Forcedos

Starts the specified program in the MS-DOS subsystem. This command is necessary only for those MS-DOS programs not recognized as such by Windows XP.

Syntax

forcedos [/d directory] FileName [parameters]

Parameters

/d directory : Specifies the current directory for the specified program to use.

FileName : Required. Specifies the program to start. If not in the current directory or path, you must specify the drive letter or directories to the program.

parameters : Specifies parameters to pass to the program.

/?: Displays help at the command prompt.

Remarks

Windows XP does not use this command. It is accepted only for compatibility with MS-DOS files. 

This tool is not available on Windows XP 64-Bit Edition. 

Some MS-DOS programs are not recognized by Windows XP as MS-DOS programs. Use forcedos to start these programs.

All programs that you start with forcedos are opened as MS-DOS applications.

Examples

To start the Myprog program in the \Oldapps directory so that you can use the \Reports directory, type:

forcedos /d reports \oldapps\myprog

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