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Renaming files in DOS

Operating systems : MS-DOS 6.0+ [ 1 ]

Renaming files in DOS by REN command

REN FILE1.TXT FILE2.TXT

- Renames FILE1.TXT into FILE2.TXT

REN FILE1.TXT FILE2.HTM

- Renames FILE1.TXT into FILE2.HTM

REN *.TXT *.HTM

- Renames all files with .txt extension into files with .htm extension. Only extensions are changed, the file names proper are left as they were.

Since REN is the shorter form of RENAME command, RENAME may be used instead - as more self-explaining may be.

Renaming files in DOS by MOVE command

MOVE FILE1.TXT FILE2.TXT

- Renames FILE1.TXT into FILE2.TXT

MOVE FILE1.TXT FILE2.HTM

- Renames FILE1.TXT into FILE2.HTM

Both methods of file renaming work in Windows command prompt as well. But there is a certain distinction: MS-DOS, other typical / older DOS'es, command prompt of Windows prior to Windows 95 and Windows NT 3.51 use a short filename / 8.3 filename convention. So, for example, REN FILE1.HTM FILE1.HTML is not going to work, there will be "Duplicate file name or file name not found" message. And that is not the case with newer DOS'es or command prompt of newer Windows. It can be not the case in older DOS'es also - if relevant drivers are installed.


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MS-DOS 6.0+ tested - but it also may happen to work well under other versions of MS-DOS or other DOS'es.


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