Need a DOS application to run in Command shell not cmd.exe

Okay, I have an old DOS application that used to work quite well. The properties on the shortcut placed on the screen went directly to the database. Now when executed it dumps right away. If I run and go to the correct directory it opens. My question is how to edit the properties of the shortcut to include the system root in the existing path so it opens the database on and not cmd.exe
Probably very easy but I dont do DOS very well.

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set in a cmd file this one
c:\windows\system32\ /c <your_exe_file or a bat file that should contain your changing directory and running the app>
i hope that helped
Fraser_AdminAuthor Commented:
No that didnt work either.

Manually at the run command
command - enter
cd\ - enter
cd sappos - enter
opt - enter

It works... but by trying to drag and drop the opt as a shortcut on the desktop by default it open in CMD and fails.But not on all PC's just this one.

Change the "ComSpec" value to %SystemRoot%\system32\

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Environment
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Fraser_AdminAuthor Commented:
It looks as though it should have worked, but it didnt. Would this require a reboot??
Fraser_AdminAuthor Commented:
Hi folks, it's been a few days... I have tried the last post johnb6767 made but no changes in the registry and the app still doesn't open.

Any more info out there??

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