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?
If the file exists and you have the proper paths, an external command runs like an internal command by typing the command name at the prompt. However, if the paths are not set properly or they are missing, the command line would not know where to look for the external command. In that case, you would get an error, unless you were in the same directory as the command.
Can you send me the external command file?
Computer Hope cannot and will not provide anyone with a downloadable version of any of the files above. If you are looking for a download, we suggest looking for alternative programs that perform the same function as the commands above.