Windows® 7 Batch File
Windows 7 batch files allow you to perform many automated or repetitive tasks. It is the best way to execute many repetitive or time-consuming tasks. While batch files can be very complicated, the functionality is simple enough to be useful even to the novice PC user with no knowledge of programming.
Windows 7 batch file scripts
Batch files or scripts are small, easy-to-write text files that contain lines of commands. They are simple enough so that even the standard home computer user can use them.
Systems administrators and power users often use batch files. However, an average PC user is generally unaware with them or is anxious by the notion of writing or executing a script. This means that many are foregoing the use of a powerful tool for performing daily or repetitive tasks, in absence of sufficient knowledge. Though, some batch files can be quite complicated when used for complex network and system administration, at the same time they can also be of the utmost simplicity used for everyday tasks.
What is a batch file?
These are plain text files containing some programming lines with commands that get executed in series, one by one. These files can have either .BAT or CMD extension. These are identified and run via an interface (sometimes called a shell) with the help of system file known as command interpreter. In Windows XP/ Windows Vista the command interpreter is the file cmd.exe. The huge variety of handy commands available in Windows XP/ Windows Vista makes batch files a powerful tool.
Crating a batch file is not a daunting task.Â You need to open any text editor like the basic Notepad, enter some lines containing commands, and save the file with an extension BAT or CMD. (The CMD extension can be used with newest Windows systems and is not recognized in Windows 9x/ME systems. In Windows XP and Windows Vista, there is a slight realistic difference between the two extensions.) Don’t use WordPad or Word until you are very careful to save all files in pure text format. The commands themselves are sometimes very simple and don't demand sound knowledge of programming. Running a batch file is nothing more than clicking on it. Batch files can also be executed in a command prompt or the Start-Run option.
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