The US Census Bureau

Electronic Products User Note

Running DOS programs in Windows

The following procedures are intended to be used in the event of runtime errors only.

Windows/NT and later versions

Add the following line to CONFIG.NT


The parameter value above is a guideline only.

CONFIG.NT is an ASCII text file in a subdirectory called \%systemroot%\System32 where systemroot is a enviornmental variable. Enviormental variables can be displayed with the SET command in DOS.

Is the software creating empty output files (no records)?

Start the program with the command GO LAN.

Windows 95

Make sure that CONFIG.SYS contains the following lines:


The above parameter values are guidelines only. Only DOS programs are affected by the above settings.

Reboot your PC in MS-DOS mode message

Create a Windows shortcut to GO.BAT and then right click on it. Select Properties and then click on the Program tab. Click on Advanced and make sure MS-DOS mode is NOT checked. Check Prevent MS-DOS-based programs from detecting Windows and Suggest MS-DOS mode as necessary.

More on Census Bureau DOS programs.

Electronic Products Development Branch
Administrative and Customer Services Division
U.S. Census Bureau

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