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How to disable DOS-Shell in MS_DOS-5.0 help.

Sega

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I have MS-DOS 5.0 installed on two older machines. During the start up, Dos-Shell always boots at the end. Even though it was very innovative for its time I don't have much use for it and I'd like to skip it and go directly to the command prompt . Is there a proper way to disable it?

Thanks in advance for any help.
 

Sega

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IIRC, you could find the appropriate invocation in AUTOEXEC.BAT. If it's not there, look at CONFIG.SYS.

Thanks much for your reply. This is what AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS currently looks like:

@ECHO OFF
PROMPT $p$g
PATH C:\DOS
SET TEMP=C:\DOS
C:\DOS\DOSSHELL


DEVICE=C:\DOS\SETVER.EXE
DEVICE=C:\DOS\HIMEM.SYS
DOS=HIGH
FILES=10

So, all I have to do is edit and get rid of the "C:\DOS\DOSSHELL" line correct?
 

KC9UDX

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Correct. Either delete the line or put a semicolon in front of it.

I sure dont tecall DOSs Hell being innovative at the time.. There were better thirdparty utilities like that years prior.
 

Sega

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Ok deleted the line and the shell is gone. What line do I need to put in order to get the DOS greeting version of: "Microsoft (R) MS-DOS(R) version 5.00 (c)copyright Microsoft Corp 1981-1991" ??
 

Sega

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just add

VER

at the end of AUTOEXEC.BAT

Cool, did that but I only get the "MS-DOS Version 5.00". Is there a away to get the whole sentence of :"Microsoft (R) MS-DOS(R) version 5.00 (c)copyright Microsoft Corp 1981-1991" ?

Thanks!
 

jmetal88

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Cool, did that but I only get the "MS-DOS Version 5.00". Is there a away to get the whole sentence of :"Microsoft (R) MS-DOS(R) version 5.00 (c)copyright Microsoft Corp 1981-1991" ?

Thanks!

Oh, you get the output you're looking for just by running COMMAND.COM again. Normally it only does that when you don't have an AUTOEXEC.BAT.
 

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It seems that "VER" will give you most of the information you want. Put it in the autoexec.bat file. Can't try it out on this computer, but I don't think it gives everything you want.
 

Caluser2000

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The type command can display that if you can use a text file ( for example dosver.txt) with that text in it and put - "type dosver.txt" without quotes in the autoexect.bat
 
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Sega

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Ah ok I see no biggie. Thanks everyone for your help :thumbsup:
 
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