Clay Calvert posted this interesting solution to obtain Y/N user input in most DOS versions:
Here's an old trick that works in most MS operating systems. A writeable %temp% directory is required. @echo off type nul>%temp%\~YesOrNo.tmp echo Would you like to do this now [y/n]? del /p %temp%\~YesOrNo.tmp>nul if not exist %temp%\~YesOrNo.tmp goto Yes Echo Selected "No" del %temp%\~YesOrNo.tmp goto end :Yes Echo Selected "Yes" :end Clay Calvert
The trick is DEL's /P switch (prompt for confirmation) that was
introduced in either MS-DOS 5 or 6, I'm not quite sure which one.
If this batch file is to be used in Windows 2000 or XP, make sure you enclose the temporary file name in double quotes if it contains any spaces (which it does by default).
More info on user input on my User Input page.
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