Using the [common] Section with Multiple Configurations (93654)

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 Q93654


If you use multiple configurations in your CONFIG.SYS file, you should use a [common] section for the device drivers and environment statements you would normally use for all of your configurations.

If you place the [common] section at the end of your CONFIG.SYS file, you greatly increase the chances that a setup or installation program will correctly update your CONFIG.SYS file.

For example, when you install a CD-ROM drive, the installation software adds the device driver to the CONFIG.SYS file. It will probably add the device driver at the bottom, in the [common] section. If you had [Development] as your last section, the CD-ROM driver would be available only under that configuration, instead of every configuration.

Modification Type: Major Last Reviewed: 11/19/1999
Keywords: KB93654