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Im trying to make a program that will run a set of Dos commands.. both internal comands and external dos commands (exanple internal dir,copy,rename.. external notepad.exe, calculator.exe...ect.) Im having problems with figuring out which command to use..

The variables will change depending on what you check. Like "DIR /S /P". So the command would be something like ("DIR" $var1 $ver2) or something like that.. It will also need it to export and import setting too.


* Dir [x] /s [ ] /p [ ] /w [ ] /L *

* notepad [ ] test1.txt [x] test2.txt *


so dir would run in shell window "dir /s" then notepad will open a file called test2.txt

so if "/s" is checked and "/p" is checked the $var_dir = /s /p

so $var_dir=var1+var2

ShellExecuteWait, Run, RunWait, RunAs, RunAsWait

if someone can tell me wich one I should run for it.

And where can I get info on how to import/export data of setting for what is checked for later recovery of settings.. if someone can point me in the right drection.

I tried


Run(@WindowsDir & "\notepad.exe $var1" , "", @SW_MAXIMIZE)

That didnt work, it opened notepad and tried makeing a file called $var1 not the data of var1.. I'm new to AutoIT but have a lot of experince with DOS batch files. I'm trying to make some of them with GUI's.

Thanks for any help



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90-100% of what you're planning to do in "DOS" can be done in AutoIt more than likely. Dir can be replaced with any number of the recursive _FileListToArray functions floating around the forums, the notepad usage can be replaced with something else depending upon what you're planning on doing with the contents of the text files.

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One thing Im trying to do is run a virus scans from it.. and run mult programs from it.. several I know will not be built inside of autoIT and will have to be external run files. example defrag, diskcleanup, ccleaner, reg fixer's... ect.

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AutoIt has a "Run" function that lets you start whatever program you need to run.

But I would use builtin functions or UDFs whenever possible. Handling output and errors is much easier this way.

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