Error When EMS Memory Is Configured for MS-DOS App in .pif File

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Symptoms
You may receive the following error message after you modify the customconfiguration settings for an MS-DOS or Win16 application:

%systemroot%\System32\Config.Nt. The system file is not suitable for
running MS-DOS and MS Windows applications.
This error occurs when a .pif file is used to establish EMS memory and acustom Config.nt and Autoexec.nt are specified in the PIF file. Either theapplication will use the default configuration files in the%SystemRoot%\System32 folder, if they exist, or it will generate theerror message listed above. Settings in the custom configuration files in afolder other than %SystemRoot%\System32 will not be used if EMS isspecified in the .pif settings.
Cause
The location of the custom configuration files is lost when EMS memory isestablished. The default configuration file location is used.
Resolution
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows NT 4.0 or the individual software update. For information on obtaining the latest service pack, please go to:
For information on obtaining the individual software update, contact Microsoft Product Support Services. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support Services phone numbers and information on support costs, please go to the following address on the World Wide Web:
Status
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was first corrected in Windows NT version 4.0 Service Pack 5.
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Article ID: 196875 - Last Review: 11/02/2013 23:25:00 - Revision: 3.0

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