MS-DOS: No Interactive Boot Option for the AUTOEXEC.BAT File (97504)

The information in this article applies to:
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.0

This article was previously published under Q97504


The interactive boot option included with MS-DOS 6.0 (the F8 key) works with the CONFIG.SYS file only; it does not work with the AUTOEXEC.BAT file. Stepping through a batch file using the interactive boot option is not a feature of MS-DOS 6.0. You can, however, use the CHOICE and IF ERRORLEVEL commands to step through the AUTOEXEC.BAT file.

NOTE: This information does not apply to later versions of MS-DOS.


The CHOICE command provides the ability to prompt for input while running a batch file program. With the CHOICE command, you can display a specified prompt and then pause for user input. For example, if you add the following line to a batch file program

CHOICE /C:ABC Choose an Option

the user sees the following when CHOICE is started:

Choose an Option [A,B,C,]?

For more information on using the CHOICE command, type help choice at the MS-DOS command prompt.

Modification Type: Major Last Reviewed: 11/16/1999
Keywords: KB97504