Little DOS 6 Book

Little DOS 6 Book

by Kay Yarborough Nelson, Kay Y. Nelson


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Covers DOS 5 & 6 - Two Books In One!

Some DOS books are fat and boring. They overwhelm you with too much information. Other DOS books are funny, but it's hard to find accurate information between the jokes. This book gives you exactly what you need. No more, no less.

  • First, it provides a friendly guided tour of DOS and an explanation of the key concepts you need to know. This part is clear and concise, yet informal and understandable.
  • Second, it provides a small reference manual. Use this section as a substitute for your DOS manual when you want to look up a specific command.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781566090568
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Publication date: 03/01/1993
Edition description: 2ND
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.95(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: DOS: The Basic Rules ..... 1
Chapter 2: A Guided Tour ..... 9
Chapter 3: Entering Commands ..... 25
Chapter 4: Files ..... 31
Chapter 5: Directories and Subdirectories ..... 47
Chapter 6: Disks ..... 63
Chapter 7: Programs ..... 73
Chapter 8: Backups ..... 85
Chapter 9:Printing ..... 99
Chapter 10: AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS ..... 103
Chapter 11: DOS Commands ..... 119
Appendix: Installing DOS 6 ..... 205
Index: ..... 213


DOS -- your computer's disk operating system -- has some pretty impressive capabilities, but most of us don't need to know everything there is to know about them. All we do is day-to-day chores such as formatting disks, copying files and disks, deleting and renaming files, and things like that. And that's what this book concentrates on: helping you do those daily jobs and giving you some tips you can use to speed them up or straighten them out. You can also grab this book when you get stuck and don't know what to do next; it won't take up much room on your desk.

If you've never used a computer before, you'll find an introduction to some of its mysteries in Chapter 1 (like where the power switch is and which disk drive is which). You can skip that chapter if you know all that already. Chapter 2 will give you a guided tour of DOS's graphic interface, called the Shell, so that you can get idea of how to use it and what it can do. Then the book will discuss, in short chapters, the kinds of skills and topics you need to know more about so that you can actually do productive work with your computer without having to read some fat book that was really written for programmers.

This book assumes that you'll want to use the Shell for the things that are easiest to do with the Shell. For example, you can rename directories with the Shell; you can't do that at the command line! You can also start a program by double-clicking on it. And you can type the first few characters of a file's name to immediately go to it. Some things you can't do in the Shell, though, and you have to use the command line (or the Run command). You can look upall the DOS commands, complete with everyday examples of how you'd use them, in the back of the book.

Why DOS 6?
There are lots of reasons to switch to DOS 6. First, DOS 6 will make it much easier to manage your memory. If you're running Microsoft Windows, you'll appreciate the new MEMMAKER command that optimizes memory. Windows is a memory hog and wants as much as it can get for itself (and its programs). If you're not running Windows, DOS 6 will give you a lot of the same features that Windows does, even if your computer is an old XT clone. You can run several programs at once and switch between them by using the Shell's graphical interface. You just won't be able to cut and paste between programs like you can in Windows.

Second, DOS 6 comes with a built-in disk compression program that can really free up room your disks. The results can be quite dramatic. I went from 3 Mb of free space to 85 Mb of free space on a 200-Mb hard disk! And the Double-Space utility is really easy to use.

Third, there are all sorts of neat new utilities -- including one that finally turns Num Lock off! If you've ever been bothered by having the Num Lock key on, you'll appreciate this one. There's also a built-in anti-virus programs as well as a sophisticated MSBACKUP utility that thankfully replaces the old BACKUP and RESTORE commands (who used them, anyway?) UNDELETE is more reliable and easier to use, too. And these utilities come in both DOS and Windows versions.

The installation program for DOS 6 has been simplified. New commands have been added, such as MOVE, which finally lets you move files and directories, and DELTREE, which lets you instantly delete directories and subdirectories full of files. New POWER and INTERLNK commands simplify using notebook computers, MSD analyzes your system without your having to take your computer apart, and Help has been vastly improved to actually show you examples of how to use commands. These are just a few of the most spectacular features; there are more that operate behind the scenes to make working with DOS easier and let advanced users create startups screens, troubleshoot DOS on startup, optimize disks, and more.

Try it; you'll like it.

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