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Dos programs aren't opening in windows

Dos programs aren't opening in windows

I have Windows 3.11 running on DOS 6.2. For some reason every time I click on a DOS program or even I get an error that says: Cannot find file, make sure the program exists and all libraries are available. Why aren't my DOS programs opening!!! I haven't really changed any windows settings but it still refuses to work with dos programs.


RE: Dos programs aren't opening in windows

Double check the path  Are these programs set up to launch from windows desktop?

RE: Dos programs aren't opening in windows

If you are going to run a DOS program in windows v3.xx, I would make sure you are using a PIF to call the program.  You can find the PIF editor in the accessories group (if I recall correctly) and from there you can give it the information it needs to run DOS programs.

Good luck!

RE: Dos programs aren't opening in windows

The paths are all correct but the programs don't open whether I call it from a PIF or not.


RE: Dos programs aren't opening in windows

Check your PATH statement in the AUTOEXEC.BAT file.  Stop Windows from booting up by temporarily REMming out the WIN command in AUTOEXEC.BAT, and just check that those DOS programmes really DO work successfully from the DOS the prompt.


RE: Dos programs aren't opening in windows

I figured out what the problem was. Apparently DOS programs don't run in windows 3.1 unless you have a certain video mode set (I think it's 640x480). My friend suggested that I try playing around with the visual settings and he was right. Thanks for everyone's help anyway...


RE: Dos programs aren't opening in windows

There maybe one or two that don't, but generally speaking most DOS programmes will run through Win 3.1/3.11 irrespective of the video mode.   What are the programmes you're trying to run?


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