Wow!! I'm pretty new to the IT field so I was curious about the abilities of the Command Prompt and had no idea someone made a whole Star Wars movie among others!! So Cool! This article was very helpful for me and I thank you for taking the time to explain such a neat part of computers that no one even knows about and can be really helpful. Thanks Again!! Mind Blown!
You don't even need to use that in the command prompt to launch the network connections window.
ncpa.cpl was my go to way of getting remote customers that were offline into the network connections window instead of trying to have them slowly navigate with a handful of mouse clicks and hoping they follow commands. Have them click on the start button or click in the "search bar" by the start button and type in "ncpa.cpl".
Once that network connections window was open it was an easy right click, choose properties and find IPv4 to get them into configuring the necessary static IPs to get the computer back on the network and online.
This was a fun article to go through. I remember a lot of these commands from the good old DOS days, but I have rarely needed use of any of these for many years and forget they even exist.
Windows has sort of made us "lazy" in a way. I started with dos 3.x and by the time windows 95 came along I could write my own autoexec.bat & config.sys files from memory (back in the day some dos games required tweaking the himem.sys & sound blaster settings to get that magic 604K memory to run properly. Tweaking win.ini, modem AT& commands and on and on.
Now, about the only time I go to a dos prompt, is when for whatever reason a website won't load so I'll type in the ipconfig/flushdns command to see if that fixes it LOL