External command

External and Internal MS-DOS and Windows command line commandsAn external command is an MS-DOS command that is not included in command.com. External commands are commonly external either because they require large requirements or are not commonly used commands. The illustration shows each of the external commands are their own separate files. However, the internal commands are all included in the command.com file.

Below are examples of MS-DOS and Windows command line external commands currently listed on Computer Hope.

Append
Arp
Assign
At
Attrib
Backup
Bcdedit
Bootsect
Cacls
Chcp
Chkdsk
Chkntfs
Choice
Cipher
Comp
Compact
Convert
Debug
Defrag
Delpart
Deltree
Diskcomp
Diskcopy
Doskey
Dosshell
Dumpchk

Edit
Edlin
Expand
Extract
Fasthelp
Fc
Fciv
Fdisk
Find
Forfiles
Format
FTP
Gpupdate
Graftabl
Help
Hostname
Ipconfig
Label
Loadfix
logoff
Mem
Mode
More
Msav
Msbackup
Mscdex
Mscdexnt

Mwbackup
Msd
Nbtstat
Net

Netsh
Netstat
Nlsfunc
Nslookup
Pathping
Ping
Power
Print
Reg
Robocopy
Route
Runas
Scandisk
Scanreg
Setver
Sfc
Share
Shutdown
Smartdrv
Sort
Subst
Sys

Systeminfo
Taskkill

Tasklist
Telnet
Tracert
Tree
Tskill
Undelete
Unformat
Wmic
Xcopy

Many of the external commands are located in the Windows\system32 or Winnt\system32 directories. If you need to locate the external file in order to delete it, rename it or replace it, you can also find the file through MS-DOS.

Computer Hope cannot and will not provide any user with a downloadable version of any of the above files. If you are looking for a download, we suggest you look for alternative programs that perform the same function as the above commands.

Also see: Access path, Internal command, Operating system terms, Recovery console command