timeout (> Windows 7 / 2008)
timetout delays the execution for the given seconds.
timeout <seconds> /nobreak
<seconds> is any value between -1 and 100000.
-1 causes the computer to wait indefinitely until a keystroke.
/nobreak ignores user key strokes and the waiting could be disturbed by any keystroke.
timeout /t 5
It will pause 5 seconds before the next execution.
ping command to introduce the delay
Although PC pauses the command execution for
x seconds when you use
timeout command, it still consumes quite a lot of the CPU load.
ping command with a loop back address -
127.0.0.1 could also produce the 1 second delay between each consecutive ping, and it consumes less CPU load.
ping delay Example
ping -n 6 127.0.0.1>nul
6 means the delay is set to
>nul pipes the standard-output stream to
null and therefore there is no information displayed in the console.