MS-DOS Shell Error Message: Unable to Load COMMAND.COM (73316)
The information in this article applies to:
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 5.0
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 5.0a
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.0
This article was previously published under Q73316
You may get the following error message when trying to run an
application from MS-DOS Shell:
Unable to load COMMAND.COM or DOSSWAP.EXE.
Your DOSSHELL.INI may be corrupt.
To correct this problem, the DOSSHELL.INI file must be expanded from the
Microsoft MS-DOS 5 or 6 Upgrade disks. There are different DOSSHELL.INI
files for various video systems. Because there is no compressed .INI file
for VGA video systems, the EGA.IN_ must be expanded for VGA video systems.
The names of the compressed INI files are as follows:
MONO.IN_ 2990 04-09-91 5:00a
CGA.IN_ 3330 04-09-91 5:00a
EGA.IN_ 3333 04-09-91 5:00a
For MS-DOS 5, these files can be found on Disk 3 (5.25-inch disk set)
or Disk 2 (3.5-inch set).
For MS-DOS 6, these files are on Disk 1 (both disk sets).
The following command is an example of how to expand the EGA MS-DOS
Shell .INI file to the \DOS directory on drive C. Type the following
from the drive that contains the MS-DOS 5.0 upgrade disk:
EXPAND EGA.IN_ C:\DOS\DOSSHELL.INI
For more information on installing DOSSHELL.INI files, see pages 44-46
of the version 5.0 "Microsoft MS-DOS Getting Started" manual. For
version 6.0, refer to page 195 of the "Microsoft MS-DOS User's Guide"
and to online help.
For more information on MS-DOS Shell, query on the following words:
MS-DOS and DOSSHELL and <version number>
where <version number> is the version of MS-DOS that you are using.
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