Saturday, May 07, 2005

Windows - change prompt and reboot your PC

I subscribe to a Windows oriented newsletter , just to see whats up in the Windows world. The following section talks about customising the command prompt in Windows. It may well bring a wry smirk amongst you more seasoned Linux users.

In the bash command prompt all you need to type is

or something more complicated.

Plus you dont need to restart your machine to see the changes.

Customising the Command Prompt

The Windows Command Prompt usually just consists of: C:\>
However, there are lots of special codes that you can use to customise
the prompt in Windows Me/2000/XP by following these steps:

1. Click Start > Run.
2. Type: regedit and press [Enter].
3. Go to the key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control
4. In the right pane, edit the value Prompt (or if it isn't there, add a
new value of the type String and call it Prompt). The default value
is $P$G, which produces the C:\> Any of the following can be used in

$T - Current time
$V - Windows XP version number
%COMPUTERNAME% - Local computer name
$H - Backspace (erases previous character)
$L - < (less-than sign)
$N - Current drive
$P - Current drive and path
$Q - = (equal sign)
$S - (space)
$_ - Carriage return and linefeed
$A - & (Ampersand)
$B - | (pipe)
$C - ( (Left parenthesis)
$D - Current date
$E - Escape code (ASCII code 27)
$F - ) (Right parenthesis)
$G - > (greater-than sign)
$$ - $ (dollar sign)

5. Restart Windows to see the change.