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"This Program Cannot Be Run in DOS Mode" Running Windows XP Setup

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This article was previously published under Q278104
When you run Setup.exe in a real-mode command prompt, you may receive the following error message:
This program cannot be run in DOS Mode.
Setup.exe is not intended to be run from MS-DOS mode for Windows XP.
To run Setup from MS-DOS, you can run Winnt.exe from the I386 folder on the Windows XP CD-ROM. Type drive:\i386\winnt.exe, where drive is your CD-ROM drive, to start Setup.

Article ID: 278104 - Last Review: 01/15/2006 22:32:36 - Revision: 1.3

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