The simplest way to invoke XXCLONE is by double-clicking the
icon that represents the XXCLONE.EXE program file itself, or
the shortcut thereof.
In such cases, the program typically
runs without a command argument. Then the program simply
pauses at the beginning for user input that determines the
course of actions and begins the intended operations.
The remainder of this page illustrates how to enter command
arguments. A first-time user can skip the rest of this
page and the next (Command Line Syntax).
Like many programs, XXCLONE can also be invoked with command
arguments either from a command line typed directly by the user,
from a text line supplied by a batch file, or, from a command line
stored in the Properties sheet of an icon object. In this
section, we will show you a few common methods to specify the
command arguments that can be used to alter the initial settings
or even to automate the execution of the program without
further intervention by the user.
The command line arguments are entered as a string of text
in accordance with a set of rules (Command Line Syntax)
defined for the XXCLONE program by its designer.
The command line arguments may be /wp /backup1,
Here are a few common ways to specify the command line argument.
The first method is to enter your command line from Start > Run....
Click the Start button at the left bottom corner
of your screen.
Then, select Run... of the start menu.
Type xxclone followed by the command arguments,
and click OK.
The second method is to modify the properties of the
XXCLONE shortcut icon in the Desktop (it is typically
provided by the XXCLONE Installer).
The Properties sheet can be obtained by a right-click
on the shortcut icon and selecting Properties in the
Type your command arguments inside the Target: box
after the file name (e.g., C:\WINDOWS\system32\xxclone.exe).
Every time you invoke the XXCLONE program from this particular
icon, the command line arguments you specified in this
properties sheet will be recognized by XXCLONE at the
beginning of the program execution. Note that you may
create another shortcut icon with a different set of command
The third method is to create a new shortcut icon in the
Desktop. You may create two or more such icons with
varying command arguments.
Using the Windows Explorer, locate the XXCLONE.EXE file
(usually, a copy is saved in the C:\Windows\system32\
directory). Then, using the right mouse button,
drag-and-drop the XXCLONE.EXE icon into an empty spot in the
In the floating menu, select the "Create the Shortcuts Here" line.
Then, right-click the newly created shortcut icon and
select the Properties line (usually at the bottom of
the floating menu).
Once the properties sheet is displayed, the procedure
is the same as the second method shown above.
There are other methods to create a shortcut icon.
The fourth method is to invoke XXCLONE from a console window
(commonly referred to as the Dos Box). As
a variation, you may create a multi-line batch file to
invoke a succession of XXCLONE executions to handle
multi-volume configuration. In such cases, the
command line text is supplied in a text (batch file).
Once either a shortcut for the XXCLONE.EXE program itself,
or batch files is stored, you may run any one of them
by double-clicking the file itself, or its shortcut icon,
or type the name of the batch file at the command prompt.
You may drag-and-drop a shortcut icon that you create by above
mentioned methods into your StartUp directory or Scheduled Tasks
for an automatic invocation. (Note: The XXCLONE Freeware
package will not work in fully automated mode.)