RESTORE Err Msg: 'Incorrect DOS Version' (97473)

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 Q97473


You may receive the following error message after you use the RESTORE command at the MS-DOS command prompt:

Incorrect DOS version


This error message occurs because a RESTORE.COM file exists in your DOS directory. RESTORE.COM ships with original equipment manufacturer (OEM) versions of MS-DOS 5.0. (RESTORE.EXE ships with MS-DOS 6.x.)

MS-DOS 6 and later Upgrade only removes the files it is replacing. Because of this, RESTORE.COM remains in the directory. MS-DOS looks for files to execute in the following order: .COM, .EXE, and lastly, .BAT. When you use the RESTORE command at the MS-DOS command prompt, RESTORE.COM (not RESTORE.EXE) is executed. Therefore, you receive the error message.


To correct this problem, delete RESTORE.COM from the DOS directory.

Modification Type: Major Last Reviewed: 11/19/1999
Keywords: KB97473