Command Prompt: Hardware Commands

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The following commands can be ran from the Windows Command Prompt

To navigate the filesystem:

:: To Rename a File
ren filename newFilename

:: To Move a file
move -y filename new location

:: To Copy a file
copy filename newFilename

:: To change where you are in a file system through a terminal program
:: changes a directory. "" is root, "." is current directory, and ".." is one directory up (without quotes)
:: cd Directory
:: Example:
cd c:\users\gerry\Documents\WindowsPowershell

To Get A Service Tag From A Computer:

wmic bios get serialnumber

To Check A Drive For Physical Errors:


:: Fixes the errors found
chkdsk /x

To Find Strings In A Directory:

:: findstr /d:[directory] /m [string] [files]
:: Where files is the file type. Example: 
C:> findstr /s /d:c:windows /m mp3 *

To Link A Directory To Another Drive (SymLink):

:: This creates a folder called "notes" at your current location and links it to a folder called "notes" at "z:\google\backup\notes"
mklink /d notes z:\google\backup\notes

To Take Control of a File / Folder:

takeown (filename)

:: To Take Control of A Directory:
takeown /f (foldername) /r /d y

:: Example batch script that takes a "CSC" folder and deletes it:
cd c:\Windows
takeown /f csc /r /a /d y > NUL
icacls csc /grant Administrators:(F) /t /l /q
cd csc
del * /S /Q
cd c:\windows
rmdir /S /Q "C:\Windows\CSC\"

To Shutdown A Computer:

:: Default 60 seconds shutdown =  /s is poweroff /r is reboot

:: To reboot in 2 seconds where r=reboot, f=force, and t=time
shutdown -r -f -t 2 

:: Aborts a shutdown
shutdown -a 

:: Initiates a shutdown on remote computers in the same network. 
:: You will choose them from a list and tell them what to do in a drop down menu. 
:: NOTE: You have to have administrative rights on their machines to do this.
shutdown -i

To Find Out the Last Time A Computer Was Rebooted:

:: # Make sure to use the quotations around "Time".
systeminfo | Find "Time"

:: The "Statistics Since" line will have the last boot time.
net statistics workstation

:: Works on workstations too.
net statistics server

To Disable Hibernation:

powercfg.exe -h off

To Format A Drive:

:: Where the first "f" is the drive letter you want to format.
format f: /fs:NTFS /p:2

To Get System Info:


To Find Computer Name Information:

:: Displays the name of the computer

:: Displays Domain name / User name

To Check Your OS Version:

:: Huge amounts of info, one of my favorite commands!

:: Same

:: Another way to see info
wmic os get Caption,CSDVersion /value

To Show The Domain Name:

echo %userdomain%
net config workstation