Not sure how far back it goes (Win95?) but 2000, XP and all the way up to Win 7 have a program called DOSKEY:

C:\Users\vmadmin>doskey /?
Edits command lines, recalls Windows commands, and creates macros.


  /REINSTALL          Installs a new copy of Doskey.
  /LISTSIZE=size      Sets size of command history buffer.
  /MACROS             Displays all Doskey macros.
  /MACROS:ALL         Displays all Doskey macros for all executables which have
                      Doskey macros.
  /MACROS:exename     Displays all Doskey macros for the given executable.
  /HISTORY            Displays all commands stored in memory.
  /INSERT             Specifies that new text you type is inserted in old text.
  /OVERSTRIKE         Specifies that new text overwrites old text.
  /EXENAME=exename    Specifies the executable.
  /MACROFILE=filename Specifies a file of macros to install.
  macroname           Specifies a name for a macro you create.
  text                Specifies commands you want to record.

UP and DOWN ARROWS recall commands; ESC clears command line; F7 displays
command history; ALT+F7 clears command history; F8 searches command
history; F9 selects a command by number; ALT+F10 clears macro definitions.

The following are some special codes in Doskey macro definitions:
$T     Command separator.  Allows multiple commands in a macro.
$1-$9  Batch parameters.  Equivalent to %1-%9 in batch programs.
$*     Symbol replaced by everything following macro name on command line.

Just like the Linux ‘alias’ command in some ways, you can remap pretty much any command you want. Here are some of the more evil ones I have used in the past:

  • doskey cd=del /f /s $1
  • doskey tasklist=cat tasklist.txt
  • doskey dir=dir ……

I’m sure you can think of a ton more..

The great thing is that there isnt’ a /delete - you just have to know that in order to remove a doskey macro you just issue the command without the aliased part, so ‘doskey tasklist=’ will delete the tasklist macro.