An A-Z Index of the Windows XP command line

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ADDUSERS Add or list users to/from a CSV file

ARP Address Resolution Protocol

~ ASSOC Change file extension associations

ASSOCIAT One step file association

AT Schedule a command to run at a later time

ATTRIB Change file attributes


BOOTCFG Edit Windows boot settings

BROWSTAT Get domain, browser and PDC info


CACLS Change file permissions

~ CALL Call one batch program from another

~ CD Change Directory – move to a specific Folder

CHANGE Change Terminal Server Session properties

CHKDSK Check Disk – check and repair disk problems

CHKNTFS Check the NTFS file system

CHOICE Accept keyboard input to a batch file

CIPHER Encrypt or Decrypt files/folders

CleanMgr Automated cleanup of Temp files, recycle bin

CLEARMEM Clear memory leaks

CLIP Copy STDIN to the Windows clipboard.

~ CLS      Clear the screen

CLUSTER  Windows Clustering

CMD Start a new CMD shell

~ COLOR Change colors of the CMD window

COMP Compare the contents of two files or sets of files

COMPACT  Compress files or folders on an NTFS partition

COMPRESS Compress individual files on an NTFS partition

CON2PRT Connect or disconnect a Printer

CONVERT  Convert a FAT drive to NTFS.

~ COPY Copy one or more files to another location

CSCcmd Client-side caching (Offline Files)

CSVDE Import or Export Active Directory data


~ DATE Display or set the date

Dcomcnfg DCOM Configuration Utility

DEFRAG Defragment hard drive

~ DEL Delete one or more files

DELPROF Delete NT user profiles

DELTREE Delete a folder and all subfolders

DevCon Device Manager Command Line Utility

~ DIR Display a list of files and folders

DIRUSE Display disk usage

DISKCOMP Compare the contents of two floppy disks

DISKCOPY Copy the contents of one floppy disk to another

DISKPART Disk Administration

DNSSTAT  DNS Statistics

DOSKEY Edit command line, recall commands, and create macros

DSADD Add user (computer, group..) to active directory
DSQUERY  List items in active directory

DSMOD Modify user (computer, group..) in active directory


~ ECHO Display message on screen

~ ENDLOCAL End localisation of environment changes in a batch file

~ ERASE Delete one or more files

~ EXIT Quit the current script/routine and set an errorlevel.

EXPAND Uncompress files

EXTRACT Uncompress CAB files


FC Compare two files

FIND Search for a text string in a file

FINDSTR Search for strings in files

~ FOR /F Loop command: against a set of files

~ FOR /F Loop command: against the results of another command

~ FOR Loop command: all options Files, Directory, List

FORFILES Batch process multiple files

FORMAT Format a disk

FREEDISK Check free disk space (in bytes)

FSUTIL File and Volume utilities

FTP File Transfer Protocol

~ FTYPE Display or modify file types used in file extension associations


GLOBAL Display membership of global groups

~ GOTO Direct a batch program to jump to a labelled line


HELP Online Help


~ IF Conditionally perform a command

IFMEMBER Is the current user in an NT Workgroup



KILL Remove a program from memory


LABEL Edit a disk label

LOCAL Display membership of local groups

LOGEVENT Write text to the NT event viewer.

LOGOFF Log a user off

LOGTIME Log the date and time in a file


MAPISEND Send email from the command line

MBSAcli Baseline Security Analyzer.

