• Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint
Share this Page URL
Help

Chapter 23. Maintaining and Optimizing S... > Configuring the MS-DOS Environment

Configuring the MS-DOS Environment

If you still use DOS programs, you'll be glad to know that the DOS environment that Windows XP uses is highly configurable. I discussed the Virtual DOS Machine, or VDM, in the previous section. It provides a simulated MS-DOS computer environment in which your old DOS applications run. It's also run “underneath” the simulated Windows 3.x environment, so it's used by old 16-bit Windows applications as well. You can configure it in several ways:

  • By configuring the user variables in the System dialog box, as discussed in the section “Setting Environment Variables

  • By making selections from the DOS window's Control menu

  • By making settings in the Properties sheet for a shortcut to the DOS application

  • By making settings stored in custom AUTOEXEC.NT and CONFIG.NT files you can create for programs that require special memory or environment variable settings

  • By entering environment-altering commands at the command prompt


PREVIEW

                                                                          

Not a subscriber?

Start A Free Trial


  
  • Creative Edge
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint