win 98 boots to a dos program

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January 5, 2011 at 18:40:11
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will renaming config.sys & autoexec.bat keep my dos icon shortcut?i use this dos program

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#1
January 5, 2011 at 18:44:58
Win98 doesn't need Autoexec.bat or Config.sys. Which DOS program are you asking about?

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#2
January 5, 2011 at 21:18:08
When you click on the dos icon, windows swaps its config.sys and autoexec.bat with versions the dos program needs and then reboots. Those two files ensure the computer boots to dos and starts the program. If you exit the dos program normally the 98 config.sys and autoexec.bat should be swapped back so the next bootup goes into windows. But sometimes that doesn't happen and you get stuck in a dos boot loop.

If that's the problem you're having my post in this old thread may help:

http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

It's not mentioned there but sometimes just typing EXIT and enter at the dos prompt will set things right. Or running the dos program again and exiting normally may fix it. And I'm not sure if all dos application use wos and app as the renamed file extensions so if you're going to manually rename things you need to look through all the config and autoexec files on c:\ and see what you have.

As to your specific question, deleting config.sys and autoexec.bat will not delete the dos icons on the 98 desktop.

If you delete config.sys and autoexec.bat while in windows, the dos versions are still there so if you click on the dos icons the PC should reboot and the dos program should start.

Deleting the dos versions of those files should cause the icons not to function but I suppose it's possible the icon's pif files could rewrite them.

Anyway, if that doesn't answer your question you need to post back with more details of whatever problem you're having.

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#3
January 6, 2011 at 05:12:35
it boots to a program called compudent..all my patients,procedures,etc. are in this program.
i would like it to boot to windows with all my icons [as it did
before it messed up].as of now i cant get to anything except my dental program [dos] when it boots.
thank you

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#4
January 6, 2011 at 17:06:24
So you're stuck in the dos loop.

Assuming you want to keep the reboot-to-dos-with-the-icon functioning then you'll need to manually rename the files. Exit out of the dos program to a c:\> prompt. If you can't get out of it, hit the CTRL and C keys. That should end a dos program.

Then type ren c:\config.sys c and enter. Then ren c:\autoexec.bat a and enter. That renames the config.sys to just C and autoexec.bat to A. With those two files renamed there's nothing left to force a dos boot and it will boot to 98.

Then from the 98 desktop open MY COMPUTER and then the C: drive. Look through the root directory for all the files starting with CONFIG and AUTOEXEC. Don't open any of the folders to look for them; we only want to look in the root directory. Post back those complete file names and maybe by looking at their extensions--app, wos or whatever--we can figure out what needs to be renamed to get them back to what they're supposed to be.

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#5
January 6, 2011 at 19:20:41
i renamed config.sys & autuexec.bat & they are lost when i search.
this is important bec. i want to change config.sys bec. now my DOS program cant open-error message is'too many files open'.so i want to
increase the 'files=' in config.sys.

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#6
January 6, 2011 at 20:32:51
If you renamed config.sys as C and autoexec.bat as A then they will be listed by those names now and not config.sys and autoexec.bat. What we need to know is the names of other config and autoexec files, such as config.app or config.wos. We can fix C (the dos config.sys) and A ( the dos autoexec.bat) after we get the others renamed correctly. So boot to 98 desktop and post back the names of the other config and autoexec files.

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#7
January 7, 2011 at 04:00:40
i have a complete program backup on my home computer.
if i copy to a flash drive & then go back to the screwed up
one will this set things right?

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#8
January 7, 2011 at 17:17:29
Probably, if it was backed up after you had the dos stuff installed and when it was running correctly. Of course any data you've saved to the hard drive since then will be lost. And it's unnecessary since all that needs to be done is rename a couple more files but it's your decision.

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#9
January 7, 2011 at 17:24:40
Well hold on, I'm not exactly sure what you're going to copy to the flash drive and then back to the hard drive. If it's an entire hard drive backup or just the dos files. Plus you're going to needs 98 support for the flash drive if you use it with that OS and most flash drives didn't come with 98 support.

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