The Dobson Utilities

The popular MS-DOS/Win9x freeware utility suite

 Dobson Utilities Introduction

The Dobson Utilities is a collection of command-line tools that can be used in an MS-DOS or Windows 9x DOS box environment. With a slew of commands designed to bencmark, backup important system files, change the colors of the command prompt, provide important system information, and many more help tools, the Dobson Utilities is a must-have for your software utility suite! For a full command-line tool listing, see below.

The Dobson Utilities started out as a small project in 1994, beginning as a simple yet powerful DOS based command line utility collection and has grown into an extensive set of tools that work in DOS as well as Windows 9x. Originally distributed through America Online, the Dobson Utilities could also be found through various freeware collections around the internet. Since the beginning of March '08, the Dobson Utilities has officially moved to a dedicated server without advertisements or pop-ups.

 Dobson Utilities News

April 3, 2019 - Work on a new version of the Dobson Utilities is under way! Check out the downloads section for a new alpha version of WinReveal.

August 5, 2018 - The Dobson Utilities website has undergone some minor changes to it's format.

April 24, 2017 - Dobson Utilities version 5.38 has been released and is now available for download.

April 14, 2017 - Dobson Utilities version 5.37 has been released and is now available for download.

August 21, 2015 - Dobson Utilities version 5.36 has been released and is now available for download.

December 27, 2014 - Dobson Utilities version 5.34 has been released with new features and bug fixes.

December 23, 2012 - Dobson Utilities version 5.31 has been released with new bug fixes.

April 15, 2012 - Dobson Utilities version 5.3 has been released with 23 updates.

February 18, 2012 - A new version of the Dobson Utilities has been released! Checkout the download page for more details.

April 19, 2008 - The Dobson Utilities is now compatible with the Windows NT family of Operating Systems.

April 7, 2008 - The Dobson Utilities has finally found a new home away from AOL and without advertisements. Watch this space for more info about future updates.

 Utilities Included

  • BENCHMRK.COM - Runs a 16-bit CPU benchmark on your computer.
  • COLORS.COM - Changes the colors of the DOS command prompt.
  • DCONFIG.COM - Program used to change configuration options for the Dobson Utilities.
  • DHELP.COM - Provides detailed or quick help of all DU programs. Also provides a list of new & fixed features.
  • DMEM.COM - Displays the memory installed in your system as reported by the BIOS.
  • DOBSON.COM - Provides a "shell" interface/program for the Dobson Utilities.
  • DRIVE.COM - Changes the drive and displays the contents of the directory.
  • DUDATE.COM - Displays or changes the date and/or time (as reported by the BIOS).
  • DUCPUID.COM - Displays information about your CPU type and speed.
  • MDEL.COM - Deletes multiple files in one command.
  • QFORMAT.COM - Quickly formats diskettes for use with DOS.
  • READ.COM - An ASCII text file viewing program. Default file shown is the DU READ.ME file.
  • READ.ME - The Dobson Utilities manual/main help file.
  • REBOOTER.COM - Restarts the system from a DOS prompt.
  • REVEAL.COM - A system information utility for DOS.
  • STATUS.COM - A program used to display DOS disk cache settings.
  • SYSBAK.COM - Backs up important system configuration files.
  • SYSRES.COM - Restores files backed up by SYSBAK.COM.
  • SYSVIEW.COM - Views current or backed up configuration files made by SYSBAK.COM.
  • UNINSTAL.COM - The program used to remove the DU from your system.
  • VERSION.COM - Reports the DU version number to all DU programs.
  • ZIPREAD.COM - Displays files within a compressed .ZIP file. Requires PKUNZIP v1.10 or later.