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Sega
March 24th, 2015, 05:17 PM
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.

Chuck(G)
March 24th, 2015, 05:39 PM
IIRC, you could find the appropriate invocation in AUTOEXEC.BAT. If it's not there, look at CONFIG.SYS.

Sega
March 24th, 2015, 06:07 PM
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?

Caluser2000
March 24th, 2015, 06:21 PM
Just delete the C:\dos\dosshell statement in you autoexec.bat file.

KC9UDX
March 24th, 2015, 06:21 PM
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
March 24th, 2015, 07:47 PM
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" ??

markyb86
March 24th, 2015, 08:02 PM
just add

VER

at the end of AUTOEXEC.BAT

Sega
March 24th, 2015, 08:07 PM
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
March 24th, 2015, 08:11 PM
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.

byates
March 24th, 2015, 08:15 PM
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
March 24th, 2015, 08:20 PM
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

Sega
March 24th, 2015, 08:27 PM
Ah ok I see no biggie. Thanks everyone for your help :thumbsup: