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Poll Results: 83 percent still use Windows XCopy

Robocopy may be newer, but 83 percent of respondents to a TR Dojo poll say they still use Windows XCopy. Here's a list of resources for XCopy fans.

When I published my TR Dojo episode on TechRepublic's XCopy graphical interface, I was curious just how many members still use XCopy on a regular basis. So, I asked. As the following poll results show, of the 2,131 people who answered my XCopy poll, 83 percent reported that they still use XCopy.

Poll Results: 83 percent still use Windows XCopy

Because so many people told me they still use XCopy, I put together a quick list of XCopy and related resources from TechRepublic and Microsoft.

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4 comments
oldbaritone
oldbaritone

I was a die-hard XCOPY fan, but when long file names with spaces made things difficult on the command line, I started using drag-and-drop. I have the file view settings to "show hidden and system files" and "show full path in address bar" and not "hide file extensions for known file types" Rarely, there are things that are easier with XCOPY, but since the command prompt must be opened in the GUI anyhow, Ctrl-Click-Drag-Drop is easier.

Daniel Breslauer
Daniel Breslauer

I had never used it until today, actually. I used Robocopy in the past, to rescue data off unbootable Vista installations. Today I used XCopy to save a McAfee-crippled XP SP3 workstation. I couldn't copy a clean svchost.exe from a USB flash drive to system32 (or anywhere else) with a GUI copy-paste; it just didn't work. XCopy got it done. Die, McAfee, die. Luckily I only had 3 vulnerable machines; I managed to uninstall McAfee from 2 of them before they were crippled. The rest are all Vista or 7.

techrepublic
techrepublic

I have moved to pixlabs "xxcopy" as a substitute. Oldschool DOS command line is the bee's knee's.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

Robocopy may be XCopy's newer, more powerfule cousin, but 83 percent of respondents to a March, 2010 TR Dojo poll said they still use Windows XCopy. So, I put together a list of resources from Microsoft and TechRepublic for XCopy fans. Poll results and resource links: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/itdojo/?p=1686

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