In Windows NT, we had to use tip 0323 to accomplish this.

In windows 2000, you can use the

SET /P variable=\[promptString\]

"The /P switch allows you to set the value of a variable to a line of input                              entered by the user.  Displays the specified promptString before reading                              the line of input.  The promptString can be empty."
Here is a silly little example:
@echo off                              setlocal                              set OK=N                              :again                              set /p user=Please enter your User Name or END.                                   if /i \[%user%\]

\[END\] endlocal&goto end if \[%user%\]

\[\] goto again for /f "Tokens=*" %%i in ('net user "%user%" /domain') do call :parse "%%i" If "%OK%"

"N" goto again set /p xxx=Press any key to exit. endlocal goto end :parse set ustr=%1 if not "%ustr:~1,9%"

"Full Name" goto end set ustr=%ustr:"=% set ustr=%ustr:Full Name =% @echo Thank you %ustr% set OK=Y :end