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MS-DOS support in WIndows Me

By wayne.glasser ·
I have several clients still running MS-DOS software. We have just completed a client upgrade involving Windows Me on new systems they purchased. 1 application is MS-DOS based and requires a setting of Files=155. Windows Me as it stands has no config.sys support. We hacked the HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows/MS-DOSOptions key and added a String FileSettings - config.sys - files=155, this worked. My concern is will this be stable, should I add a Flags and Order to the String, and if I do whatwould I put in each respectivily.

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by JnlGuy In reply to MS-DOS support in WIndows ...

Try this, it works perfectly.

From the run command box type msconfig. and click OK. This dialog has a new Environment tab for setting environmental variables. For example, if you old DOS program requires a statement such as FILES=x, you can do that on the Environment tab by clicking the New.. button at the bottom and then filling in the Variable name: FILES and Variable Value: 61 and then choosing to apply. You will probably need to reboot at this point so the changes take effect. Hope thishelps. Jerry

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by wayne.glasser In reply to MS-DOS support in WIndows ...

Hi! Jerry
I did that in the MSCONFIG program. It would not allow the MS-DOS program to work. I also tried the patch that is out on the Internet. It allows the Windows Me to use a config.sys file but it stops all MS-DOS programs from printing.I just found a solution from Microsoft that is a mod in the System.ini file. I am still wondering if the Registry solution will work for me.

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by cajundon In reply to MS-DOS support in WIndows ...

Hi Wayne,

Windows ME does not support MS-DOS config.sys or autoexec.bat files, like the other Windows x versions. Mircsoft set it up that way so you have to buy a Windows version of the software, and Microsoft still claims they do not have a monopoly.

Good luck and have a great day.

Don Thibodaux, Computer Technology Consultant.

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by wayne.glasser In reply to MS-DOS support in WIndows ...

There is a work around that is posted in the knowledge base at Microsoft. I found it through the news.microsoft.com, went to the MVP site and found it from one of the fellows listed there. The knowledge base is http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q269/0/30.asp, it shows how to set PerVMFiles setting in the system.ini, I tested this and it works. I also hacked the registry and put a setting in the MS-DOSOptions that worked. My question is how good the registry hack is for stability and what the settings should be.

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by maxwell edison In reply to MS-DOS support in WIndows ...

Greetings,

Another option is to add a second hard drive. You could either add a second physical drive, or create a new partition on the single drive. Partition Magic will help you do this without affecting the existing data. (But 'd prefer the second physical drive.) You could then simply enter the BIOS upon booting and change the boot sequence to set the D-Drive (DOS drive) as the first boot device. I do this very thing for a couple of DOS programs I occasionally use.

Regards,

Maxwell

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