Solved does not bring command shell in win2000

Posted on 2005-04-22
Last Modified: 2010-04-13
I have a problem with my in win2000.
If i locate the file in explorer and run it a black window appears for a sec and dissapears.
cmd brings up the expected command shell, but it i type edit I will be returned to the shell
and no edit program appears. typing notepad filename will open the filename in notepad.
dos based self extracting files will not extract, just returns to the command prompt.
Trying to run the from explorer gives the same problem.
The problem may be with 16bit programs, I am unsure.

Thanks for any help you can provide.

Question by:Dark720
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    Accepted Solution

    Hi Dark720,

    Perhaps there is something wrong with one of your 16-bit subsystem startup files.

    Have a look in your C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32 directory for the files config.nt and autoexec.nt.

    The relevant lines in these (ignoreing the REMs) should probably be...

    dos=high, umb

    lh %SystemRoot%\system32\mscdexnt.exe
    lh %SystemRoot%\system32\redir
    lh %SystemRoot%\system32\dosx

    If there is other stuff in there, it may be causing your problem.

    If you decide to change these files, REMEMBER TO TAKE A BACKUP FIRST!

    Hope this helps,

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    Author Comment

    dos=high, umb


    There is no autoexec.nt file in winnt\system32

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    Author Comment

    I expanded these three files from the origonal win2k cd and it fixed the problem.. thanks nikkilocke

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    Author Comment

    oops, the three files :)

    expand CD-ROM Drive Letter:\i386\config.nt_ c:\windows\system32\config.nt
    expand CD-ROM Drive Letter:\i386\autoexec.nt_ c:\windows\system32\autoexec.nt
    expand CD-ROM Drive Letter:\i386\command.co_ c:\windows\system32\

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