Working from the console on WinXP

I recently purchased a budget business PC with Windows XP installed for the main purpose of hobbying, specifically learning how to take a more technical approach using Windows from the console.

Would anyone be able to highlight any books/media that offer good insight into the command-driven environment on Windows? My goal is to memorize some useful commands and to be able to observe the status of hardware and removable devices through command line, and hopefully decipher a bit of the jargon.

Regarding my IT background I've used Windows for many years and have recently delved into Ubuntu and Fedora. I am aware of the -help parameter in the Windows cmd, but I'm hoping to attain a well rounded knowledge of the cmd applet.

Thanks for reading.


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I might suggest you move to PowerShell over just plain vanilla command prompt :)

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