For many, the above is the first and last look into the mysterious "MS-DOS Prompt." For those who are more persistent, the words "Bad command or file name" become like the maddening buzz of a hated fly. But in both cases, MS-DOS remains a mystery, the unraveling of which seems pointless.

However, this old-fashioned box of words holds power beyond imagination, once its meaning is unravelled. Let us travel back to the days when MS-DOS came into being, far before the days when computers were new and ideas were good...


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