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9. Boot-Up Hacks > 93. Hack the MS-DOS Startup File

Hack the MS-DOS Startup File

Set up DOS environment parameters and load utilities and virus protection before Windows takes over your PC.

The AUTOEXEC.BAT file resides in the root directory of your boot drive (typically C:\) and contains commands that configure the appearance of DOS and loading of transient or terminate-and-stay-resident (TSR) programs at bootup. The DOS command processor, COMMAND.COM, loads and looks for and reads AUTOEXEC.BAT after the contents of the CONFIG.SYS file are processed. AUTOEXEC.BAT is a text file you can edit with DOS EDIT.COM, Windows Notepad, or any text editor program. CONFIG.SYS is used by DOS 6.22 and earlier and Windows 95-Me, but is not used by Windows NT, 2000, XP, or 2003.


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