How to Create Default PIF for MS-DOS-Based Programs

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This article describes how to create a default program information file (PIF) for MS-DOS-based programs.


A default PIF file for MS-DOS-based programs is used for those MS-DOS-based programs that are not shipped with their own PIF files, and are started by clicking Run on the Start menu. To create a default PIF file for MS-DOS- based programs, follow these steps:
  1. Open the Windows folder.
  2. On the File menu, point to New, then click Shortcut.
  3. In the Command Line box, type , then click Next.
  4. In the "Select a name for the shortcut" box, type _DEFAULT , then click Finish.
  5. Use the right mouse button to click the new _DEFAULT.PIF file, then click Properties on the menu that appears.
  6. Set the properties you want for the _DEFAULT.PIF file, then click OK.
  7. Restart Windows 95.


Article ID: 131877 - Last Review: November 15, 2006 - Revision: 1.1
  • Microsoft Windows 95
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