A bit on batch files


No Prequisites

Making a batch file using CMD

On batch files::

Batch files are highly versatile compilations of commands that can be made very advance and converted to executables or run multiple batch files in one instance depending on how much time you spend creating them.
To start writing batch files it is always important to start with the default commands which can be viewed using the console box. To launch the console window press the "windows" key then "r" and "enter" or if you have vista simply type into the search bar and press enter. This will open the run command inside this window type:"CMD" and hit "enter". Thus opens the console window to find out what command are available to you by default type help which should give you the following list:
ASSOC Displays or modifies file extension associations.
ATTRIB Displays or changes file attributes.
BREAK Sets or clears extended CTRL+C checking.
BOOTCFG Sets properties in boot.ini file to control boot loading.
CACLS Displays or modifies access control lists (ACLs) of files.
CALL Calls one batch program from another.
CD Displays the name of or changes the current directory.
CHCP Displays or sets the active code page number.
CHDIR Displays the name of or changes the current directory.
CHKDSK Checks a disk and displays a status report.
CHKNTFS Displays or modifies the checking of disk at boot time.
CLS Clears the screen.
CMD Starts a new instance of the Windows command interpreter.
COLOR Sets the default console foreground and background colors.
COMP Compares the contents of two files or sets of files.
COMPACT Displays or alters the compression of files on NTFS partitions.
CONVERT Converts FAT volumes to NTFS. You cannot convert the
current drive.
COPY Copies one or more files to another location.
DATE Displays or sets the date.
DEL Deletes one or more files.
DIR Displays a list of files and subdirectories in a directory.
DISKCOMP Compares the contents of two floppy disks.
DISKCOPY Copies the contents of one floppy disk to another.
DISKPART Displays or configures Disk Partition properties.
DOSKEY Edits command lines, recalls Windows commands, and
creates macros.
DRIVERQUERY Displays current device driver status and properties.
ECHO Displays messages, or turns command echoing on or off.
ENDLOCAL Ends localization of environment changes in a batch file.
ERASE Deletes one or more files.
EVENTQUERY Displays event log entries for specified criteria.
EXIT Quits the CMD.EXE program (command interpreter).
FC Compares two files or sets of files, and displays the
differences between them.
FIND Searches for a text string in a file or files.
FINDSTR Searches for strings in files.
FOR Runs a specified command for each file in a set of files.
FORMAT Formats a disk for use with Windows.
FSUTIL Displays or configures the file system properties.
FTYPE Displays or modifies file types used in file extension
GOTO Directs the Windows command interpreter to a labeled line in
a batch program.
GPRESULT Displays Group Policy information for machine or user.
GRAFTABL Enables Windows to display an extended character set in
graphics mode.
HELP Provides Help information for Windows commands.
IF Performs conditional processing in batch programs.
LABEL Creates, changes, or deletes the volume label of a disk.
MD Creates a directory.
MKDIR Creates a directory.
MODE Configures a system device.
MORE Displays output one screen at a time.
MOVE Moves one or more files from one directory to another
OPENFILES Displays files opened by remote users for a file share.
PAGEFILECONFIG Displays or configures Pagefile properties.
PATH Displays or sets a search path for executable files.
PAUSE Suspends processing of a batch file and displays a message.
POPD Restores the previous value of the current directory saved by
PRINT Prints a text file.
PROMPT Changes the Windows command prompt.
PUSHD Saves the current directory then changes it.
RD Removes a directory.
RECOVER Recovers readable information from a bad or defective disk.
REM Records comments (remarks) in batch files or CONFIG.SYS.
REN Renames a file or files.
RENAME Renames a file or files.
REPLACE Replaces files.
RMDIR Removes a directory.
SET Displays, sets, or removes Windows environment variables.
SETLOCAL Begins localization of environment changes in a batch file.
SC Displays or configures services (background processes).
SCHTASKS Schedules commands and programs to run on a computer.
SHIFT Shifts the position of replaceable parameters in batch files.
SHUTDOWN Allows proper local or remote shutdown of machine.
SORT Sorts input.
START Starts a separate window to run a specified program or command.
SUBST Associates a path with a drive letter.
SYSTEMINFO Displays machine specific properties and configuration.
TASKLIST Displays all currently running tasks including services.
TASKKILL Kill or stop a running process or application.
TIME Displays or sets the system time.
TITLE Sets the window title for a CMD.EXE session.
TREE Graphically displays the directory structure of a drive or
TYPE Displays the contents of a text file.
VER Displays the Windows version.
VERIFY Tells Windows whether to verify that your files are written
correctly to a disk.
VOL Displays a disk volume label and serial number.
XCOPY Copies files and directory trees.
WMIC Displays WMI information inside interactive command shell.
If you wish to learn additional functions of the command's syntax type in the command and add the /? or help which will give you proper info of what the command does as well has how to use it properly.

How Do I Do This?

Well first let us determine what we want the batch file to do. OK you have a problem with an application the moment you launch it, it clashes with the windows automatic updates service. Though you want windows to use auto updates you do not want go through the long process to disable the service each time so having a one double-click solution would be a way better choice. So we need to create a batch file that disables this service.
Here's what to do:
OK open the command window and type "edit" and press enter.
To disable the service we will first need the service name many ways to get it including Google and just plain guessing the service name is wuauserv. Now we need the command to stop the service in which you naturally browse them one by one if you are not familiar with them yet and read their descriptions and uses:
The syntax of this command is:


so now by having this we can open the editor by typing edit and pressing enter. this will throw out a blue window which is sort of a very early text editor. In this text editor we place the commands in order of execution.
Net stop wuauserv
Then you go file save which will prompt you one where type in c:\stop.bat and hit OK to save.

Please note::
Some restrictions will prevent you from accessing edit or 64 bit OS's do not support edit so you can use notepad instead when saving the file in notepad go file > save as in "Save as type" set it to "All files" then type in the name stop.bat and save.