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If you’ve been out of the Windows game for a few years and find yourself forced back into it, don’t use


to bring up a “DOS” window, use


The former lacks support for long file names and make “cd”ing a lot more difficult than it needs to be.

Windows is supposed to have a Unix Service that would make this a moot point, but I’m stuck on XP Home so that’s not an option.

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Originally Posted: 27th June 2005