An 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 separate files. However, the internal commands are all included in the command.com file.
Listing of external commands
Below are examples of MS-DOS and Windows command line external commands currently listed on Computer Hope.
Where are the external command files stored?
Many of the external commands are located in the Windows\system32 or Winnt\system32 directories. If you need to locate the external file to delete it, rename it or replace it, you can also find the file through MS-DOS.
How do you run an external command?
As long as the file exists and you have the proper paths, an external command runs just like an internal command by typing the command name at the prompt. However, if the paths are not set properly or they are missing because the command line would not know where to look for the external command, you would get an error. Unless of course you were in the same directory as the command.
Can you send me the external command file?
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.
- What is an external and internal command?
- How can I obtain the file for an external MS-DOS command?
- MS-DOS and Windows command line help and support.