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xcopy vs copy

What is the difference between the xcopy and copy utilities built-in to Windows? xcopy.exe is an external command. Copy is a built-into the command interpreter and also TCC (Take Command Command line). Normally you use xcopy for copying entire directories or directory trees. copy is for copying some files in a single directory, though tcc copy can also copy trees.

Copy can be used to concatenate, xcopy cannot.

Put a trailing \ on directory names so the utility does not have to guess if it is directory or file.

Take Command Copy

In TCC, copy has almost 30 command line switches. The ones I find most useful are:

Microsoft copy does not support any of those switches.

Robocopy: a replacement for xcopy
Take command Copy
xcopy

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