Easily generate random strings in pure batch script

Using pure native Batch, this script generates random strings of any length and using any characters except ! % ^ & < >. This script should work on all Windows operating systems from XP onwards.

The code is pretty self-explanatory, so here goes:

@echo off

:: This is used to specify the required length of the random string
set len=12

:: This specifies the characters that will be used to generate the random string
set charpool=0123456789ABCDEF 

:: This specifies the length of the character pool above used to generate the string
set len_charpool=16

set gen_str=

:: Loop %len% times
for /L %%b IN (1, 1, %len%) do (

  :: %RANDOM% / !RANDOM! is replaced with a random variable between 0 and 32768
  :: This is used as our source of randomness so we use some simple math to 
  :: restrict the random range to be within the length of len_charpool
  set /A rnd_index=!RANDOM! * %len_charpool% / 32768

  :: Use for to allow us to expand and use the variable with batch's substring
  :: functionality, and append the substring at the random index determined above
  :: to the gen_str variable. See set /? for more information.
  for /F %%i in ('echo %%charpool:~!rnd_index!^,1%%') do set gen_str=!gen_str!%%i

:: The random string has been generated and stored in %gen_str%
echo %gen_str%

Here's a screenshot of the script in operation:

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