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Many people think that DOS is outdated, but I don't think so. You can do many things with DOS,and even Eric Wilhelm uses it! (See here) Some of the things you can do with DOS include giving yourself access to important files (good for hacking), deleting things, backing up things, showing all the files and folders in a folder, making simple but harmful viruses, and reformatting hard drives (!!). Unfortunately, when you want to run a program you made, you must type in the location if you want other information to be passed on to it. This instructable will teach you how to essentially make a command so you don't have to do this.
 
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Step 1: Making the Program

Start by making a DOS executable. A DOS executable is a program that is run through CMD. These files can have six extensions: .exe, .com, .bat or .cmd .vbs or .vbe. Note that that you can use things passed into the program with %1, %2, %3 and so on.

When you have the program ready, rename it to the command you want, followed by its extension. Note that the command cannot contain spaces.

When ready, continue to step two.

Step 2: Transform it Into a Command

This is what turns it into a command. Copy the file into C:\WINDOWS\system32\. That is all you need to do. To test it, open cmd by typing "cmd" into start>Run and hitting enter. Test your command. Just type the name of the file, no extension. For example, if you want to go to instructables, just copy the attached file into C:\WINDOWS\system32, and then type "instructables" in cmd.

Note-The picture is making the icon for the program, which I did in .IcoFX
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microchip555 years ago
you have to have admin permissions to though! is there a way without being a admin or making you on in cmd?
puffyfluff (author)  microchip554 years ago
Yes, that's true, you need admin powers to access system32.  Of course, you can always just change the admin password using DOS...but that's probably something you shouldn't do.
Another method of accessing System32 is using Linux on an external drive and connecting it to the Windows box. You have full access to all of the system's files and the system administrator can do nothing about it! My friend, Tyler, does this and deletes system32 or renames it to profane names or things which are memes.
but HOW would you do that?
You would go about doing this by installing a linux partition on a USB hard disk, inserting the hard disk and, when the "select bootable hard disk' message appears, choose your removable disk. The computer will boot off of your disk and the entire hard disk of the system will be easily manipulated without restriction.

Linux is an interesting OS. When you're using it on a harddrive also containing Windows, it says, "You know what? Go ahead and f*** this OS up; it's not me, so I don't care."
When you try to access files in a Linux partition from a Windows partition or a different Linux partition, the one which you're trying to access says, "What do you think you're doing? These are mine, and I won't let you see them, a$$h***!"
When you try to access the system files in a Linux OS which you own, it says, "Ummm...You need Root-Access to view these. Wait, what do you say? You have Root-Access? Well, I don't give a d***. If you want me dead, you'll have to do it my way."

Doing anything to or from Windows OS', Windows says, "Can I help you with this? Perhaps I can bend over a little further."

/me is visualizing the paperclip in Microsoft Office bending over past its elastic limit.
gryffn4 years ago
 i got to system 32 with run.exe
raaams5 years ago
byyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyt
puffyfluff (author)  raaams5 years ago
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Was that meant to be funny? If it was, it's just because I have a very bad sense of humor.
ranumm6 years ago
powershell...
puffyfluff (author)  ranumm6 years ago
What's powershell?
PowerShell is a new Command shell replacement for Windows. Object driven, and expandable using .NET Quite frankly it rocks. (let the windows bashing begin...)
puffyfluff (author)  ranumm6 years ago
Wow... I'll have to look in to that...
vb is very good to .. it uses .NET if your using the program thing
puffyfluff (author)  iRule6 years ago
Yeah, I use a lot of VB myself.
cool .. lol its very good.
puffyfluff (author)  iRule6 years ago
Yeah, especially for prank error messages :-)
VB is ok, but if your serious about .NET, consider C#. Functionally, there is little that C# can do that VB cannot, but...C# is slightly more powerful, and much more consistent. Also, very much in demand right now...
iRule ranumm6 years ago
i have the thing with vb, C,C++,dll, and all the others built into that program thing that makes it easier to write em.
puffyfluff (author)  iRule6 years ago
I do everything in C++ now, whether it's console or GUI.
im no good at c++ so i dont try lol
puffyfluff (author)  iRule6 years ago
Lol
lol yer .. lol .. gone way off subject
puffyfluff (author)  iRule6 years ago
Who cares.
while we off subject have you got any ideas for a batch or vbs or vb.net thing .. i ran out of ideas
puffyfluff (author)  iRule6 years ago
I have too, I've made so many.
puffyfluff (author)  puffyfluff6 years ago
Followed by shutdowns.
AndyGadget6 years ago
My first IBM compatible computer was an XT, with, if I recall correctly, a 4MHz clock speed and 256KB of RAM (that's Kilobyte, not Megabyte). CPUs are now pushing 4GHz - That's a thousand times faster (and much more efficient). I've absorbed new knowledge over the years as each new generation of processors and software came along, and really don't envy anyone trying to get into the technical side of computing from scratch now. There is just SO MUCH to learn - including neat little tricks like this. It may have been the ONLY operating system on the early machines, but DOS still has much to offer. *3 yorkshiremen mode ON* You've got it easy today. When I was a lad we didn't have ones and zeroes. We had to make do with 'I's and 'O's. And even the 'I's were a bit iffy. Kids today . . . don't know they're born. *3 yorkshiremen mode OFF*
puffyfluff (author)  AndyGadget6 years ago
I guess we do have it easy. Three yorkshiremen, though...
What's a DOS command? Sure, I am stupid for viewing the Instructable and not knowing what it was, that's why I asked.
puffyfluff (author)  GorillazMiko6 years ago
A DOS command is something that you type into CMD and hit enter, and it does something. Like, if you open CMD and type "help and then hit enter, it will give you a list of other common DOS commands. They are just like geeky shortcuts to run files.
You can make it be matrix colored like in my instructable!
puffyfluff (author)  Brennn106 years ago
Yes. You can use "color a" or "color 2" (brighter), and it will change the color.
PKM6 years ago
I was all set for this to be more lame script kiddie stuff.. and then it turns out to be something hella useful I didn't know you could do. Shows how much I know :)
puffyfluff (author)  PKM6 years ago
Thanks.
Mr. Rig It6 years ago
Who the heck is Eric Wilhelm?!?!?!? J/K :-)
puffyfluff (author)  Mr. Rig It6 years ago
The founder and CEO of Instructables.
Rig it was joking, nice one on this, I have dabbled in DOS but could never be bothered with the whole repeating things over an over typing crap out the long way...
puffyfluff (author)  killerjackalope6 years ago
That's what I thought... The same problem happened to me. That's why I decided to find out how to make my own.
Well nice one... handy little trick...
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