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MS Windows Commandline Tips

As a *nix user I'm used to the "powers of command line". Despite the rumors of being a GUI only OS MS Windows(C) you can do useful things from the command line.

== Systeminfo ==
The equivalent to *nix command such as ''uptime'', ''vmstat'', ''uname'' is one command ''systeminfo''


Host Name:                 MACHINE1
OS Name:                   Microsoft Windows XP Professional
OS Version:                5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer:           Microsoft Corporation
OS Configuration:          Standalone Workstation
OS Build Type:             Uniprocessor Free
Registered Owner:
Registered Organization:
Product ID:                XXXXX-OEM-XXXXXXX-XXXXX
Original Install Date:     2006-05-18, 18:48:40
System Up Time:            0 Days, 0 Hours, 17 Minutes, 52 Seconds
System Manufacturer:       Hewlett-Packard
System Model:              HP Compaq nc8230 (DX442AV)
System type:               X86-based PC
Processor(s):              1 Processor(s) Installed.
                           [01]: x86 Family 6 Model 13 Stepping 8 GenuineIntel ~1729 Mhz
BIOS Version:              HP     - 15090520
Windows Directory:         C:\WINDOWS
System Directory:          C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device:               \Device\HarddiskVolume1
System Locale:             en-us;English (United States)
Input Locale:              sv;Swedish
Time Zone:                 (GMT+01:00) Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna
Total Physical Memory:     511 MB
Available Physical Memory: 229 MB
Virtual Memory: Max Size:  2\uffff048 MB
Virtual Memory: Available: 2\uffff008 MB
Virtual Memory: In Use:    40 MB
Page File Location(s):     C:\pagefile.sys
Domain:                    WORKGROUP
Logon Server:              \\MACHINE1
Hotfix(s):                 283 Hotfix(s) Installed.
                           [01]: File 1
                           [02]: File 1
                           [229]: KB92

NetWork Card(s):           2 NIC(s) Installed.
                           [01]: Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet
                                 Connection Name: Local Area Connection
                                 DHCP Enabled:    No
                                 IP address(es)
                           [02]: 1394 Net Adapter
                                 Connection Name: 1394 Connection
                                 DHCP Enabled:    Yes
                                 DHCP Server:     N/A
                                 IP address(es)

== Shutdown or reboot ==
The ''shutdown'' command is also available on MS Windows. And it's almost the same arguments as well.

C:\>shutdown /?
Usage: shutdown [-i | -l | -s | -r | -a] [-f] [-m \\computername] [-t xx] [-c "comment"] [-d up:xx:yy]

        No args                 Display this message (same as -?)
        -i                      Display GUI interface, must be the first option
        -l                      Log off (cannot be used with -m option)
        -s                      Shutdown the computer
        -r                      Shutdown and restart the computer
        -a                      Abort a system shutdown
        -m \\computername       Remote computer to shutdown/restart/abort
        -t xx                   Set timeout for shutdown to xx seconds
        -c "comment"            Shutdown comment (maximum of 127 characters)
        -f                      Forces running applications to close without warning
        -d [u][p]:xx:yy         The reason code for the shutdown
                                u is the user code
                                p is a planned shutdown code
                                xx is the major reason code (positive integer less than 256)
                                yy is the minor reason code (positive integer less than 65536)