Batch Files Run from Within Other Folders May Fail

This article was previously published under Q175477
SYMPTOMS
When you run a batch file from a different folder that contains non-alphabetic characters, you will receive the following error message:

The name specified is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.


Steps to reproduce the problem:

  1. Create a folder named test(2) off your root directory.
  2. Create a batch file in the test(2) folder called test.bat.
  3. Insert the following lines in test.bat:
          echo off      pause
  4. Save test.bat.
  5. From the root directory at a command prompt, run the batch file with the following line:
    \test(2)\test.bat
Notice the error message received:

The name specified is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.
WORKAROUND
Although the batch file does not run from the root directory, the commandwill run if you enclose the command line within quotes. For example, forthe above situation, a user should enter the following line in a commandprompt:
   "\test(2)\test.bat"				

This command will run the batch file normally.
STATUS
Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Windows NT version 4.0. Weare researching this problem and will post new information here in theMicrosoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.
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Article ID: 175477 - Last Review: 10/31/2006 19:02:57 - Revision: 1.1

Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition, Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition

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