batch-file Tutorial

From Microsoft Technet:

With batch files, which are also called batch programs or scripts, you can simplify routine or repetitive tasks. A batch file is an unformatted text file that contains one or more commands and has a .bat or .cmd file name extension. When you type the filename at the command prompt, Cmd.exe runs the commands sequentially as they appear in the file.

Batch File Names and Extensions

Extension Remarks
.bat This extension runs with MS-DOS and all versions of Windows
.cmd Used for batch files in Windows NT family
.btm The extension used by 4DOS and 4NT

To understand the difference between .cmd and .bat please see here.

Avoid names which are already the name of built-in commands. like tracert. There is a utility called tracert.exe. So, avoid naming a batch file tracert.bat

Running Batch File

The easiest way to run a batch file is simply double-clicking its icon. Or paste the file full path into a command prompt, or just its name if command Prompt was started from the batch file directory, then enter.