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Windows 8 Consumer Preview, CMD, and Take Command

I downloaded and have been experimenting with the Windows 8 consumer preview for the last couple of days, and I’m glad (relieved?) to say I haven’t found any problems with Windows 8 and Take Command v13.

I spent some time digging into CMD.EXE, and I compiled a list of all of the new features in CMD for Windows 8. I then implemented all of them in Take Command 13.03.50. The implementation process was brutal — it took me nearly two minutes (not including the compile time). On the one hand, that’s a bit disappointing — but then if Microsoft really took an interest in the command line they might put JP Software out of business! 🙂

First, the Windows 8 console. Ahhhh — never mind, the console appears to be identical to that in Windows 7.

OK, on to CMD. The new features in Windows 8 CMD include:

ATTRIB – added the X and V attributes. Unless you’re running Windows 8 Server and ReFS, that’s already more than you need to know. (If you are running Windows 8 Server & ReFS, let me know how it works!)

And … ummm … well, that’s it. Except that for TCC, I also added the X and V attribute support to the /A: attribute selection option (which is not supported in CMD).

If you’re running Windows 8 and you find any compatibility issues with Take Command, let me know.