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The WINA20.386 file is a read-only file that is copied to the root directory on your hard disk (startup) drive when you set up MS-DOS 5 Upgrade, MS-DOS 6 Upgrade, or MS-DOS 6.2 Upgrade on a computer that is capable of running Microsoft Windows in 386 enhanced mode. Microsoft Windows version 3.0 cannot run in 386 enhanced mode without this file.
NOTE: You do not need the WINA20.386 file if you run any other version of Microsoft Windows, or if you do not run Microsoft Windows version 3.0 in 386 enhanced mode. For a discussion on running the 386 enhanced, standard, and real modes in Microsoft Windows, see the Microsoft Windows "User's Guide."
If you do not have the WINA20.386 file and you try to run Windows version 3.0 in 386 enhanced mode, the following message is displayed:
You must have the file WINA20.386 in the root of your boot drive to run Windows in Enhanced Mode
Installing the FileIf you see this message, use the EXPAND command to expand and copy this file from your MS-DOS installation disk to the root directory of your startup drive. The file is located on the following disks:
To install the file, insert your installation disk in your floppy disk drive, type the following at the MS-DOS command prompt, and press ENTER
MS-DOS Version 3.5-inch Disks 5.25-inch Disks ------------------------------------------------------ MS-DOS 5.0 Upgrade 3 5 MS-DOS 6.0 Upgrade 1 2 MS-DOS 6.2 Upgrade 1 2 MS-DOS 6.21 Upgrade 1 2
expand <drive>:\wina20.38_ <startupdrive>:\wina20.386where <drive> is the floppy disk drive containing your MS-DOS installation disk and <startupdrive> is your startup drive (usually drive C). For example if your floppy disk drive is drive A and your startup drive is drive C, type the following command:
expand a:\wina20.38_ c:\wina20.386
Deleting the WINA20.386 FileYou can delete the WINA20.386 file from your hard disk if you do not use Microsoft Windows version 3.0 in 386 enhanced mode.
To delete the file:
Moving the WINA20.386 FileYou can move the WINA20.386 file to a new directory as follows:
Article ID: 96829 - Last Review: May 12, 2003 - Revision: 2.0
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