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Invoking XXCLONE

  • The simplest way to invoke XXCLONE is by double-clicking the icon that represents the XXCLONE.EXE program file itself, or the shortcut thereof.

        xxclone icon

    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, for example.
  • Here are a few common ways to specify the command line argument.

    1. 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.

    2. The second method is to modify the properties of the XXCLONE shortcut icon in the Desktop (it is typically provided by the XXCLONE Installer).

          xxclone icon

      The Properties sheet can be obtained by a right-click on the shortcut icon and selecting Properties in the menu.


      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 arguments.

    3. 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 Desktop.


      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.

    4. 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.)

  • The exact syntax of XXCLONE's command line arguments is provided in the Command Line Syntax.