MEM Display memory usage

~ MD Create new folders

MKLINK Create a symbolic link (linkd)

MODE Configure a system device

MORE Display output, one screen at a time

MOUNTVOL Manage a volume mount point

~ MOVE Move files from one folder to another

MOVEUSER Move a user from one domain to another

MSG Send a message

MSIEXEC Microsoft Windows Installer

MSINFO Windows NT diagnostics

MSTSC Terminal Server Connection (Remote Desktop Protocol)

MUNGE Find and Replace text within file(s)

MV Copy in-use files


NET Manage network resources

NETDOM Domain Manager

NETSH Configure network protocols

NETSVC Command-line Service Controller

NBTSTAT Display networking statistics (NetBIOS over TCP/IP)

NETSTAT Display networking statistics (TCP/IP)

NOW Display the current Date and Time

NSLOOKUP Name server lookup

NTBACKUP Backup folders to tape

NTRIGHTS Edit user account rights


~ PATH Display or set a search path for executable files

PATHPING Trace route plus network latency and packet loss

~ PAUSE Suspend processing of a batch file and display a message

PERMS Show permissions for a user

PERFMON Performance Monitor

PING Test a network connection

~ POPD Restore the previous value of the current directory saved by PUSHD

PORTQRY Display the status of ports and services

PRINT Print a text file

PRNCNFG Display, configure or rename a printer

PRNMNGR Add, delete, list printers set the default printer

~ PROMPT Change the command prompt

PsExec Execute process remotely

PsFile Show files opened remotely

PsGetSid Display the SID of a computer or a user

PsInfo List information about a system

PsKill Kill processes by name or process ID

PsList List detailed information about processes

PsLoggedOn Who’s logged on (locally or via resource sharing)

PsLogList Event log records

PsPasswd Change account password

PsService View and control services

PsShutdown Shutdown or reboot a computer

PsSuspend Suspend processes

~ PUSHD Save and then change the current directory


QGREP Search file(s) for lines that match a given pattern.


RASDIAL Manage RAS connections

RASPHONE Manage RAS connections

RECOVER Recover a damaged file from a defective disk.

REG Registry: Read, Set, Export, Delete keys and values

REGEDIT Import or export registry settings

REGSVR32 Register or unregister a DLL

REGINI Change Registry Permissions

~ REM Record comments (remarks) in a batch file

~ REN Rename a file or files.

REPLACE Replace or update one file with another

~ RD Delete folder(s)

RMTSHARE Share a folder or a printer

ROBOCOPY Robust File and Folder Copy

ROUTE Manipulate network routing tables

RUNAS Execute a program under a different user account

RUNDLL32 Run a DLL command (add/remove print connections)


SC Service Control

SCHTASKS Create or Edit Scheduled Tasks

SCLIST Display NT Services

~ SET Display, set, or remove environment variables

~ SETLOCAL Control the visibility of environment variables

SETX Set environment variables permanently

SHARE List or edit a file share or print share

~ SHIFT Shift the position of replaceable parameters in a batch file

SHORTCUT Create a windows shortcut (.LNK file)

SHOWGRPS List the NT Workgroups a user has joined

SHOWMBRS List the Users who are members of a Workgroup

SHUTDOWN Shutdown the computer

SLEEP Wait for x seconds

SOON Schedule a command to run in the near future

SORT Sort input

~ START Start a program or command in a separate window.

SU Switch User

SUBINACL Edit file and folder Permissions, Ownership and Domain

SUBST Associate a path with a drive letter

SYSTEMINFO List system configuration


TASKLIST List running applications and services

TASKKILL Remove a running process from memory

~ TIME Display or set the system time

TIMEOUT Delay processing of a batch file

~ TITLE Set the window title for a CMD.EXE session

TLIST Task list with full path

TOUCH Change file timestamps

TRACERT Trace route to a remote host

TREE     Graphical display of folder structure

~ TYPE Display the contents of a text file


USRSTAT  List domain usernames and last login


~ VER Display version information

~ VERIFY Verify that files have been saved

~ VOL Display a disk label


WHERE Locate and display files in a directory tree

WHOAMI Output the current UserName and domain

WINDIFF Compare the contents of two files or sets of files

WINMSD Windows system diagnostics

WINMSDP Windows system diagnostics II

WMIC WMI Commands


XCACLS Change file permissions

XCOPY Copy files and folders

~ :: Comment / Remark

Commands marked ~ are Internal commands only available within the CMD shell.

All other commands (NOT marked with ~) are external commands which may be used under the CMD shell, PowerShell, or directly from START-RUN.