Microsoft Windows XP allows you to enter commands, run batch programs, and run applications by typing commands at the command prompt. If you're accustomed to performing administrative tasks at the command line, you don't need to change your ways in Windows XP. You can open multiple Command Prompt sessions, each session protected from any failures that might occur in other sessions.
To get to the command prompt, do any of the following:
Choose Start, All Programs, Accessories, Command Prompt.
Choose Start, Run, and type cmd, with or without command-line ...