DOS For Dummies

By Dan Gookin

Home windows may well rule the area of well known computing on computers around the world, yet DOS nonetheless has a spot within the hearts and minds of desktop clients who vaguely have in mind what a C advised seems like. whether DOS (with all its arcane instructions and its drab, dull glance) is not your proposal of tips on how to get issues performed on a laptop, you will discover lots of quickly and pleasant assistance on hand with the 3rd version of DOS For Dummies.

Here's a plain-speaking reference consultant to all of the command-line stuff and nonsense that makes DOS paintings, even if you are a local DOS consumer or are an occasional dabbler who wishes the working approach to run all these cool video games below Windows.

DOS For Dummies, third Edition, avoids the entire technical jargon to chop to the center of items with transparent, easy-to-understand reasons and step by step aid for

  • Changing disks and drives
  • Dealing with the DOS prompt
  • Managing files
  • Running DOS inside of Windows
  • Installing and operating DOS-based software program programs
  • Working with the printer and serial ports
  • Using the mouse and keyboard
  • Troubleshooting problems
  • Understanding DOS blunders messages

All the fundamental DOS instructions, from APPEND to XCOPY, are demystified to make lifestyles in DOS even more bearable. this convenient consultant has lots of valuable suggestions and tips for bending DOS for your will, with no need to commit your existence (and all of your unfastened time) to gaining knowledge of this little nook of the PC.

Author Dan Gookin's first variation of DOS For Dummies turned a global best-seller. He considers himself a working laptop or computer "guru" whose task it really is to remind each person that desktops aren't to be taken too heavily. His method of desktops is gentle and funny, but very informative. Gookin mixes his wisdom of pcs with a distinct, dry humorousness that retains you expert – and awake.

Show description

Quick preview of DOS For Dummies PDF

Show sample text content

This step is the place you’re pleased that you simply numbered the disks prior to you begun the backup. ) No, this isn’t a delightful, satisfied activity. yet examine that with out MSBackup, you’d by no means get a subdirectory again in any form. whereas you’re stewing over the swapping of disks, remind your self to be extra cautious subsequent time while you’re deleting subdirectories. If you’re utilizing home windows three. eleven, be sure to use the home windows restoration command, that is really part of the home windows Backup application. (You can be utilizing home windows instead of DOS to again up besides.

DOS shops details on disk in a dossier. The contents of a dossier may be something: a software for DOS, a word-processing record, a database, a spreadsheet, a portraits picture of Claudia — you identify it. fastened disk An previous, IBM be aware for a difficult disk. The note fastened refers back to the indisputable fact that a difficult disk can't be got rid of, not like the floppy disk. See harddrive. floppy disk A detachable disk in a computer, frequently becoming right into a three 1/2-inch or five 1/4-inch disk force. See additionally disk or diskette. font A typesetting time period utilized in machine laptop publishing or note processing.

No sweat. If the dossier isn’t within the present listing, you need to specify a force letter or pathname. notwithstanding, the recent filename doesn’t want all that additional information: C> REN B:\STUFF\YONDER THITHER during this instance, the dossier named YONDER is at the disk in force B, within the STUFF subdirectory. It’s given the recent identify THITHER through the REN command. Renaming a bunch of documents is feasible — yet difficult. No, the REN command can't rename all documents (*. *) separately. it might, despite the fact that, rename a gaggle of documents all at one time.

One can find a listing of documents on any force or in any subdirectory by way of following the DIR command with the force letter or subdirectory pathname. the place to seem: bankruptcy 2, the part “DIR Command”; bankruptcy 17, the part “That humorous

Thing”; and bankruptcy 19, the sections “Using the DIR Command,” “The large DIR command,” and “Displaying a taken care of listing. ” The DISKCOPY Command function: To make a precise reproduction of a floppy disk. pattern: DISKCOPY A: B: Or: DISKCOPY A: A: reviews: This command makes a precise replica of a disk.

Many new pcs can flip off automagically. Don’t be shocked in case your laptop doesn’t look forward to you to press the facility swap. “I are looking to depart My computer on forever” the good debate rages: when you go away your machine on forever? good, a person who understands something will let you know definite. go away your machine on for all time, 24 hours an afternoon, seven days every week. the single time you want to relatively flip a method off is whilst it is going to be unused for longer than a weekend. not less than that’s my opinion, even though many fluctuate.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.38 of 5 – based on 17 votes