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09/14/03: DOS icon
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I held on to Windows 98 as long as I could, but finally had
to switch to XP with this laptop. Where is the DOS icon ?
Are those rumors that XP doesn't have DOS any more true?
I'll be lost without my bats!!!
DOS is alive and well in the basement of Windows XP.
Windows XP has a totally different philosophy behind it.
Part of it is based on French tanks (15 speeds in reverse
and one forward, just in case the enemy attacks from the
The rest of it is based on that joke of the gynecologist who
became a car mechanic and fixed an engine by doing all
the work by reaching into it through the muffler.
If you can grasp those two concepts simultaneously, then
you truly understand Windows XP. That is why you can't
set the explorer to go straight to the C: drive but have to
slither towards that by devious routes.
To get a DOS icon, make a bat with these two lines in it:
and an empty line below the cmd. Save it as dxp.bat in your
bats directory and make a desktop shortcut to it.
When you click that shortcut, you get a DOS window with
the prompt in your bats directory.
It's in a bland grey on black, but you can change that right
from the bat:
gets you a high energy combo of yellow text on bright blue.
If you right-click on the top bar, you can set your defaults.
Right-clicking on the top bar also lets you get to
Edit Mark Copy / Edit Paste.
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