CMD Prompt, command line, DOS box, or Command Console some of the names
for use of the "command line".
A while back I wrote an article about File Management Attributes and using the CMD
Prompt or DOS Box to change the properties or attributes of a file.
Seems there is a nasty virus out on the web that likes to hide directories
(Folders) and files from the user/owner.
One of the ways to gain control over a file or directory (this is an old DOS
term where as Folders is a Windows 95 and up term) is to use the Command Prompt
and go to the directory with the effected files.
Ah but, you say "How do I get there?"
Here is a tip: If you need to know a certain command for navigating around in
the DOS environment then press F1 and in search box type in "Command-line
So you tried to remove the hidden attribute on some files and folders with
Explorer but it isn't working. You need two things:
- Administrator Rights
- Ownership of the files/folders
Now you have a list of all the commands you can use in the Command Prompt
window or with a DOS boot disk, however with a DOS boot disk unless you have a
utility that will mount an NTFS volume you will not be able to do anything to a
Windows volume, DOS can not see the NTFS formatted volume.
Either use the Start button menu and navigate to the accessories and open a
Command Prompt window or use the Run: box and type in cmd, a new window will
open at the Command Prompt.
Next you need to navigate to the actual directory, lets say the path to the
affected files is D:\Backup Files\June 2010 now you have a small problem because
some DOS commands do not see spaces in a directory name, and when you get to the
files you are going to have another problem: DOS can only see eight characters
and a three character file type extension.
But not all is lost grasshopper!
There are ways around these small problems. When you are using the
you can not use spaces and long file names with some commands such as attrib
unless you enter your text with in parentheses such as you want to go to the
backup files directory you would use this: "backup files" with the command.
Troubleshoot, repair, maintain, upgrade & secure...
Before you go to the backup files directory if it is hidden you need to
remove that attribute by using the attrib -h command (don't worry I will make a
complete list of how to get to the drive letter, the directory, and the files
When the CMD Prompt window opens it will be on your Operating System
drive and in your home or My Documents directory, unless you have changed it by
changing the properties of it (I have mine set for C:\ ), you need to get to the D: drive then to the backup files root directory for the
June 2010. That is where you need to start removing the -h (hidden) attribute
from the files and directories.
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