Autoexec.bat with Windows?

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Ron the Geek

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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?
 

WhitPhil

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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?
 

JohnWill

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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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