Differences Between DOSSHELL.INI in MS-DOS Versions 5 and 6

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This article discusses the differences between the DOSSHELL.INI filein MS-DOS versions 5.0 and 6.0.
The DOSSHELL.INI file in MS-DOS 6.0 does not contain references to theMS-DOS 5.0 BACKUP and RESTORE commands.

Since Setup doesn't update a existing DOSSHELL.INI file, the existingreferences to Backup Fixed Disk and Restore Fixed Disk are notupdated. BACKUP.EXE is copied to the OLD_DOS directory so that theBackup Fixed Disk option no longer works. You can either copy theMS-DOS 5.0 BACKUP command (BACKUP.COM) to the DOS directory or modifythe Backup Fixed Disk properties to reference the new backup program,Microsoft Backup (MSBACKUP.EXE).

If you don't have an existing DOSSHELL.INI file, Setup creates a newone with the following default items:
   Main Menu   ---------   Command Prompt   Editor   MS-DOS QBasic   Disk Utilities Menu   -------------------   MS Anti-Virus   MS Backup   Quick Format   Format   Undelete				
Setup leaves the RESTORE command (RESTORE.EXE) from MS-DOS 5.0 in theDOS directory even though it does not appear as an item in MS-DOS 6Shell. The BACKUP command (BACKUP.EXE) from MS-DOS 5.0 is available onthe supplemental disk or in the OLD_DOS directory as described above.

To replace your existing DOSSHELL.INI file, you can expand theappropriate .IN_ file from the original MS-DOS 6 Upgrade disks. Forexample, if you have an EGA or VGA video display card, expand EGA.IN_from the MS-DOS 6 Upgrade disks (Disk 2 of the 1.2-megabyte (MB) setor Disk 1 of the 1.44-MB set). For example, if you insert the Setupdisk in drive A, you would type the following command:
expand a:ega.in_ c:\dos\dosshell.ini
If the new utilities made available by the MS-DOS 6.0 DOSSHELL.INIfile are not installed, you must install them using the SETUP commandwith the /E parameter.

Article ID: 96518 - Last Review: 10/21/2013 16:52:13 - Revision: 1.0

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