How to Access Another Computer in MS DOS

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The Microsoft Windows command line is the old MS-DOS prompt that is familiar to many older computer users. Drives were mapped to remote computers using MS-DOS commands before Windows had its wizard to map a network drive. This process is still used today. It allows you to access the files and programs located on the another computer.

  • Click the Windows "Start" button and enter "cmd" into the text box. Press "Enter" to open your MS-DOS prompt in Windows.

  • Enter the following command into the MS-DOS prompt:

    net use x: \computer\drive$ /user:administrator

    The "x" letter is the drive letter shown in your list of drives. This can be any letter. Replace "computer" with the name of the network computer. The "drive$" text points to the remote computer's drive. For most users, the "C$" drive is used to connect to the main system drive. Finally, the "administrator" is the user name with access to the drive.

  • Press "Enter". Enter a password if you are prompted. You are prompted for a password when you attempt to connect to the remote drive using a different user name than your current login.

  • Close the MS-DOS window and click the Windows "Start" button. Click "Computer." Notice your new network drive letter in the window. Double-click it to view a list of files, folders and programs on the remote computer.

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