MS-DOS 6.x Upgrade Does Not Update SHELL= in CONFIG.SYS (96330)

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 Q96330


Unlike previous versions of Microsoft MS-DOS, when you install MS-DOS 6.x Upgrade, the Shell command in the CONFIG.SYS file is not updated if you are not using COMMAND.COM.


If you are using a third-party shell with MS-DOS 6.0 or 6.2, you may have problems with multiple-configuration menus, MemMaker, and the startup function keys (F5 and F8).

To correct these problems, either use COMMAND.COM or contact your third-party shell manufacturer for an updated version.

The default Shell command for MS-DOS 6 Upgrade or MS-DOS 6.2 is as follows:
   shell=c:\dos\ c:\dos /p
If the current Shell is COMMAND.COM, Setup updates the path, keeps the /E parameter (if there is one), and adds the /P parameter if it does not already exist.

Modification Type: Major Last Reviewed: 11/16/1999
Keywords: KB96330