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    DosKey

    I have a pc caught in a loop - when booting up after the win98 flash appears the system says:

    doskey loaded: please insert game disk and press key

    game will load or if no disk supplied the Abort Retry Fail appears - A or F result in the statement "press a key to restart system"

    System then restarts but goes back to the first message (doskey)

    Cold booting the machine does not make any difference.

    How do we get out of this loop?
    What is DOSkey?

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    Re: DosKey

    Instead of pressing any key, press CTRL+C at the same time.

    Then type the following in sequence:

    <hr>C:<enter>
    rename autoexec.bat autoexec.bax <enter><hr>

    This *May* effect some of your devices, if you're using old equipment, if it does, let us know, we'll want to see what your autoexec.bat looks like before we can fix that. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    Hope that helps!
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    Re: DosKey

    Hi
    DOSKEY.com loads a program that lets you (or your system) re-program the keys on your keyboard, via batch file. (eg. 'B' in DOS on mine opens the Autoexec.bat file for editing). Get to the DOS prompt (try F5 or F8 just before Windows boots) type edit Autoexec.bat and REM out any line with doskey.com in it.
    If there's nothing in the rest of the file that's of any use, you can probably do away with it. Win 2k no longer uses it. However, in Win9x on your system, it may set things like 'Path' without which certain programs would not be found. Treat it with care until you know for sure.
    Rgds

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