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How to Disable MS-DOS Mode in Windows

This article was previously published under Q120389
SYMPTOMS
After you change an MS-DOS-based application, such as MS-DOS Prompt, to runin MS-DOS mode, you cannot find a way to exit and turn off MS-DOS mode (forexample, ALT+ENTER does not work).
CAUSE
After you choose to run MS-DOS Prompt in MS-DOS mode, you cannot switchback to Windows until you exit MS-DOS Prompt. This behavior occursbecause in MS-DOS mode, you are now running MS-DOS Prompt by closing allapplications and effectively shutting down Windows.
WORKAROUND
Type "exit" (without the quotation marks) to quit MS-DOS Prompt and returnto Windows. In Windows, you can change the properties of MS-DOS Prompt byperforming the following steps:
  1. Locate the .PIF file for MS-DOS Prompt. You can use Windows Explorer, My Computer, or the Find command on the Start menu to locate the file.

    The filename for MS-DOS Prompt is either MS-DOSPR.PIF or the long filename MS-DOS Prompt.PIF.

    NOTE: You may have multiple MS-DOS Prompt .PIF files in different folders. For example, there may be one in the Start Menu folder and another in the Programs folder. Be sure to change the correct one.
  2. Right-click the filename, and then click Properties.
  3. Click the Program tab, and then click the Advanced button.
  4. Click the MS-DOS Mode check box to clear it, and then click OK.
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Article ID: 120389 - Last Review: 01/19/2007 04:53:36 - Revision: 1.2

  • Microsoft Windows 95
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
  • kbappcompatibility kbprb KB120389
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