Cscript

 

Updated: December 22, 2016

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2000, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8

Starts a script so that it runs in a command-line environment.

Cscript <Scriptname.extension> [//B] [//D] [//E:<Engine>] [{//H:CScript|//H:WScript}] [//I] [//Job:<Identifier>] [{//Logo|//NoLogo}] [//S] [//T:<Seconds>] [//X] [//U] [//?] [<ScriptArguments …>]  

Parameters

ParameterDescription
Scriptname.extensionSpecifies the path and file name of the script file with optional file name extension.
//BSpecifies batch mode, which does not display alerts, scripting errors, or input prompts.
//DStarts the debugger.
E:<Engine>Specifies the engine that is used to run the script.
H:CScriptRegisters Cscript.exe as the default script host for running scripts.
H:WScriptRegisters Wscript.exe as the default script host for running scripts. This is the default.
//ISpecifies interactive mode, which displays alerts, scripting errors, and input prompts. This is the default and the opposite of //B.
//Job:<Identifier>Runs the job identified by Identifier in a .wsf script file.
//LogoSpecifies that the Windows Script Host banner is displayed in the console before the script runs. This is the default and the opposite of //Nologo.
//NologoSpecifies that the Windows Script Host banner is not displayed before the script runs.
//SSaves the current command-prompt options for the current user.
//T:<Seconds>Specifies the maximum time the script can run (in seconds). You can specify up to 32,767 seconds. The default is no time limit.
//USpecifies Unicode for input and output that is redirected from the console.
//XStarts the script in the debugger.
//?Displays available command parameters and provides help for using them. This is the same as typing Cscript.exe with no parameters and no script.
ScriptArgumentsSpecifies the arguments passed to the script. Each script argument must be preceded by a slash (//).

Remarks

  • Performing this task does not require you to have administrative credentials. Therefore, as a security best practice, consider performing this task as a user without administrative credentials.

  • To open a command prompt, on the Start screen, type cmd, and then click command prompt.

  • Each parameter is optional; however, you cannot specify script arguments without specifying a script. If you do not specify a script or any script arguments, Cscript.exe displays the Cscript.exe syntax and the valid host options.

  • The //T parameter prevents excessive running of scripts by setting a timer. When the run time exceeds the specified value, CScript interrupts the script engine and ends the process.

  • Windows script files usually have one of the following file name extensions: .wsf, .vbs, .js.

  • You can set properties for individual scripts. See Related Topics for more information.

  • Windows Script Host can use .wsf script files. Each .wsf file can use multiple scripting engines and perform multiple jobs.

  • If you double-click a script file with an extension that has no association, the Open With dialog box appears. Select Wscript or Cscript, and then select Always use this program to open this file type. This registers Wscript.exe or Cscript as the default script host for files of this file type.

  • You can set properties for individual scripts. See Additional References for more information.

  • Windows Script Host can use .wsf script files. Each .wsf file can use multiple scripting engines and perform multiple jobs.

Windows Script Host overview

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