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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 type all our command at this Prompt.
 
The DOS Prompt looks like:-
 
When we first turn on our computer, we will see some cryptic information flash by. MS-DOS displays this information to let us know how it is configuring our computer. We can ignore it for now. When the information stops scrolling past, we’ll see the following:
C:\>
 
This is called the command prompt or DOS prompt. The flashing underscore next to the command prompt is called the cursor. The cursor shows where the command we type will appear.
 
If our command prompt looks like the sample command prompt above, skip to the following section, “Typing a Command.”
 
If our command prompt does not look like the example, type the following at the command prompt, and then press ENTER:
cd \
 
Note that the slash leans backward, not forward. We will learn more about the cd command later in the tutorial. If our command prompt still doesn’t look like the example, type the following at the command prompt, and then press ENTER:
prompt $p$g
 
Our command prompt should now look like the example.