Computer Buying
Computer Building
The Webcast
The Forum
Monthly Broadcast
Why Widescreen?
HDTV Images
What is the Command Prompt window for, and how do I access it?
Before Windows, there was DOS (Disk Operating System). Instead of the Windows GUI (Graphical User Interface), programs and tasks were executed using a command prompt structure.

DOS currently hides within Windows in the form of the Command Prompt. You can access it by going to Start > Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt.

The Command Prompt is useful for running older software (particularly games) that requires DOS. You can do this without leaving Windows.

Another feature offered by the Command Prompt is the ability perform system tests. Common uses including testing Internet Connection latency with the "Ping" function and tracing an IP address back to its source.

Software | Hardware | Internet | Networking | Web Publishing | Computer Glossary | Computer Links
TVs and HDTV | Cable and Satellite | PVRs and DVRs | CD Technology | DVD Technology | MP3 Technology | Speakers
Receivers | Video Editing | Production Studio | Audio and Video Glossary | Audio and Video Links
Cables and Connectors | Home Tech | Power Protection

©Copyright 2003-2005 Kimberlite Productions
No part of this site may be reproduced or redistributed without written permission.

Some of the tips and advice may void your equipment or service warranty. When in doubt, consult your owners manual and/or seek professional assistance. does not recommend performing any task that may damage your equipment, void your warranty or violate applicable laws. Since laws vary, depending upon your location, check local regulations regarding any activity you choose to engage in.