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MS-DOS Operating System Most Personal Computers run under the MS-DOS Operating System. MS-DOS being the Microsoft Disk Operating System.

It is estimated that almost 10 million machines run under the MS-DOS Operating System and some 20,000 or more end-user applications have been published to run with it.

 

The Operating System is the program which provides organized services to the computer user and the application programs that they wish to use.
These services consist mainly of access to the hardware resources such as the disk drives, keyboard, etc.

 

Introduction MS-DOS Operating System

  MS-DOS Operating System Most Personal Computers run under the MS-DOS Operating System. MS-DOS being the Microsoft Disk Operating System. It is estimated that almost 10 million machines run under the …

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Disks and Drives

  Because most of our computers Memory (RAM) is temporary, its contents are erased when we switch off the power. We need a place to store the Operating System, application …

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Working with Files and Directories

The most fundamental aspects of using computer – 1. working with files, and 2. Organizing those files into directories.     Files A file is simply a collection of information …

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Introduction to DOS

MS-DOS   Starting MS-DOS… C:\>_   An example of MS-DOS’s command-line interface, this one showing that the current directory is the root of drive C.   Company/ developer: Microsoft OS …

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History of DOS

MS-DOS began as QDOS (for Quick and Dirty Operating System), written by Tim Paterson for computer manufacturer Seattle Computer Products (SCP) in 1980.   It was marketed by SCP as …

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Activating DOS from Window

DOS stands for Disk Operating System. DOS controls the computer’s hardware and provides an environment for programs to run. This system program must always be present when working with our …

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Activating DOS from Window

To activate DOS from Windows we will need the following steps: 1) Locate the MS-DOS icon on the Desktop. 2) Now move the mouse-pointer over the MS-DOS icon present on …

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The DOS Prompt

Once the DOS is loaded into the RAM from the disk, it displays a prompt on the screen, indicating that it is ready to accept instruction from us. We can …

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Typing A Command in DOS

Typing a Command Here we explains how to type a command at the command prompt and demonstrates the “Bad command or file name” message.   • To type a command …

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INTERNAL DOS Commands

  DOS Commands are of two types: • Internal Command • External Command     INTERNAL commands Internal commands do not required any special files for being executed and are …

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EXTERNAL commands In DOS

External Commands require certain special DOS files to get executed. External commands are MS-DOS utilities / programs. These are the .EXE or .COM programs located on our hard drive. They …

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Directory Command

The DIRECTORY command is like a table of contents in a book. This directory will list the following information: • Filenames • File extensions • Size of each file • …

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Pause a Directory Listing

We can add a PAUSE command to our directory command which will allow us to view our directory one screen at a time.   Directions: 1. Type: dir/p and press …

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View a Wide Listing of Files

When we need to quickly view our files, we can add a /W to the directory command. This will display our files into five columns on the screen.   Directions: …

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