TIMEOUT.exe (Windows 7/2008 and XP Resource Kit)

Delay execution for a few seconds or minutes, for use within a batch file.

      TIMEOUT delay [/nobreak] 

   delay  Delay in seconds (between -1 and 100000) to wait before continuing. 
          The value -1 causes the computer to wait indefinitely for a keystroke 
          (like the PAUSE command)

          Ignore user key strokes. (Windows 7 or greater)

Timeout will pause command execution for a number of seconds, after which it continues without requiring a user keystroke. If the user does press a key at any point, execution will resume immediately.

A delay can also be produced by the PING command with a loopback address, there is a delay of 1 second between each consecutive ping. In tests PING consumes less processor time than Sleep.exe or Timeout.exe, this allows other processes to run in the background. The PING command can only be interrupted with Ctrl-C. Source: Clay Calvert (usenet 2001.)

e.g. for a delay of 40 seconds:
PING -n 41>nul

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PAUSE - Suspend processing of a batch file and display a message
SLEEP - Delay execution for a few seconds/minutes (for use within a batch file.)
WAITFOR - Wait for or send a signal.
Powershell: Start-Sleep - Suspend shell, script, or runspace activity (sleep)

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