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Need a shell?

Sometimes, you just need a shell. Especially if you are debugging something on a machine that is locked down and won't let you use the local cmd.exe... doubly so if you have to re-login or reboot to escalate your privileges, in which case the problem you are trying to identify will go away.

What to do? Either have another shell on a disk with you, or download one here. As an added bonus, since these two are replacement shells, they don't play along with Group Policy rules that prevent the native cmd.exe from running. So sad.

Since it is not ethical to distribute the original command.com and cmd.exe, here is a Free replacement for each. (Note: the command.com replacement does not run well outside of FreeDOS, it seems to bog down WinXP. Its just here in case I find a need for it.)

This is the cmd.exe from ReactOS. It is unmolested, other than being run through UPX in order to save some bandwidth:

ReactOS Command Line Interpreter
Version 0.2.7-RELEASE 20050820-r17449

Copyright (C) 1994-1998 Tim Norman and others.
Copyright (c) 1998-2005 ReactOS Team

ReactOS Command Line Interpreter
 comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY; for details
type: `ver /w'. This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute
it under certain conditions; type `ver /r' for details. Type `ver /c' for a
listing of credits.

Send bug reports to .
Updates are available at: http://www.reactos.com
cmd.exe from ReactOS
cmd.exe from ReactOS (zipped)

ReactOS is Free Software, the source is available rom reactos.org. The version here is unmodified (other than being compressed via upx to save bandwidth).

This is the command.com from FreeDos (FreeCom):

FreeCom version 0.82 pl ak XMS_Swap [Aug 18 2004 23:00:58]
command.com from FreeDOS
command.com from FreeDOS (zipped)
command.com from FreeDOS (renamed to jpeg)

FreeDOS is Free Software, the source is available from freedos.org. The version listed here has not been modified from the original.