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Posted: 24 Nov 2005 23:07
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I needed a MS-DOS documentation at hand; my problem was the version shipped with Windows 2000 is far less comprehensive than the previous ones. That's why I searched in the Web a more complete version... and I found it!

----------------------------- MS-DOS v6.22: FASTHELP -----------------------------
                                               HELP Summary
    (See the <MS-DOS v6.22 Help: Command Reference> for detailed HELP)

ANSI.SYS : Defines functions that change display graphics, control cursor movement, and reassign keys.

APPEND.EXE : Allows programs to open data files in specified directories as if they were in the current directory.

ATTRIB.EXE : Displays or changes file attributes.

Batch : Commands specially designed for batch programs.

BREAK : Sets or clears extended CTRL+C checking.

BUFFERS : Allocates memory for a specified number of disk buffers when your system starts.

CALL : Calls one batch program from another without causing the first batch program to stop.

CD : Displays the name of or changes the current directory.

CHCP : Displays or sets the active code page number.

CHDIR : Displays the name of or changes the current directory.

CHKDSK.EXE : Checks a disk and displays a status report.

CHKSTATE.SYS : Used by the MemMaker memory-optimization program to track the optimization process.

CHOICE.COM : Prompts the user to make a choice in a batch program.

CLS : Clears the screen.

COMMAND.COM : Starts a new instance of the MS-DOS command interpreter.

CONFIG.SYS : Commands that can only be used in the CONFIG.SYS file.

COPY : Copies one or more files to another location.

COUNTRY.SYS : Configures MS-DOS to recognize one of the supported languages.

CTTY : Changes the terminal device used to control your system

DATE : Displays or sets the date.

DBLSPACE.EXE : Creates and manages drives compressed by using DoubleSpace.

DEBUG.EXE : Starts Debug, a program testing and editing tool.

DEFRAG.EXE : Reorganizes the files on a disk to optimize the disk.

DEL : Deletes one or more files.

DELOLDOS.EXE Deletes the OLD_DOS.1 directory, the files it contains and then itself.

DELTREE.EXE : Deletes a directory and all the files and subdirectories in it.

DEVICE Drivers : Installable device drivers provided with MS-DOS.

DEVICE : Loads the device driver specified into memory.

DEVICEHIGH : Loads the device driver specified into upper memory.

DIR : Displays a list of files and subdirectories in a directory.

DISKCOMP.COM : Compares the contents of two floppy disks.

DISKCOPY.COM : Copies the contents of one floppy disk to another.

DISPLAY.SYS : Enables display of international character sets on EGA, VGA, and LCD monitors.

DOS : Specifies that MS-DOS should maintain a link to the upper memory area, load part of itself into the high memory area (HMA), or both.

DOSKEY.COM : Edits command lines, recalls MS-DOS commands, and creates macros.

DOSSHELL.COM : Starts the MS-DOS Shell.

DRIVER.SYS : Creates a logical drive that you can use to refer to a physical floppy disk drive.

DRIVPARM : Defines parameters for devices such as disk and tape drives when you start MS-DOS.

DRVSPACE.EXE : Creates and manages compressed drives by using DriveSpace.

DrvSpace Tips : Getting the most out of DRVSPACE.

DRVSPACE.SYS : Compresses hard disk drives or floppy disks, and configures drives that were compressed by using DriveSpace.

ECHO : Displays messages, or turns command echoing on or off.

EDIT.COM : Starts MS-DOS Editor, which creates and changes ASCII files.

EGA.SYS : Saves and restores the display when the MS-DOS Shell Task Swapper is used with EGA monitors.

EMM386 : Enables/disables EMM386 expanded memory support.

EMM386.EXE : Enables or disables EMM386 expanded-memory support on a computer with an 80386 or higher processor.

ERASE : Deletes one or more files.

EXIT : Quits the COMMAND.COM program (command interpreter).

EXPAND.EXE : Decompresses one or more compressed files.

FASTHELP.EXE : Provides summary Help information for MS-DOS commands.

FASTOPEN.EXE : Decreases the amount of time needed to open frequently used files and directories.

FC.EXE : Compares two files or sets of files, and displays the differences between them.

FCBS : Specifies the number of file control blocks (FCBs) that MS-DOS can have open at the same time.

FDISK.EXE : Configures a hard disk for use with MS-DOS.

FILES : Specifies the number of files that MS-DOS can access at one time.

FIND.EXE : Searches for a text string in a file or files.

FOR : Runs a specified command for each file in a set of files.

FORMAT.COM : Formats a disk for use with MS-DOS.

GOTO : Directs MS-DOS to a line in a batch program that is marked by a label you specify.

GRAPHICS.COM : Loads a program that can print graphics.

HELP.COM : Provides complete, interactive Help information for MS-DOS commands.

HIMEM.SYS : Extended-memory manager.

IF : Performs conditional processing in batch programs.

INCLUDE : Includes the contents of one configuration block within another.

INSTALL : Loads a memory-resident program into memory when you start MS-DOS.

INTERLNK : Connects two computers via parallel or serial ports.

INTERLNK.EXE : Redirects requests on the Interlnk server.

International : Commands used to change country-specific settings and character sets (code pages).

INTERSVR.EXE : Starts the Interlnk server.

