Running Apex II Sketching Program from a DoubleSpace Volume (97605)

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 6.22

This article was previously published under Q97605


This information applies to both Microsoft DoubleSpace and Microsoft DriveSpace. For MS-DOS 6.22, use DRVSPACE in place of DBLSPACE for commands and filenames.

When you run Apex II Sketching Program after installing DoubleSpace, the program demonstration may run instead of the full program.


According to Apex technical support, a batch file is used to run the Apex II Sketching Program instead of the demonstration. The copy protection scheme used by Apex makes it necessary to launch the program with a batch file if you are using DoubleSpace.


To work around this problem, create an APEX.BAT file and edit the LICENSE.BAT file. To do this:

    Determine the host drive for the compressed drive that contains the Apex software. To do this, type DBLSPACE /LIST at the MS-DOS command prompt and then press ENTER.

    NOTE: Steps 2, 3, and 4 assume the host drive is H.
    Change to the DoubleSpace-compressed drive that contains the Apex software. For example, type C: at the MS-DOS command prompt and press ENTER.
    Change to the Apex directory, delete the MOVE.COM file, and copy the LICENSE.EXE file. To do this, type the following at the MS-DOS command prompt (press ENTER after each line):

    copy license.exe h:\license1.exe

    Use MS-DOS Editor to create a batch file named APEX.BAT in the Apex directory with these entries:
          @echo off

    Using MS-DOS Editor, edit the LICENSE.BAT file so it reads as follows:
          @echo off
          h:\license1 %1
          copy h:\license.*
    NOTE: The period (.) and asterisk (*) are important on the COPY line.
You can now run the Apex II Sketching Program by typing apex at the MS-DOS command prompt.

The Apex product included here is manufactured by a vendor independent of Microsoft; we make no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding this product's performance or reliability.

Modification Type: Major Last Reviewed: 11/21/1999
Keywords: KB97605