Top MS-DOS Commands

MS-DOS is a discontinued operating system for x86-based personal computers mostly developed by Microsoft. DOS is an acronym for Disk Operating System. It also refers to MS-DOS or Microsoft Disk Operating System. This was originally developed as a standard operating system for all IBM-compatible computers which were created by Microsoft.

Here we are going to discuss some MS-DOS commands which are most commonly used.

Top MS-DOS Commands


To copy a complete file the copy command is used. If you want to copy a directory or multiple directories containing files use the robocopy or xcopy command. In other words, copy command allows you to copy one or more files to an alternate location.


It is used to delete one or more files or directories from a file system. The del command is an internal command and is available in the all version of MS-DOS, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 and in some others.


The MS-DOS edit command allows you to view, create, or modify any file on your computer. When edit command is running a screen similar to the picture below is shown.


Move command allows you to move files or directories from one folder to another, or from one drive to another. It is available in Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows NT, Windows 2000Windows XP and in some others.


The format command is used to format a specified partition on a hard drive (internal or external), flash drive, or floppy disk to a specified file system. It is a Command Prompt command. You can also format drives without using a command.

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