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Performs conditional processing in batch programs. If the condition specified in an if command is true, Windows NT carries out the command that follows the condition. If the condition is false, Windows NT ignores the command.

if [not] errorlevel number command

if [not] string1==string2 command

if [not] exist filename command



Specifies that Windows NT should carry out the command only if the condition is false.

errorlevel number

Specifies a true condition only if the previous program run by CMD.EXE returned an exit code equal to or greater than number.


Specifies the command that Windows NT should carry out if the preceding condition is met.


Specifies a true condition only if string1 and string2 are the same. These values can be literal strings or batch variables (%1, for example). Literal strings do not need quotation marks.

exist filename

Specifies a true condition if filename exists.

More Information About If

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