Windows Expand Utility Doesn't Correctly Expand MS-DOS Files (98106)
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
• Microsoft Windows 3.1
• Microsoft Windows 3.11
• Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.1
• Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.11
This article was previously published under Q98106
If you expand an MS-DOS program file with the Windows Expand utility,
and then execute the file from within Windows, one of the following
error messages may be displayed:
In addition, the icon for a Windows-based MS-DOS 6.0 utility may
appear as a generic MS-DOS icon.
The Expand utility included with Microsoft Windows 3.1 or Windows for
Workgroups 3.1 does not correctly expand MS-DOS 6.0 files. The Windows
Expand utility only copies the files from the MS-DOS 6.0 disk to the
target directory; it does not expand them.
NOTE: You may accidentally use the Windows Expand utility if the
Windows directory is in the path before the MS-DOS directory.
If a Windows-based MS-DOS utility is still compressed, its icon appears as
a generic MS-DOS icon, instead of its usual icon.
To properly expand files from the MS-DOS disks, you must use the MS-DOS
Expand utility (EXPAND.EXE), which correctly expands MS-DOS files, as well
as Windows 3.1 and Windows for Workgroups 3.1 files.
The MS-DOS 6 Expand utility (EXPAND.EXE) is located on Disk 1 of the
720-kilobyte (K), 1.2-megabyte (MB), and 1.44-MB disk sets and on Disk
3 of the 360K disk set. It can also be found in the MS-DOS directory
if you have already installed MS-DOS 6.0 or 6.2.
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