Contents of the README.DOC file
Windows Command Readme file
Welcome to Windows Command!
What is Windows Command?
Windows Command is a command line interface designed for the Microsoft
Windows environment. It combines the features of enhanced DOS command line
interpreters with the ability to access the features of Windows. These features
* command history/recall
* filename completion
* command aliases
* multiple commands per line
* redirection of standard output
* a complete command set including MOVE and EXCEPT
* minimize, maximize or close any window from the command line
* set Windows filename associations from the command line
* much more!
When and why would I use Windows Command?
Windows Command can be used any time you would normally run a DOS shell
such as COMMAND.COM under Windows in any mode. This means you can have "DOS"
running in a window under 386 Enhanced, Standard, and even Real mode Windows!
You can also use Windows Command as your Windows shell, instead of Program Manager
or File Manager. This is nice if you are used to using the command line in DOS,
and find you can issue commands faster by typing than by dragging your mouse
around. If you don't have a mouse, you will find that Windows Command makes it
much easier to access the abilities of Windows.
Since Windows Command is a true Windows program, you can start any
Windows program from the command line, which is impossible from DOS shells,
and you will also use less memory, and less system resources than if you ran
a DOS program under 386 Enhanced mode Windows (Windows Command takes as little as
55K of RAM).
How do I use Windows Command?
Using Program Manager, File Manager, or another Windows Shell program,
execute the File Run command from the menu, and type WCOMMAND.EXE (don't forget
to include the pathname to the directory it is in: e.g. C:\WIN\APPS\WCOMMAND.EXE),
then press ENTER, and Windows Command will start. That's it! If you need help at
any time, press F1, issue the HELP command at the command line, or choose a Help
option from the menu. Since Windows Command uses most of the same commands and
conventions as COMMAND.COM for DOS, you can use your DOS reference manual to help
you get started, as well.
What files should I have received with Windows Command?
The complete package contains the following files:
README.DOCGeneral information about Windows Command (this file!)
ORDER.TXTan order form for registering Windows Command
RELEASE.TXTnotes on releases of Windows Command
WCOMMAND.EXEthe Windows Command executable file
WCOMMAND.HLPthe Windows Command help file
Anyone is free to distribute this unregistered package of Windows Command
provided that all the above files remain together in the package.
Why should I register Windows Command?
If you like Windows Command and want to use it as your shell or just
as a Windows utility, you may find that the opening introductory screens become
tiresome. The screens also take up about 30K of disk space in the executable
file. Those screens are there to introduce new users to Windows Command, and to
remind you that your copy of Windows Command is not a registered copy (plus.. I
must admit.. creating the screens was fun!). The registered version eliminates
these screens, and allows you access to all the available features of Windows
Command. These extra features are documented in the file RELEASE.TXT, which should
have accompanied this package.
How do I register Windows Command?
All the information you need is in the opening screens, or in the file
ORDER.TXT, which should have accompanied this package. You can view any of the
.TXT or .DOC files that came with Windows Command by using Notepad, which ships
with Microsoft Windows.
What if I have an idea for a feature I'd like to see in Windows Command?
By all means, send it to me! I'd love to hear your ideas, and am looking
forward to incorporating more features. You can write to me at the address below:
Michael B. Tierney
205 Inglewood Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15228 USA
I'm looking forward to hearing from you!