Upgraded to Windows XP from Win ME, and appear to have problem with .com files

07-10-2005, 02:36 AM

Was working with assembly language in windows ME.
Am only a beginner with assembly but every thing was cool
could go to the CLI Command.com and run my programs (which where only very
Installed Windows XP over Windows ME.
now I seem to be having a problem with .com files
ml.exe(Microsft Macro Assembler) runs fine
Anything with .com extension takes a brief moment then prints this to the
CLI window
C:\WINDOWS>Debug ' Example directory'
Bad Command of file name

System Restore detects that a restore was the last operation completed.
It is recommended you now revert the changes to your system made by
system Restore and restart before you proceed. If you choose not to revert
these changes, this option will no longer be available.
1. Revert the restore changes made to my system.
2. Do not revert the Restore changes made to my system.
Enter a choice:
Bad command or file name

System Restore reverted the changes made by the last restore operation.

Remove disks from the floppy disk drives and press CTRL+ALT+DELETE to
And then it runs the debug.com program. It doesnt even allow me to make
any of the choices it seems to be asking for.
Maybe the print out there is some residule of some other operation that is
stuck in wherever it is.

If I try to run any program with .com extension I will get either the Above
text and then the program running or '16 bit MS-DOS Subsystem error message
:- Error while setting up environment for the application. Choose'Close' to
terminate the application' warning

The simple 'hello world' type assembly programs worked fine with Windows ME,
and also on the assembly debugger.

command.com starts with the above garbage message
cmd.exe starts fine but dont run 'debug' and displays the above garbage
message before running .com file once

Also, another thing I have noticed. After installing windows XP, it seems
to want to access the floppy disk with alot of simple actions, like opening
desktop folders and running some programs. I put a floppy in the drive just
so it shuts up.

Any help will be fantastic. Any more info I will give

Other info
Pentium 4
CPU 2.80 GHz
2.81Ghz, 480MB of RAM

Microsoft Windows XP [version 5.1.2600]


Where do I change this PATH?????


Upgraded to Windows XP from Win ME, and appear to have problem with .com files