hh ntcmds.chm


So we have a new hire, just graduated from grad school. Since he only uses *nix in school. He is kind of lost in windows’s command prompt. What exactly can I do in windows command prompt?


WindowsXP/Windows Server 2003 ships many many command line tools. There is a help file called ntcmds.chm, which lists all the available command line tools, and detailed help for each tool. Type “hh ntcmds.chm” in your command prompt to see it.


To my surprise, not many people knows about this file.

Comments (11)

  1. indy says:

    hell.. this sad guy.. has to work with this pseudo shell in windows ;-( so sad.. why does he degrade himself? only for the money i guess..

    serious, i have to use win2000 sometimes and the "command prompt" is really horrible, it’s even worst in xppro.. no memorizing (xp), no auto-insertion, just useless..

    microsoftt should concentrate on what it can: memory-wasting gui’s and obvious closed bad-working lousy tools like word and stuff..

    regards from the *nix side.. 😉

  2. CC says:

    Just tried this command and it’s cool. However when you load the help file there is a missing image on the first page. Doh.

    Indy please stop trolling, it doesn’t help our cause in the slightest.

  3. Me says:

    You could get him the free Windows Services for Unix

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/sfu/default.asp

  4. Myself has a Unix background, but I have been using windows command prompt for a long time and I feel really comfortable. Yes, it does not have a powerful shell. But windows has a super powerful script engine (Windows Script Host wscript.exe/cscript.exe). What you can do with that script engine is only limited by your imagination.

    Thanks for pointing out SFU. My intention is to show that windows has a ton of useful command line tools built in and you can be productive inside command prompt.

    The image on the first page is a windows logo. Not sure why it is missing in your system.

  5. Mike Dunn says:

    Download 4NT from http://www.jpsoft.com – best command line replacement that I’ve ever used.

  6. Andre says:

    You could also try cygwin which has many of the *nix tools (inc gcc). http://www.cygwin.com/

  7. Actually I have Cygwin installed on my home machine. But believe it or not, I am more productive in command prompt than in Cygwin. The case sentivity alone annoys me enough.