There are several ways to open a URL from a command or from within a batch file line in Windows 2000. The first and easiest method is to use the START command:
By default, if there is already a Web browser
You can also use the START command to alter the priority of the launched process, through one of its command line switches. Type START /? to get a complete list of the command-line parameters available for it.
Another URL-launching method is to call Internet Explorer directly (provided that's your browser). This will always open a new instance of a browser:
"C:Program FilesInternet ExplorerIEXPLORE.EXE"
The same restrictions about the URL apply here. For safety's sake, it's always best to add the "HTTP://" at the beginning of the URL.
Serdar Yegulalp is the editor of the Windows 2000 Power Users Newsletter.
This was first published in July 2002