CLI workaround for Windows XP : Doing a pause in a batch script

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November 7, 2006 | COMMENTS

In our list of "CLI workaround for Windows XP", a missing command is SLEEP or WAIT. For fixing this I suggest you two solution, first is simply a batch workaround using PING command, the second solution use the Windows Server 2003 Ressource Kit tools.

With PING you can produce a fixed delay by testing the loopback address. This can be really usefull if you don’t want (or if you can’t) install extra software.

# Doing an approximative pause of 60 seconds

PING -n 61>nul

Second way is to install the [Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit tools][1] from You will get a SLEEP.exe that will do all the requested stuff.

# Doing a pause of 60 seconds


Enjoy. 😉