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COMSPEC

The COMSPEC variable points to the active copy of the command interpreter shell loaded with the SHELL= command in your CONFIG.SYS file. All of COMMAND.COM isn't in memory all the time; when parts of it must be reloaded, the COMSPEC variable is used to find the COMMAND.COM file on disk.

In the following SHELL= command, COMMAND.COM sets the COMSPEC variable using the C:\DOS\ parameter that follows the command interpreter's name:


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