DOSSHELL.INI Archive Attribute Is Not Set (94893)

The information in this article applies to:
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 5.0
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 5.0a

This article was previously published under Q94893


The archive attribute (a) on the MS-DOS Shell file DOSSHELL.INI is not set when modifications are made to the MS-DOS Shell that require rewriting the DOSSHELL.INI file.


The archive attribute is used to mark files that have changed. The MS-DOS commands BACKUP, RESTORE and XCOPY can use the archive attribute.

Configuration information is written to DOSSHELL.INI when changes are made to the MS-DOS Shell.


To set the archive attribute on the DOSSHELL.INI, type the following at the MS-DOS command prompt

attrib +a <path>\dosshell.ini

where <path> is the drive and directory where your MS-DOS files currently reside. For example, if your MS-DOS files are on drive C in the DOS directory, type the following:

attrib +a c:\dos\dosshell.ini


"Microsoft MS-DOS User's Guide and Reference," version 5.0, Chapter 14

Modification Type: Major Last Reviewed: 9/30/2003
Keywords: KB94893