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Microsoft DOS 6.0 By Caroline Ferguson For the average DOS/Windows user, Microsoft DOS 6.0 will not appear to be very different from its predecessors. The familiar command line is still there, as are most of the commands found in earlier versions. Nevertheless, DOS 6.0 offers an interesting mix of new and improved commands, much needed utilities, and new features that allow you to customize the DOS environment. The new commands continue the trend, begun with DOS 5.0, of making DOS easier to use, and the utilities offer users of both DOS and Windows features that have been available in separate applications for years. Although the DOS 6.0 package has a few problems you should be aware of, on balance it provides improved functionality for both DOS and Windows users. An upgrade, DOS 6.2, expected before the end of the year, should remedy most of the problems in the current version. New commands The new commands, though small in number, are useful and long overdue. They can be grouped into four general areas: improved help/troubleshooting functions, disk related commands, memory-related commands, and commands for users of portable computers. Two useful commands have been implemented to help you through the complexities of Microsoft DOS 6.0 and your computer's configuration. MSD (Microsoft Diagnostics), helpful for troubleshooting, allows you to examine, and record important information about your system, such as amount of memory and device drivers. The HELP command now has mouse support which makes it easier to use. Typing HELP invokes a "table of contents" listing which allows you to browse the help information for all DOS commands using the mouse. The disk-related commands allow you to manage your hard disk and the files on it. The command that has gotten the most press, both good and bad, is DOUBLESPACE. DOUBLESPACE compresses data on both hard drives and floppy disks in order to store more information. Depending on what type of files are
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  • Fall '97
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  • Floppy disk, MS-DOS, DOS on IBM PC compatibles, New commands

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