MS-DOS: No Interactive Boot Option for the AUTOEXEC.BAT File

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The interactive boot option included with MS-DOS 6.0 (the F8 key) works with the CONFIG.SYS file only; it does not work with the AUTOEXEC.BAT file. Stepping through a batch file using the interactive boot option is not a feature of MS-DOS 6.0. You can, however, use the CHOICE and IF ERRORLEVEL commands to step through the AUTOEXEC.BAT file.

NOTE: This information does not apply to later versions of MS-DOS.

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The CHOICE command provides the ability to prompt for input while running a batch file program. With the CHOICE command, you can display a specified prompt and then pause for user input. For example, if you add the following line to a batch file program
CHOICE /C:ABC Choose an Option
the user sees the following when CHOICE is started:
Choose an Option [A,B,C,]?
For more information on using the CHOICE command, type help choice at the MS-DOS command prompt.


Article ID: 97504 - Last Review: November 2, 2013 - Revision: 2.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 6.0 Standard Edition
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