Windows 8 How To: 13. Show and Use cmd Prompt (DOS Mode)

The DOS mode is still available in Windows 8. There are a few options to show and use the command (cmd) prompt.

From the Desktop Mode

Move the mouse cursor to the exact lower left corner until the desktop shortcuts menu appears. Select either Command Prompt or Command Prompt (Admin). The latter runs as a local administrator.


From the Charms Bar

Move your mouse to the upper right corner until the Charms Bar pops out. Select Apps from the list and type “cmd” in the search box. Click on cmd from the search results.


From the Run Command Line

Follow the steps to show the “run” command line as described in my previous post. Type “cmd” to access the DOS environment.


From the Metro UI

If you have installed Visual Studio Express (beta), you will see a Developer Command Prompt in one tile group.


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