Configuring Windows 95 for MSDOS Applications

** If you have a system that has been upgraded from Windows V3.1x to Windows 95 please read section 1 first, otherwise proceed directly to section 2.

Section 1
It is possible, if you have upgraded from Windows V3.1x to Windows 95, that a number of unwanted device drivers will be left in CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT. Windows 95 does REMark some lines so that they are inactive, but not all. Most of the common device drivers for sound cards and CDROM device drivers are already provided as part of the operating system and can, therefore, be removed. Windows 95 will also take care of UMB's, high memory and expanded memory and thus device memory device drivers and references to these may also be removed.

Caution: Before deleting or editing any of these files make backups to a separate disk. If you do not have a Windows 95 emergency startup disk please create one now. (My Computer | Control Panel | Add/Remove Programs | Startup Disk)

The following is a typical example of what is needed in these two files:

PATH C:\WINDOWS;C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND; mode con codepage prepare=((850) C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\ega.cpi) mode con codepage select=850 keyb uk,,C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\keyboard.sys


device=C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\display.sys con=(ega,,1) Country=044,850,C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\country.sys
Using any text editor (EDIT.COM or NOTEPAD) remove any unwanted lines from these two files. (You may, of course, have devices not supported by Windows 95 and therefore drivers relating to these devices should be kept.)

Section 2
Windows 95 allows you to configure a PIF (Program Information File) to set the system up, as required, for any particular program. To setup resources and configuration information for an MS-DOS program follow the procedure shown below :

1.) Install the software you have purchased as directed.
2.) In Explorer locate the directory and the program within it, that you wish to configure
3.) Right click on the file (eg. GSHPC.EXE ). (Explorer may show this application as GSHPC 365Kb Application)
4.) Select "Create Shortcut"
5.) Drag and drop the newly created shortcut onto the desktop. (Change the name and/or icon if you wish.)
6.) Right click on the icon on the desktop - select "Properties".
7.) On the Program tab check the "Close on exit" box.
8.) On the Program tab, click Advanced.
9.) Check the MS-DOS Mode box - optionally check the "Warn before entering MS-DOS mode" box.
10.) Check "Specify a new MS-DOS configuration".
11.) Click on "Configuration" then "Yes" to select any additional features required.
12.) Enter any extra parameters for the program in the CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT boxes.

Eg. CONFIG.SYS (to attach a CDROM drive)
Device=c:\windows\command\CDDRV.SYS /D:CD0

Eg. AUTOEXEC.BAT (to attach a CDROM drive)
C:\windows\command\MSCDEX.EXE /D:CD0 /M:15
13.) When finished, click "OK" the required number of times to exit.
14.) Click the icon on the desktop and the computer will restart in the new MS-DOS configuration

For further information consult the Windows 95 Resource Kit. This can often be found on the Windows 95 CD in Admin\Reskit.

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Steven Walker (c) 1996