Running Excel 2.1 with Run-time Windows and MS-DOS 5.0 (74048)
The information in this article applies to:
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 5.0
This article was previously published under Q74048
The following error message may be displayed when you attempt to run
Microsoft Excel version 2.1 with run-time Windows under MS-DOS 5.0.
The problem isn't with Excel, but with the run-time version of
Windows, which is not compatible with MS-DOS 5.0 HIMEM.SYS.
To get Excel 2.1 and run-time Windows to work properly, reinstall the run-
time version of Windows with the "No Extended Memory" option during Setup.
At this point, Setup determines which of the following user files to load:
• USERS.EXE, which is called the "skinny user," because it allows no
high memory functionality
• USERF.EXE, which is called the "fat user," because it uses high
In this case, you will use USERS.EXE.
Note that using USERS.EXE will decrease the available memory for Excel
by approximately 40K because it can no longer use the high memory area
(HMA). However, by loading DOS into the HMA, more space will be
available in conventional memory, so this will not be a problem. If an
80386 coprocessor is present, you can free more conventional memory by
loading device drivers and terminate-and-stay-resident (TSR) programs
into the upper memory area.
Another workaround is to NOT use HIMEM.SYS. However, this will not
allow for the use of any extended memory. Therefore, the first
workaround is more functional for most users.
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