Links to Other Dos Sources


Command Lists

Build Your Own DOS 7 Manual
- Walter Zackery (1998)
A lead in to a downloadable batch file that compiles all the inbuilt help (as given by Command /?) for the various Dos 7 commands into a Wordpad document.
MS-DOS 7 Reference Manual
- (New York Medical College)
An HTML version of the results of running Walter Zackery's batch file (see above)
MS-DOS Reference
- Marcus Houlden (1999)
This site includes a listing of all Dos commands from all versions along with syntax and brief notes. There is also a history of the Dos versions with comments on the major features included with each upgrade.
MSDOS help and commands
- Computer Hope
This site covers a wide range of Dos subjects ranging from a brief description of the commands (including undocumented switches), error codes, an introduction to batch files, some Debug scripts, and an FAQ covering miscellaneous DOS related hardware and software issues.
- Benny Pedersen
A comprehensive listing of MS-Dos 6.22 commands along with syntax, notes, and examples.
- Kevin Tekel
A comprehensive list of undocumented Dos commands and switches in easily downloadable text format. Covers all versions of Dos.

Using Dos

As far as I have been able to find, there are no comprehensive on-line sources for learning about Dos. Furthermore, I have yet to come across any books on using Dos 7.x (though several books on Win95 discuss how to work with Dos programs under Win95).

Anyone wishing to understand how to use Dos 7 is probably best advised to pick up one of the "heavy" guides to Dos 6.2 (from library or second hand bookstore) and couple this with the Dos chapter of a Win95 guide.

Having said that, there is:
[Dos Tutorial]
- Paul Butterwick (1999)
An excellent beginner's tutorial (complete with examples and questions). It covers most of the standard Dos commands, and how to set up Autoexec. bat and Config.sys - but is geared primarily at users of Dos 6. (There is also a pretty good hardware troubleshooting guide on the same site).
Understanding and Getting Around in DOS
- The AIM Lab (U. of Illinois)(1995)
A very basic introduction to Dos for those who are not just new to Dos but also new to computing. The examples indicate the page's age, but otherwise, just as true now as it was then.
- Suzanne J. Baril (Camosun College)(2000)
Although this site is primarily a college course site, it includes online classnotes including "Dos Tutorial Parts 1 & 2" and "Dos Batch Tutorial Parts 1 & 2".
Guide to CONFIG.SYS & AUTOEXEC.BAT version 3.04
Peter H. S. Madsen (1999)
An excellent page on how to set up Config.sys and Autoexec.bat for running under Win 9x with explanations on all the lines used and their significance. Also has advice on setting up Dosstart.bat and Winstart.bat. A downloadable version of the page is available

Batch Files

DOS Batch Language
- Ted Davis (1998)
Excellent comprehensive site devoted to batch files from introduction to advanced techniques. Easy to read, easy to understand, and easy to follow.
Batfiles - The DOS batch file programming handbook
- Laurence Soucy (1997)
Another excellent comprehensive treatment of batch files. The author has made a point of including numerous examples with detailed explanatory notes.
DOS Batch Files
- Anon
An introduction to batch files covering the basic concepts of putting together a batch file and exploring how some commands can be "stretched" to add to their versatility.
Batch File Contents (Updated, Dec 98)
- Tom Lavedas
This site is devoted to extending the power of batch file programming to its limits. Some of the procedures are convoluted but explanations of some trickier parts are given.
Batch Programming Stuff
- Terry Newton (1998)
Contents page leading to a mass of diverse material on batch files including working batch files, links to other batch file sites, and his Batch Guide (see below).
Batch Guide
- Terry Newton (1998)
Although the first section deals with basic batch file techniques, things quickly move on.
Topics covered include:
  1. Menus
  2. Processing lists of data
  3. Launching programs and retrieving data therefrom.
DOS Batch Programming
- Anon (199?)
Easy-to-read site concentrating on dealing with common batch file problems such as accepting user input and manipulation of numbers/strings. Includes numerous examples of functional batch files that will do everything from shutting down Win95 to "Play all your sounds with just enough delay between sounds to let the cat relax".
DOS Batch Programming Elements
- Dirk van Deun (1997)
A collection of batch routines (along with commentaries) that demonstrate how things that can't be done with batch files can be done.
Topics covered include:
  1. Input
  2. Output
  3. String Manipulation
  4. Mathematical routines
  5. Database management and file processing/parsing
  6. Getting date, time, current drive, directory and version number
  7. General data structures and programming techniques
  8. Generating random values
  9. Object Oriented Programming
  10. Manipulating file date and time
No Title
(The Hidden Strengths of the Dos Batch Language)
- Dirk van Deun (1994)
A remarkable description of the development of a complex batch program. Although a full commentary is given, the logic is enough to make a neophyte's brain sore!

Partitioning Hard Drives

The Partition FAQ An excellent source on disk partitioning - explains in detail the how's, why's, and what's of partitioning (and boot managers). Discusses the relative merits of FDISK and third party partitioning software.
FDISK.COM - Fdisk Information Actually, not much about, but a well annotated selection of links about hard disks including partitioning, boot managers, and disk cloning tools.
Ranish Partition Manager
- Mikhail Ranish (Sept. '99)
Apart from being the source of the Rannish Partion Manager, this site has some detailed information about hard disks, partitions, and how they work. There is also a useful set of related links.

Freeware and Shareware

Simtel.Net MS-DOS Page A massive collection of Dos programs and utilities.
Free Software For DOS
Richard L. Green (2000)
The title page just about says it all: "Reviews, descriptions, links to over 500 DOS programs (no games). Freeware and free-for-private-use shareware listed (no commercial programs listed)." Good reviews.
Interesting DOS Programs
Dev Anand Teelucksingh (2000)
A comprehensive set of links to commercial and shareware Dos program sites. An excellent starting point for finding a selection of Dos HTML editors or whatever.


There are a number of newsgroups devoted to MS-Dos questions, answers, and discussion.
alt.msdos.batch The newsgroup for questions and comments relating to batch files. At the time of writing there are nine or ten very knowledgable people who contribute regularly and virtually no question goes unanswered. Indeed, the speed of response and counter response is quite staggering bearing in mind the subject matter!
Unfortunately, some of these experts don't get on too well with each other and there is an occasional descent to "You're wrong", "No, I'm not", "Yes you are, admit it", which can became a bit embarassing to the onlooker. [c. 50 messages/day]

It is also possible to browse the Compuserve Dos Forum, though non-subscribers cannot take part in the discussions. Although much slower than browsing the standard newsgroups, topics do seem to be discussed in rather more depth than is typical elsewhere.

Computing.Net - DOS Forum is another newsgroup style Web site. Again, much slower than browsing newsgroups with a reader, but there does seem to be a fair amount of activity.

If you should have any comments or suggestions,
please contact: Bob Watson
This page last revised:
October 28, 2000.