About Windows Console

The Windows Console is a facility in the Windows operating system that allows the use of text-based commands. It takes us back to those days when GUIs were unheard of, and the operations of the operating system were done through a series of text commands.  

In 2019, Windows Console was open-sourced, which enabled people to work on developing the use further.

In many ways, Windows Console tends to provide a comfortable facility where a GUI is found to impede the functioning of programs.  It is a text-based interface in the Windows operating system. 

Applications can be run on the console by calling the appropriate text commands, and because of how the system is configured, it would provide a faster load and running of the programs.

Running the Windows Console

The Windows Console can be used in two convenient modes. They have been discussed in brief below.

The text is placed in the Windows system and run using the operating system’s front rendering. The application interacts with the user by making use of the Windows systems and is controlled by it. 

In the second mode, called the full-screen mode, the application is run in the hardware text mode.  The system uses a raster font to sync with the video adapter and allows direct interaction with the application. The advantage with this system is that since a GUI is done away with, it makes the response to the instructions and its feedback much faster. 

On the flip side, it necessitates the use and knowledge of a large set of text commands to make it functional. The simple click and drag solutions on the Windows Operating System would require a series of commands to be executed.

Fine details of the system

Windows Console actively uses the buffer to store the input from the keyboard and mouse.  A queue is formed, which is called to action as a list. Since there are fewer layers of code between the user and the applications being used, this method tends to be much faster than the GUI based input and output. 

 It is possible to run the console as a full-screen application with full-screen attributes.  This allows the use of the hardware text mode most of the time. Screen resolutions vary with the version of Windows in use, and with the Windows 10 release, it does support color output as well. 

With the Windows Console or the Win32 console programs, it is often mistaken that the system uses the MS-DOS kernel to execute the commands. It is but a standalone function that can be used to function using the DOS architecture. 

It would be evident that Windows Console is a standalone application within the Windows Operating System.  Over the years, the function has undergone specific fine-tuning, and with the Windows 10 release of the operating system has evolved into a full-screen application capable of running colors too.

The console must be taken to be another one of the conveniences that are on offer with the Windows Operating System and must be used to supplement the actual operating system; never replacing it.

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