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Solved: 16 bit MS-DOS Subsystem Error

Discussion in 'DOS/Other' started by FunLovnRu2, Dec 25, 2004.

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  1. FunLovnRu2

    FunLovnRu2 Thread Starter

    Nov 26, 2004
    I am running XP Home Edition, SP2 on a P4 2.50GHz & 256 MB of RAM.

    I recently started getting the following error when I try to open a game that has played fine on my computer since day one & I also got it while trying to install a program:

    16 bit MS-DOS Subsystem (in title bar)

    C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\AUTOEXEC.NT. The system file is not suitable for
    running MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows applications. Choose 'Close' to
    terminate the application.

    I went to the Microsoft Knowledge Base & found the error here: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;324767.

    I'm not an expert on computers but I follow directions well... provided they are given so they CAN be followed! The first sentence in the 'Resolution' section had me stumped! Insert WHAT CD? :rolleyes:

    Further down in the 'Resolution' section it says I may need my XP CD. What if I only have the 'Recovery Tools' & the 'System Recovery' CD's from HP? Will these work? Do I have to reformat? I tried doing a 'System Restore' to an earlier date which didn't resolve the problem.

    I guess maybe I need someone to hold my hand or maybe I need translation into more simplified terms?! LOL! :confused:

    Can anyone help?

    Thank you,
  2. PinkPanther8


    Jan 2, 2005
    Hi Fun Lovin

    This problem is easy to solve

    Go to Start>Search>Search for Files and Folders

    Run a search for AUTOEXEC.NT

    Right Click on it-- Copy it-- Do not cut it

    Run a search to find your System32 folder

    Paste the AUTOEXEC.NT file into your System32 folder

    That should fix the problem
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