KEYB.COM : Configures a keyboard for a specific language.

LABEL.EXE : Creates, changes, or deletes the volume label of a disk

LASTDRIVE : Specifies the maximum number of drives you can access.

LH : Loads a program into the upper memory area.

LOADFIX.COM : Loads a program above the first 64K of memory, and runs the program.

LOADHIGH : Loads a program into the upper memory area.

MD : Creates a directory.

MEM.EXE : Displays the amount of used and free memory in your system.

MEMMAKER.EXE : Starts the Memmaker program, which optimizes your computer's memory.

MENUCOLOR : Sets the text and background colors for the startup menu.

MENUDEFAULT : Specifies the default menu item on the startup menu and sets a timeout value if desired.

MENUITEM : Defines an item on the startup menu.

MKDIR : Creates a directory.

MODE.COM : List of tasks for which you can use the MODE command.

MORE.COM : Displays output one screen at a time.

MOVE.EXE : Moves one or more files. Also renames files and directories.

MSAV.EXE : Scans your computer for known viruses.

MSBACKUP.EXE : Backs up or restores one or more files from one disk to another.

MSCDEX.EXE : Provides access to CD-ROM drives.

MSD.EXE : Provides detailed technical information about your computer.

Multi-Config : Commands for Defining Multiple Configurations.

NLSFUNC.EXE : Loads country-specific information.

NUMLOCK : Specifies whether the NUM LOCK key is set to ON or OFF when your computer starts.

PATH : Displays or sets a search path for executable files.

PAUSE : Suspends processing of a batch file and displays a message.

POWER.EXE : Turns power management on and off.

POWER.EXE : Reduces power consumption when applications and devices are idle.

PRINT.EXE : Prints a text file while you are using other MS-DOS commands.

PROMPT : Changes the MS-DOS command prompt.

QBASIC.EXE : Starts the MS-DOS QBasic programming environment.

RAMDRIVE.SYS : Uses part of your computer's random-access memory (RAM) to simulate a hard disk drive.

RD : Removes a directory.

REM : Enables you to include comments in a batch file or in your CONFIG.SYS file.

REN : Renames a file or files.

RENAME : Renames a file or files.

REPLACE.EXE : Replaces files.

RESTORE.EXE : Restores files that were backed up by using the BACKUP command.

RMDIR : Removes a directory.

SCANDISK.EXE : Checks a drive for errors and repairs any problems it finds.

SET : Displays, sets, or removes MS-DOS environment variables

SETVER.EXE : Displays the version table.

SETVER.EXE : Display and modify the version number that MS-DOS reports to a program.

SHARE.EXE : Installs file-sharing and locking capabilities on your hard disk.

SHELL : Specifies the name and location of the command interpreter you want MS-DOS to use.

SHIFT : Changes the position of replaceable parameters in a batch program.

SIZER.EXE : Used by MemMaker to determine the size in memory of device drivers and memory-resident programs.

SMARTDRV.EXE : Starts or configures SMARTDrive, which creates a disk cache in extended memory.

SMARTDRV.EXE : Loads the SMARTDRV.EXE device driver to perform double buffering.

SORT.EXE : Sorts input.

STACKS : Supports the dynamic use of data stacks to handle hardware interrupts.

SUBMENU : Defines an item on a startup menu that, when selected, displays another set of choices.

SUBST.EXE : Associates a path with a drive letter.

SWITCHES : Specifies special options in MS-DOS.

SYS.COM : Copies MS-DOS system files and command interpreter to a disk you specify.

TIME : Displays or sets the system time.

TREE.EXE : Graphically displays the directory structure of a drive or path.

TYPE : Displays the contents of a text file.

UNDELETE.EXE : Restores files previously deleted with the DEL command.

UNFORMAT.COM : Restores a disk erased by the FORMAT command.

VER : Displays the MS-DOS version.

VERIFY : Directs MS-DOS to verify that your files are written correctly to a disk.

VOL : Displays a disk volume label and serial number.

VSAFE.COM : Continuously monitors your computer for viruses.

XCOPY.EXE : Copies files (except hidden and system files) and directory trees.


I know that text is included with MS-DOS 6.22, but I think it's still useful to post here :twisted:

Last edited by vador13 on 25 Nov 2005 16:05, edited 1 time in total.

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Posted: 24 Nov 2005 23:48
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Good job, thank you vador13.

It remains to translate it in French.

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Posted: 25 Nov 2005 07:19
I've my translation in French :) not in HTML but it's better than nothing.
(PS : linux compatible ; just copy HELP.* in a DOSemu folder)

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Posted: 25 Nov 2005 10:50
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Thank you... but anyone using MS-DOS 6.22 in French already have help in French. :D

I wrote remains to translate it in French for HTML pages!

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Posted: 25 Nov 2005 15:41
I noticed that page is just a HTML version of the original Help.

So, instead of translating from scratch, it would be much faster to convert into HTML...

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Posted: 25 Nov 2005 16:03
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Yes, by using the print command to a file, then convert that file to HTML... a lot of work :p

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Post subject: Re: MS-DOS 6.22 Help
Posted: 17 Apr 2009 18:02
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As a reminder, HELP and QBASIC files from MS-DOS 6.22 are included on the Windows 98 CD

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