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Thread: Command prompt "COPY" command not working in brand new Windows Vis

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    CMD COPY command not working in Vista Guest

    Command prompt "COPY" command not working in brand new Windows Vis

    I am trying to create an automatic Backup batch file using "COPY" command in
    CMD prompt in brand new laptop running Vista; but the operation not working.
    Any help please?

    Pete

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    SG Guest

    Re: Command prompt "COPY" command not working in brand new Windows Vis

    Hi Pete,

    Post the contents of your batch file, not the file it's self.

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    Bob Guest

    Re: Command prompt "COPY" command not working in brand new Windows Vis

    Replace COPY with XCOPY.

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    CMD COPY command not working in Vista Guest

    Re: Command prompt "COPY" command not working in brand new Windows

    Hi SG,
    Thanks for your reply!
    The contents of my batch file is:

    PATH C:\; C:\Windows; C:\Windows\System32
    COPY C:\Program Files\BioClinic\*.*

    Just two simple lines and this batch file was working fine in the old laptop
    computer that was running Windows XP. I copied the same batch file to the
    brand new DELL latop that came with Windows Vista and NOT working.
    Thanks, Pete

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    Bob Guest

    Re: Command prompt "COPY" command not working in brand new Windows

    There is no destination given in your file and there's no need for the PATH
    command.

    Try this:
    COPY (or XCOPY) <source> <destination>
    Use the "/y" switch to avoid the overwrite prompt.

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    CMD COPY command not working in Vista Guest

    Re: Command prompt "COPY" command not working in brand new Windows

    Bob,
    Thanks for pointing out my omission!
    Actually it is : "COPY C:\Program Files\BioClinic\*.* F:\" ,where the "F:"
    being my USB memory stick.

    I thought may be the Vista came with no "COPY" command available and was
    looking for Vista CD but it was not in the box.

    But you have a good suggestion to try with XCOPY and I will do that when I
    get to the laptop next time because it's not with me now.
    Thanks much, Pete

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    Ronnie Vernon MVP Guest

    Re: Command prompt "COPY" command not working in brand new Windows

    Pete

    Check out 'Robocopy'. Much more powerful and with many more options.

    Robocopy /?

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    Bob Guest

    Re: Command prompt "COPY" command not working in brand new Windows

    You're welcome Pete.

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