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Autoexec.bat with Windows?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Ron the Geek, Jan 19, 2007.

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  1. Ron the Geek

    Ron the Geek Thread Starter

    Nov 22, 2006
    Again, for those who don't know, I work on used computers for resale. Many of the machines that come in here have autoexec.bat files in the on the local drive (root directory.) How does a DOS file that's supposed to launch at startup work in Windows and why would someone even need an autoexec.bat file in Windows?
  2. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

    Oct 4, 2000
    In the case of XP, Autoexec.bat is not processed but "I believe" autoexec.nt is.

    "initiate a DOS file at startup"
    Do you mean you have a DOS program that starts at bootup?

    if it is in a RUN key or startup folder, it should be fine.

    The BAT files may be leftovers from a PC that has been upgraded from Win98?
  3. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    XP will still process environment variables found in the AUTOEXEC.BAT file. Most of the other commands are ignored. I just set the variables using the XP interface anyway.
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