CHAPTER 18Working with the Command-Line Interface

In this chapter, you will learn how to

• Explain the operation of the command-line interface

• Execute fundamental commands from the command line

• Manipulate files from the command line

Whenever I teach a class of new techs and we get to the section on working with the command line, I’m invariably met with a chorus of moans and a barrage of questions and statements. “Why do we need to learn this old stuff?” “We’re running Windows 7, not Windows 3.1!” “Is this ritualistic hazing appropriate in an IT class?”

For techs who master the interface, the command line provides a powerful, quick, and elegant tool for working on a PC. Learning that interface and understanding how to make it work is not only ...

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