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command.com vs. cmd.exe

Discussion in 'Software Development' started by mussavcom, Apr 19, 2004.

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  1. mussavcom

    mussavcom Thread Starter

    Mar 28, 2004
    In Windows XP, start-run-cmd.exe takes me to a command line interface, just like command.com does. command.com seems older... What's the difference between the two?
  2. coderitr


    Oct 12, 2003
    The cmd.exe is Windows 32-bit command interpreter. Command.com is a 16-bit equivalent of MS-DOS embedded in Windows. If you look at the task manager when you have command.com open you'll likely see an ntvdm.exe program running -- that is NT/2000 kernels "virtual dos machine". You cannot run 32 bit applications from a command.com window.
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