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Error message when you install or start an MS-DOS or 16-bit Windows-based program !

Hi,

Well once again I had to re-install windows on my machine. Just installed the latest version iof Windows XP available with all the service packs so far. After installing it however I faced one serious problem. The 16-Bit dos executables and DOS itself was not running on my machine. Now this was a serious situation for a still Borland C++ 3.0 DOS version and BASIC IDE user, so just I tried something and found a fix to this problem.

The error message that is prompted is something like this when, Config.nt, Autoexec.nt or Command.com or any combination of them is missing or corrupt, that [some file name] your version of OS is not suitable for running DOS executables. So the workaround for this problem is to insert your Windows CD in your CD ROM and then in command prompt run the following command in sequence ( this worked in my case) .

1. expand CD-ROM Drive Letter:\i386\config.nt_ c:\windows\system32\config.nt
2. expand CD-ROM Drive Letter:\i386\autoexec.nt_ c:\windows\system32\autoexec.nt
3. expand CD-ROM Drive Letter:\i386\command.co_ c:\windows\system32\command.com
4. exit

Hopefully your problem will be resolved by now. If some how the problem still prevails follow the following link.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;324767&Product=winxp

Hope your problems resolves.

Regards,
I, Haroon

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