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How to use the set command as a substitute for the choice command in W2K an XP

The choice command from Win95 can't be used in WinXP or W2K you need to use the SET CHOICE = and the IF'%CHOICE%'== command here is the same example for Win95 example with the CHOICE and ERRORLEVEL commands.

Example One: (Win95)

In the below example a user would be prompted to enter an option of y,n, or Q to print you have selected YES , NO, or QUIT.

CHOICE /N /C:ynQ Select (y,n or Q)? %1

To add more choices increase the errorlevel number and append to the ynQ on the choice command

Example 2: (WinXP and W2K)

In the below example a user would be prompted to enter an option of y,n, or Q to print you have selected YES , NO, or QUIT.

@echo off
set choice=
set /p choice=Type (y,n or Q)?
if not '%choice%'=='' set choice=%choice:~0,1%
if '%choice%'=='y' goto yes
if '%choice%'=='n' goto no
if '%choice%'=='Q' goto quit
echo "%choice%" is not valid please try again
goto start
echo you have selected YES
goto end
echo you have selected NO
goto end
echo you have selected QUIT
goto end

To add more options simply add another if '%choice%'== goto line and give it a name and add the colon to the front of the name.

Hope this helps took me a whole night to work it out for Windows XP I like the way it works its much easier to understand when you don't have to use the ERRORLEVEL.

N.B> I have used 3 options Y,N or Q you don't have to and the choice I have kept simple you can copy this code and add your own replace the (you have selected YES) with whatever you require to happen if the user presses Y.

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