Error on Incorrect Line After SHELL Statement in CONFIG.SYS (98648)

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 Q98648


An error in the CONFIG.SYS file is reported on the wrong line number if the line containing the error follows the SHELL statement. The error is reported on the line after the one that actually contains the error.

For example, the message "Error in CONFIG.SYS line 5" would indicate an error on line 4 if line 4 is located after the SHELL statement.


To work around this problem, position the SHELL line as the last line in your CONFIG.SYS file.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in MS-DOS versions 6.0, 6.2, 6.21, and 6.22. We are researching this problem and will post new information here in the Microsoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.

Modification Type: Major Last Reviewed: 11/19/1999
Keywords: KB98648