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Part VIII: Appendixes > Installing and Configuring MS-DOS Applications

Installing and Configuring MS-DOS Applications

Is DOS dead in Windows Millennium Edition? Not at all. If you need to use an application originally written for MS-DOS, chances are excellent it will run under Windows Me. Like previous Windows versions, you can adjust the MS-DOS environment for each such program, enabling you to fine-tune each program for optimal performance.

The most noteworthy change in Windows Me affects MS-DOS applications that expect to run in real mode. For instance, you might start a system utility such as PartitionMagic that exits into real mode to perform a specific task and then automatically returns you to your Windows session when you're finished. Under Windows 95 or 98, this application works as expected. Under Windows Me, however, it fails when it tries to shift into real mode.


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