expand: Expands one or more compressed files.

... The examples for the command "expand"
... "expand" Excerpt from Microsoft Windows Help
... Important information, tips for the "expand" command

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The examples for the command "expand"

Examples of `EXPAND` command in Windows Command Prompt, here are some examples with comments: Example 1: Expand a compressed file:

EXPAND file.cab -F:* C:\Target directory

This command expands the contents of the compressed file "file.cab" into the "C:\DestinationDirectory" directory. Example 2: Expand all files in a directory:

EXPAND C:\Source directory\*.* C:\Destination directory

Here all files in the "C:\Source Directory" directory are expanded into the "C:\Destination Directory" directory. Example 3: Expand a specific file with a new name:

EXPAND -RC:\Source directory\file.txt C:\Destination directory\newname.txt

This command expands the file.txt file from the source directory and renames it to newname.txt in the process. Example 4: Expand all files with a specific extension:

EXPAND C:\Source directory\*.zip C:\Destination directory

Here all ZIP files in the "C:\Source Directory" directory are expanded into the "C:\Destination Directory" directory. Example 5: Checking which files would be expanded (without actually expanding):

EXPAND -DC:\Source directory\*.*

This command shows which files in the C:\SourceDir directory would be expanded without actually expanding them. These examples should give you an idea of ??how the `EXPAND` command can be used in the Windows Command Prompt. Please note that the exact syntax and functionality may vary depending on the version of Windows.

"expand" Excerpt from Microsoft Windows Help

Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.19045.3693]
(c) Copyright 1985-2023 Microsoft Corp.


Microsoft (R) File Expansion Utility  Version 5.1.2600.0
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corp 1990-1999.  All rights reserved.

Expands one or more compressed files.

EXPAND [-r] Source Destination
EXPAND -r Source [Destination]
EXPAND -D Source.cab [-F:Files]
EXPAND Source.cab -F:Files Destination

  -rRename expanded files.
  -DDisplay list of files in source.
  SourceSource file specification.  Wildcards may be used.
  -F:FilesName of files to expand from a .CAB.
  DestinationDestination file | path specification.
Destination may be a directory.
If Source is multiple files and -r is not specified,
Destination must be a directory.

Important information, tips for the "expand" command

When using the `EXPAND` command in the Windows Command Prompt, there are a few things you should pay attention to: 1. Paths and filenames with spaces: Make sure to enclose paths and filenames that contain spaces in double quotes. For example:

   EXPAND "C:\directory with spaces\file.cab" -F:* "C:\destination directory"
2. Correct syntax: Check the syntax of the command according to the version of Windows you are using. The syntax may vary between different versions of Windows. 3. Understand options and parameters: Understand the various options and parameters of the `EXPAND` command. For example, the `-F:*` option is used to extract all files. The `-R` flag is used to extract a file with a new name. 4. Rights and access rights: Make sure you have the necessary permissions to access the source directory and extract files. This is especially important if you run the command in a directory that has special access rights. 5. Storage space check: Make sure there is enough disk space on the destination directory to accommodate the extracted files. 6. Virus protection: In some cases, antivirus programs may interfere with file extraction. Make sure your security software is configured to allow the `EXPAND` command. 7. Backup: Before running the `EXPAND` command on important files, it is advisable to create a backup. This way you can restore your data in the event of unexpected problems. 8. Version specific differences: Note that there may be differences in the functionality and supported options of the `EXPAND` command between different versions of Windows. So check the documentation for your specific version of Windows. By paying careful attention to these points, you can ensure that the `EXPAND` command runs successfully and without any unexpected problems.

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