Here's our Windows XP Tip for.. March 8, 2006
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Automatic MS-DOS?
Launching the DOS Prompt from a keyboard command is easy if you follow these steps. Right-click the Start button and choose Open. When the window opens, double-click the Programs icon. Now right-click the Command Prompt icon and choose Properties. When the Properties dialog box opens, click the Shortcut tab. Now click in the entry box labeled Shortcut Key and type D (or whatever key you want to assign). When you do, Windows NT will finish the line, making it Ctrl-Alt-D. Click OK to save your change and close the dialog box.

Now you can open the command prompt window by simply pressing Ctrl-Alt-D.