Path= correct syntex needed

September 16, 2011 at 14:23:31
Specs: Windows XP, 512 ram
NEED TO SET THE CORRECT path= SO THAT I MAY INSTALL WIN 3.11 ON OLDER LAPTOP. KEEP TRYING TO INSTALL WIN 3.11 ONTO OLD LAPTOP, THE INSTALLATION PROCEEDS WITH A FEW GLITCHES, BUT EVENTUALLY GETS TO THE END THEN CLAIMS THAT I HAVE AN INCOMPATIBLE VERSION OF DOS INSTALLED. WHAT IS THE CORRECT path = TO WRITE SO THAT ALL WILL BE WELL. AND PLEASE DON'T SAY path= CHECK TO THE COMPUTER STORE TO BUY ALL NEW EQUIPTMENT (LOL) AS THAT IS WHAT THEY EXPECT BUT I BELIEVE WITH HELP I CAN DO IT ON MY OWN

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#1
September 16, 2011 at 20:48:04
Path usually points to the location(s) of the installed programs.
PATH=C:\DOS;C:\WIN;C:\PROG

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#2
September 21, 2011 at 07:59:03
Path has nothing to do with win3.11 installation. Just install dos 6.21 or 6.22 or even the lower version first on the primary partition . Then try installing windows 3.11 , it will work.

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#3
September 21, 2011 at 08:47:12
The PATH command points to program locations. You don't really need a PATH statement, but if you are using DOS utilities regularly or want to type 'win' at the C:\> prompt to start Windows, then you should have at least:

PATH=C:\DOS;C:\WINDOWS

PATH statements use a tiny bit of conventional memory for every program location you want quick access to. So don't go overboard with naming every program folder that uses DOS. Just include the ones you are most likely to use regularly separated with a semi-colon. This will help keep your conventional DOS memory higher. I try to maintain at least 600kb available in the pure DOS environment, which is enough to run pretty much every DOS program.

PATH is one the most powerful and useful commands for DOS for making it much easier to use.

I should also mention that when you run a setup package of some programs for Windows, such as Internet Explorer 5, they may add the folder path to your autoexec.bat file. So when installing new software you might want to check what alterations to the PATH statement was made. It's often an unnecessary addition.


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#4
September 24, 2011 at 19:48:26
Thanks, very insperational and supp[ortive, oly trouble is that I went into the config,syus add comand line (don't ask me why ) and now my A; drive in which I was gaining access to installation files. I am preety sure that the drive still works, but I have someohow disabaled it from being recognized. I am getting tempted to send it into one of those Ebay repair centers for $89. but I will try a few more tricks as actually i get a kick when something starts to work when it previousely didn't respond. That is why i like this DOS, dangerous but very effective if you know what you are doing and even if you don't ,there always seems to be a second chance in fixing the mistakes.does anyone know of a file that can auto corect Windows startup files? A master redirector? what should the command lie say under Config. Sys( I know why you are thinking) 'IT SAYS LEAVE IT ALONE "! actually this is not that far from the truth as I once asked so many questions in the HELP section of Win 3.11 that i actually got a response saying, "I have no more answers ,so leave me alone "

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#5
September 24, 2011 at 19:56:20
The problem is, (among so many) is that there are conflicting versions of Windows 3,10, Win 3.11 Win 95 and Win 98 on this system. When I use the MSD program, one of the few that I can still use ; it lists DOS &.7 but when I type win ver I see Windows 3.10 and when I type win I see Win 98. The only solution is to rewrite the comand lines. I can use XTREE but don't know how to do it, also the A drive needs to be reactivated, so I need help with fundementals of restructering the Windows hyarchal file system as well as SPELING lessons !

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#6
September 24, 2011 at 20:03:02
when I first tried to istall the disks, after several atempts it informed me that the Himen sys and something like GUI were missing or damaged, after running a surface scan on the hard drive ,it restructured the files and moved them to a safer part of the disk as it resided on damaged clusters; then I was informed that an earlier instalation was halted and that i would need to write the directory name and location to complete a new instalation, I tried several versions but nothing. what exactly would be the best signature fo write new directory location that would disregard any earlier corrupt file locatons ?

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#7
September 25, 2011 at 13:02:42
when I type path I see the folowing PROMPT =$p$g COMSPEC= c:\command.com path = c:\dos;c:\win;c:\prog. I CHANGED it so I am not sure what the outcome will be, will this make it easier for windows to start ?

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#8
September 26, 2011 at 00:03:41
The path has to point to directories that contain the programs otherwise you will get errors.

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#9
September 26, 2011 at 10:21:05
YES, THATS TRUE, but how do i install a program that will auto corect file registry errors and auto fix the windows hyarchy, it seems simple, but I am stopping the bad pratice of just typing anything. what is the best INSERT COMMAND LINE using MSD to correct the windows startup. my system is already screwed, so any help will be appreciated. i also need to recognize my A drive again as i somehow shut it doen because it kept booting up ito a windos 98 sxcree.

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#10
May 13, 2012 at 21:42:30
First thing is, you seem to have way too many operation systems on the same partition. My advice, wipe the drive and start over. Put DOS/Win 3.x on a partition by itself and Win 9x on a serperate partition. You may need a boot manager such as Boot Magic to make them boot properly.

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