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Assorted NT/2000/XP/.. CMD.EXE Script Tricks
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This page is edited from the 1cmdfaq.txt faq-file contained in my tscmd.zip command line interface (CLI) collection. That zipped file has much additional material, including a number of detached .cmd script files. It is recommended that you also get the zipped version as a companion.

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3} How can I customize the Command Prompt Window with script commands?

In fact the "cmd" method in the previous solution is the basis for an answer to a similar question "How can I customize the Command Prompt window with script commands?". The answer is that you first give all the commands you want, then conclude with "cmd". And naturally prepare a desktop icon to point to your script so that you can open the window you have customized. Below is one example.
  @echo off
  echo +----------------------------------------+
  echo ^| CMDBOX.CMD CLI box by Prof. Timo Salmi ^|
  echo ^| Last updated Sat 15-November-2003      ^|
  echo +----------------------------------------+
  :: Check about the Windows version
  if [%OS%]==[Windows_NT] goto _doit
  echo This script is for Windows NT/2000/XP/.. only.
  echo Or have you tampered with the predefined variables?
  goto _out
  :: Augment the Windows path (customize as appropriate) and show
  path c:\mytools;%path%
  :: Select the fastest keyboard repeat-rate,
  mode con: rate=32 delay=1
  :: Select the code page Multilingual Latin 1
  mode con: codepage select=850
  :: Choose (e.g.) blue background and bright white foreground
  color 1F
  :: Make a home folder and go there
  if not exist c:\_h mkdir c:\_h
  cd c:\_h
  echo cd c:\_h
  :: Tag that we are in the Command Prompt Windows so that,
  :: if need be, scripts can be made aware if they are being
  :: called in the window instead a direct call from an icon
  set cmdbox=true
  :: Finally, start "a new instance of the command interpreter"
  :: The exit in case something went wrong

The shortcut to a script like similar to the ideas above would display something like the following:

If you just want to skip all that output, redirect to nul. For example
  mode con: codepage select=850 >nul

To suppress the "Microsoft Windows" announcement, add switch /k to the command interpreter calling line:
  cmd /k