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batch file 'choice' + if errorlevel logic not working

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I am not getting the desired results, and I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong with this simple code.  Hopefully it's clear what I'm trying to do.  I did reading on the subject but failed and have wasted enough time so I am hoping an expert can help.

This is to run on Server 2008 R2.
choice /C 123456780 /N /M "Type a number or close the window to cancel:"

if ERRORLEVEL 9 (
do stuff
goto end
)

if ERRORLEVEL 8 (
do stuff
goto end
)

:end

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It continues 9 through 1, but doesn't match so goes to :end
I also tried a block of
if errorlevel 1 goto 1
if errorlevel 2 goto 2

1:
stuff
goto end

2:
stuff
goto end

:end

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What I found is that I can echo %errorlevel% and get the proper value returned from choice, but if I try to do anything else it becomes null or 0, not sure.
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ERRORLEVEL is reset after almost every command, so after choice, capture ERRORLEVEL into a local-variable (set-command), and use the local-variable in further if-expressions.
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by:gnivler
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Thanks for the answer.  I had tried set answer = %ERRORLEVEL% earlier but that doesn't seem to work.  From other sources, I just tried set /a and got the desired results.

echo %ERRORLEVEL%
set answer = %ERRORLEVEL%
echo %answer%

yields:

Type a number or close the window to cancel: 4
4
ECHO is off.

with set /a

Type a number or close the window to cancel: 4
4
4
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