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how to restore windows 95 program after selecting run in dos

February 24, 2018 at 13:09:59
Specs: Windows 95, pentium 2 96mb
We have an old dell tower that runs our sign making software in Window 95. One of our people some how clicked a check box that said "run in ms-dos mode" and now I can't get into the program. When I click on the icon, it says "This program is set to run in ms-dos mode and cannot run while other programs are running. All other programs will close if you choose to continue. Do you wish to continue? YES / NO When I click on yes, the system re-starts to the Windows screen I am accustomed to, but keeps doing this over and over. I can't reload the sign making software as it has a security key and asks for a password (that I never had) when I try. HELP!

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February 24, 2018 at 16:28:24
What happens if you choose NO? If you end up at a DOS prompt, just type exit & press Enter.

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February 24, 2018 at 16:39:06
Nothing, it stays on the same screen

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February 24, 2018 at 17:33:39
You need to type:
and that will load and windows. There are several ways to achieve the DOS boot by some setting wrong. One is with a line in msdos.sys file.
is the proper setting for windows. And this can be fixed from DOS itself if you will remember to reset the file attributes with attrib.exe to read only, hidden and system when done modifying the file. Same holds true for modifying it in Windows, you'll have to set all those off and then back on again after.

If windows tries to boot and msdos.sys is NOT read only, system and hidden there is hell to pay for this mistake. It will want you to re-install windows and begin to do so if you don't unplug it and do things right next time.

All the .PIF files in the windows directory should have the box 'Close on Exit' checkmarked.

And the last windows shutdown that took this machine into the DOS only mode may be preloaded in the registry to do the same thing yet again. This might be where the checkmark that caused this was incorrectly done. Been so long I just can't remember if it's there or not, but be sure to set it correctly and be very sure to restart Windows from the Start/Shut Down box too. That should kill the DOS mode that keeps repeating.


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February 25, 2018 at 05:24:10
I apologize for not explaining the situation properly the first time; the system in not running in DOS mode, only the program that I can no longer get into after that mode was selected as stated above.

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February 25, 2018 at 08:24:36
It's been a long time since I used Win95. What about right clicking on the icon? What choices are there? What if you click Properties? There may be a check box for MS-DOS mode that can be unchecked.

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February 26, 2018 at 11:02:27
When I right click - just the usual stuff - cut, copy, send to, properties, etc. When I click on properties there are two tabs: general and shortcut - no check box for MS-DOS to uncheck.

I think I'm going to have to find someone that knows how to "get around" that password if there are no other suggestions.

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