F5 and F8 Keys Do Not Seem to Affect Startup Files (96332)
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 Q96332
On some fast computers, the "Starting MS-DOS..." message may flash on the
screen too quickly to allow you to press the F5 or F8 function key.
If you have problems getting your computer to respond to the F5 and F8
function keys, make sure the following lines are not in your CONFIG.SYS
switches=/f Skips the 2-second delay after displaying the
"Starting MS-DOS ..." message during startup.
switches=/n Prevents you from using the F5 or F8 key to bypass
NOTE: If you are using MS-DOS 6.2 and DoubleSpace, make sure the above
lines are not in your DBLSPACE.INI file. (DBLSPACE.INI is a hidden, system
file located in the root directory of your host drive.)
You can use a small multiple-configuration menu to determine if the F5 and
F8 function keys are working properly. Adding the following five lines to
the top of your CONFIG.SYS file creates a startup menu that gives you one
menu item. You can then either press ENTER to start your computer, press
the F5 function key to bypass your configuration files, or press the F8
function key to step through the CONFIG.SYS file.
MENUITEM=ONE,Your standard startup...
These statements give you 15 seconds before your CONFIG.SYS and
AUTOEXEC.BAT files are processed. They do not affect the contents of
your CONFIG.SYS file.
Type help multi-config
at the MS-DOS
command prompt to learn more about using multiple-configuration menus.
Type help switches
to learn more about
using the Switches command.
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