List of MS-DOS system files

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MS-DOS / PC DOS and some related disk operating systems use the files mentioned here.

System Files:[1]

Command line interpreter (Shell):

User configuration files:

  • AUTOEXEC.BAT: This is run by the default shell (usually COMMAND.COM) to execute commands at startup.
  • CONFIG.SYS: This contains statements to configure DOS and load device drivers.

Standard DOS utility programs:

  • APPEND: Set a search path for data files.
  • ATTRIB: Set or display file attributes.
  • BACKUP / RESTORE: simple backup and restore utilities.
  • CHKDSK: Check disk for file system integrity.
  • COMP / FC: File compare utilities.
  • DEBUG: Simple command line debugger.
  • DELTREE: Delete a directory tree.
  • DISKCOMP: Compare floppy disks.
  • DISKCOPY: Copy floppy disks.
  • DOSKEY: Command line editor.
  • EDIT / EDLIN: Very basic text editor(s); EDLIN is in earlier versions.
  • FDISK: Partitions fixed disks.
  • FIND: Find text in files.
  • FORMAT: Formats disks.
  • JOIN: Joins a drive letter to a subdirectory.
  • LABEL: Set or remove a disk volume label.
  • MEM: Display memory usage.
  • MODE: Set modes for system devices.
  • MORE: Display output one screen at a time.
  • MOVE: Move files from one directory to another.
  • PRINT: Print spooler.
  • REPLACE: Replace files.
  • SHARE: File sharing and locking support.
  • SORT: Sorts input.
  • SUBST: Substitutes a drive letter for a subdirectory.
  • SYS: Transfers the system files to another drive to make it bootable.
  • TREE: Display a directory tree.
  • XCOPY: Extended file copy.

Standard DOS device drivers: