or f8 will get you there and try the command again( you can use norton's Unerase wizard if you have norton system works installed on your computer)

    System file checker
    The SFC scans protected files the registry for problems or corruption and replaces them with the originals if it is needed to run these commands you must be logged in with administrative privileges(and rember when you are done log out of the admin account)

    sfc /scannow
    A dialog box will come up and it will start scanning the files you may be asked to insert your Winxp Cd if it needs to copy files to the harddrive

    sfc /scanonce
    This will scan the files every time you start up your computer (this will slow down your computer a bit)

    ***these commands only work in Win Xp Pro***

    This command displays a list of all drivers installed on your computer it also shows you Driver type such as File system , Kernel-mode driver and the link date

    driverquery /v
    Shows you details such as start mode type ,state, status, accept ,stop, pause Etc

    Driverquery /v /fo list
    This command lists each driver and details separated into easy to read lists

    Driverquery /s ipaddress
    With the /s parameter you can specify the ip address of a remote computer to see the driver details

    Driver query /u domain\user
    This command will allow you to use the domain and user name to see a remote computers driver details Domain\user Domain indicates the network domain and user name indicates the user name from the remote computer

    This command will display information such as O.S version ,configuration registered owner O.S installation date and time processor type and actual speed , bios version (Basic input and Output system, system memory details , network card and a complete list of all hot fixes

    Most people press ctrl alt del to bring the task list up but with this command you will be seeing the same exact things that would be in the task manager. By adding filtered parameters to the command you will see information about all current processes
    as a example

    Status filter shows you information on all processes that are running or not responding
    This parameter uses a filter and a operator Example Ge means greater than or equal to
    Eq (Equal to)
    Ne (not equal to)
    Gt (greater than)
    Lt (less than)
    Ge (Greater than or equal to)
    Le (less than equal to)

    All operators are used with the Pid, session, Cpu time and mem usage filters all others can only use eq and ne filters

    The filter values will vary with each filter used
    As a example Image name, session name , services window title and Memusage can use any valid string but Session needs a valid session number, Username needs a valid user name and CPU time needs a valid time using the HH:MM:SS format

    Tasklist /v /fi cputime gt 00:20:00
    This will show you programs that have been running for 30 minutes or longer

    Thanks for reading this

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    very nice tut, Dead i have some others commands in some word document, il seach for it so that you could ad it to your list

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    Senior Member DeadAddict's Avatar
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    Great the more the better Thanks

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    nice tut but can't you just type help in command prompt and it will display all commands and then you can type in like ipcinfig /? for extensions or ipconfig ? for displaying info about that command?

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    Senior Member DeadAddict's Avatar
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    Yep you can do that but I was bored and needed something to do. so I wrote this.

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    I can't remember in previous versions, but in XP typing in help will only show the user a small <and basically useless> amount of commands.

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    Senior Member DeadAddict's Avatar
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    This is a link to a list of all commands you can use in windows Xp pro/home

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    Outstanding link, DeadAddict, I've been searching for a list like that for a while now.


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