Working with the Command-Line Interface

Get to grips with the complexities of the command-line interface in this course that covers working with drives, files and folders, advanced Windows and Linux commands and more.


  • Understanding the CLI Video — 00:11:02
    • While command-line interfaces differ between systems, they all share certain features and functions.

  • Navigating the CLI Video — 00:13:40
    • Navigating around your mass storage is one of the most critical CLI functions.

  • Working with Folders Video — 00:06:39
    • The data stored in our mass storage devices is organized into a large tree of folders, and a good tech must understand how to create, delete and move folders.

  • Working with Files Video — 00:11:06
    • A good tech must understand how to create, delete and move files.

  • Working with Drives Video — 00:13:02
    • Every CLI provides a complete set of tools to administer our mass storage drives, including tools to format and partition drives, scan for errors and correct them and more.

  • Super Copy Commands Video — 00:08:32
    • Basic copy command tools lack special features such as copying entire folder structures, which is where special “Super” copy commands come in.

  • Advanced Windows Command Line Video — 00:07:51
    • A good tech should understand commands for manipulating processes and group policies.

  • Advanced Linux Commands Video — 00:13:17
    • The CompTIA exam covers a few more advanced Linux commands.

  • Command-Line Permissions Video — 00:07:34
    • All Linux/UNIX operating systems share a unique file/folder permission system very different from Windows’, which requires careful understanding.

  • Introduction to Scripting Video — 00:09:45
    • Scripting is the process of combining a list of commands into text files in order to easily re-run the whole sequence of commands again later.

  • Interpreted Languages Video — 00:12:25
    • A good tech recognizes the different interpreted languages that operating systems support.


Course description

The command-line interface is one of your best tools for getting to work right at the heart of a system. In this extensive course on working with the command-line interface, you’ll look at understanding and navigating the CLI, working with files and folders, super copy commands, advanced Windows and Linux commands, an introduction to scripting and more.

Meet the author

Mike Meyers, affectionately called the “Alpha Geek,” is the industry’s leading authority on CompTIA certifications. He is the president and co-founder of Total Seminars, LLC, a provider of PC and network repair seminars, books, videos and courseware for thousands of organizations throughout the world. Mike has been involved in the computer and network repair industry since 1987 as a technician, instructor, author, consultant and speaker. He has sold over a million IT and certification books, including the best-selling CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide and CompTIA Network+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide. He has personally taught thousands of students, including U.S. senators, U.S. Supreme Court Justices, members of the United Nation, every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, many branches of the Department of Justice, hundreds of corporate clients and academic students at every level.

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