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Bad or missing command interpreter

By Nicholasthompson5 ·
I am a student of IT and am trying to find that answer to: On booting the computer the message "Bad or missing command interpreter" is displayed I hope someone can help me

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It's your operating system

by rickydoo In reply to Bad or missing command in ...

Command.com is your command interpreter. It is the kernel file that translates your "english" dir, copy and del commands into 101011010100011101 for the computer to obey. Try a boot disk and make sure your CMOS knows to check the floppy drive first.

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more details is needed

by yuen931 In reply to Bad or missing command in ...

I encountered the same situation. But I just want to know what commands you typed in as a result of this message showing up.

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Easy enough

by JackOfAllTech In reply to Bad or missing command in ...

If you know what OS version is installed, the fix is very easy. Simply obtain a boot floppy with the same version, boot with it and copy the file COMMAND.COM to the proper location. What that location is depends on the version - DOS=C:\DOS, W9x=C:\WINDOWS.
Then, remove the floppy and reboot.

Ralph

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