You can type the window system and network commands into a MS-DOS window. To find out how bring up an MS-DOS Screen window click here.

The following tables lists the most common system and network commands used on Windows. For More information on any command, type in the command name followed by /? or -help.

Window System Commands

Command Description Remarks
at Schedule commands and programs to run at a specified time/date.  
finger Display user information on a system running the finger service.  
hostname Print the name of the current host.  
ipconfig Display/refresh network configuration settings for network adapters.  
nbstat Display system NetBIOS information.  
netstat Display current system TCP/IP connection and state information.  
rasdial Dial and connect to a remote access server or dissconect a connection.  
rcp Copy files ro and from a computer  
reg Display, add or delete registry keys on the local computer.  
rexec Run commands on remote host running the rexec service.  
rsh Run commands on remote host running the rsh service.  
runas Run commands as a specified user.  
start Start a separate window to run a program or command.  
tftp Transfer files to and from computers running the tftp service.  

Network Commands

Command Description Remarks
net continue Resume a paused service.  
net help Display help specifically for the net commands.  
net file List and close open shared files.  
net group Add, display or modify global groups on domain controllers.  
net help Display help for the net commands.  
net helpmsg Display information about Windows network error/alert/warning messages.  
net localgroup Dial and modify local groups on a computer.  
net name Display/add/delete messaging names or aliases for a computer.  
net pause Suspend a Windows service or resource, in effect putting it on hold.  
net send Send messages to other computers/users/messaging names on network.  
net session List or disconnect open sessions with the computer.  
net share Display/add/delete shared resources on a computer.  
net start List running services as well as start services.  
net stop Stop running services.  
net time Display/synchronise time on a computer; also show/set time server.  
net use Connect/disconnect (also list current) a computer and shared resource.  
net user Display, create and modify user accounts on a computer.  
net view Display a list of shared resources or computers in the domain/network.  

Net share shows name and location of each shared floder. Shares that end with $ sign are administrative shares.
Examples (where x: is the drive letter to a shared resource):-
To map a drive:       net use x: \\computer name\share name
To delete a drive:     net use x: \delete
Examples of mapping and unmapping a drive.
Each command line is put into a batch file as follows:-
  subst D: "C:/D_Drive"
  subst D: /D

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