DEVICE? and DEVICEHIGH? Statements Not Functioning (100724)

The information in this article applies to:
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.0
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.2
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.21
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.22

This article was previously published under Q100724


If the timer for MENUDEFAULT reaches zero (0) in multiple configurations, the DEVICE? and DEVICEHIGH? statements do not interactively load the device drivers. This is by design.

The function of the question mark (?) at the end of a DEVICE or DEVICEHIGH statement in the CONFIG.SYS file is to prompt you during startup with a [Y/N] option at the end of the statement. If you choose "Y," the driver is loaded; if you choose "N," the driver is not loaded. If the timer reaches zero, MS-DOS determines that the startup is "hands-off," meaning that no one is available or willing to interactively boot the system.

Modification Type: Major Last Reviewed: 11/19/1999
Keywords: KB100724