Unable to run older game OR MS-DOS



Knight
07-10-2005, 01:46 AM
I am trying to install one of my older games, X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter on my
computer which is running Windows XP.

When either I attempt to install the game or go into MS-DOS by typing in
'command' in the Run menu, the same continual error appears stated below:

C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\AUTOEXEC.NT. The system file is not suitable for running
MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows applications. Choose 'Close' to terminate the
application.

I have tried running the same program on my sister's laptop which is newer
than the current computer I am using and also running on Windows XP, yet it
works fine.

If anyone has an idea as to why this error is popping up or better yet, how
to fix it, I would appreciate any information.

Rich Barry
07-10-2005, 01:46 AM
Check this thread out
http://www.iamnotageek.com/a/413-p1.php

"Knight" <Knight@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:1C5755A6-D4EE-48C7-B21F-79948FEFEC8D@microsoft.com...
>I am trying to install one of my older games, X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter on my
> computer which is running Windows XP.
>
> When either I attempt to install the game or go into MS-DOS by typing in
> 'command' in the Run menu, the same continual error appears stated below:
>
> C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\AUTOEXEC.NT. The system file is not suitable for
> running
> MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows applications. Choose 'Close' to terminate the
> application.
>
> I have tried running the same program on my sister's laptop which is newer
> than the current computer I am using and also running on Windows XP, yet
> it
> works fine.
>
> If anyone has an idea as to why this error is popping up or better yet,
> how
> to fix it, I would appreciate any information.

Patti MacLeod
07-10-2005, 01:46 AM
Hi Knight,

Have a look at the information here, provided courtesy of Kelly Theriot:

MS-DOS or 16-bit Windows-based program Error Message
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_m.htm#16bit



Regards,

--
Patti MacLeod
Microsoft MVP - Windows Shell/User

"Knight" <Knight@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:1C5755A6-D4EE-48C7-B21F-79948FEFEC8D@microsoft.com...
> I am trying to install one of my older games, X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter on my
> computer which is running Windows XP.
>
> When either I attempt to install the game or go into MS-DOS by typing in
> 'command' in the Run menu, the same continual error appears stated below:
>
> C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\AUTOEXEC.NT. The system file is not suitable for
running
> MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows applications. Choose 'Close' to terminate the
> application.
>
> I have tried running the same program on my sister's laptop which is newer
> than the current computer I am using and also running on Windows XP, yet
it
> works fine.
>
> If anyone has an idea as to why this error is popping up or better yet,
how
> to fix it, I would appreciate any information.

Kathea Banshou
07-10-2005, 01:46 AM
In XP, to get a command prompt, you type "cmd" rather than "command". It's a
different command interpreter.

"Knight" wrote:

> I am trying to install one of my older games, X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter on my
> computer which is running Windows XP.
>
> When either I attempt to install the game or go into MS-DOS by typing in
> 'command' in the Run menu, the same continual error appears stated below:
>
> C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\AUTOEXEC.NT. The system file is not suitable for running
> MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows applications. Choose 'Close' to terminate the
> application.
>
> I have tried running the same program on my sister's laptop which is newer
> than the current computer I am using and also running on Windows XP, yet it
> works fine.
>
> If anyone has an idea as to why this error is popping up or better yet, how
> to fix it, I would appreciate any information.

Ken Blake
07-10-2005, 01:46 AM
In news:489A3C1B-1B81-4CA3-9D92-6744B4CE1A43@microsoft.com,
Kathea Banshou <KatheaBanshou@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:

> In XP, to get a command prompt, you type "cmd" rather than
> "command".
> It's a different command interpreter.


No, both command and cmd work. Somewhat differently, but both can
be used. Although cmd is the normal command prompt, command.com
is a 16-bit prompt needed for compatibility with some legacy
applications. Whether the application he mentions below requires
command.com or not, I don't know. but it's certainly possible.

--
Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
Please reply to the newsgroup




> "Knight" wrote:
>
>> I am trying to install one of my older games, X-Wing vs. TIE
>> Fighter
>> on my computer which is running Windows XP.
>>
>> When either I attempt to install the game or go into MS-DOS by
>> typing in 'command' in the Run menu, the same continual error
>> appears stated below:
>>
>> C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\AUTOEXEC.NT. The system file is not
>> suitable for
>> running MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows applications. Choose
>> 'Close' to
>> terminate the application.
>>
>> I have tried running the same program on my sister's laptop
>> which is
>> newer than the current computer I am using and also running on
>> Windows XP, yet it works fine.
>>
>> If anyone has an idea as to why this error is popping up or
>> better
>> yet, how to fix it, I would appreciate any information.

Donald McDaniel
07-10-2005, 01:46 AM
On Tue, 31 May 2005 08:50:35 -0700, "Ken Blake"
<kblake@this.is.an.invalid.domain> wrote:

>In news:489A3C1B-1B81-4CA3-9D92-6744B4CE1A43@microsoft.com,
>Kathea Banshou <KatheaBanshou@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
>
>> In XP, to get a command prompt, you type "cmd" rather than
>> "command".
>> It's a different command interpreter.
>
>
>No, both command and cmd work. Somewhat differently, but both can
>be used. Although cmd is the normal command prompt, command.com
>is a 16-bit prompt needed for compatibility with some legacy
>applications. Whether the application he mentions below requires
>command.com or not, I don't know. but it's certainly possible.

**** NOTE **** that command.com is NOT "MS-DOS", but only the "command
interpreter" for MS-DOS, which includes both io.sys and msdos.sys
(which are zero-length files in XP.) Not only are they not supplied
with XP in any useful form, they are INCOMPATIBLE with XP, since XP
has its own hardware-addressing sub-systems, brought in from Windows
NT.

When command.com is run under XP, the commands passed to it are
translated into NT commands by the XP hardware sub-system before they
are executed. This is why not all MS-DOS programs are completely
workable under XP, since some MS-DOS commands are un-translatable,
using different argument structures than XP, or calling routines in
the hardware sub-system which do not exist, or which exist in a
different form than in MS-DOS.

Donald L McDaniel
Please reply to the original thread
so that others may be instructed or informed
============================================

Galen
07-10-2005, 01:46 AM
In news:1C5755A6-D4EE-48C7-B21F-79948FEFEC8D@microsoft.com,
Knight <Knight@discussions.microsoft.com> had this to say:

My reply is at the bottom of your sent message:

> I am trying to install one of my older games, X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter
> on my computer which is running Windows XP.
>
> When either I attempt to install the game or go into MS-DOS by typing
> in 'command' in the Run menu, the same continual error appears stated
> below:
>
> C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\AUTOEXEC.NT. The system file is not suitable for
> running MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows applications. Choose 'Close' to
> terminate the application.
>
> I have tried running the same program on my sister's laptop which is
> newer than the current computer I am using and also running on
> Windows XP, yet it works fine.
>
> If anyone has an idea as to why this error is popping up or better
> yet, how to fix it, I would appreciate any information.

All of the answers about the 16 bit error are correct but I'd like to
mention that there's no DOS in XP and only a basic interpreter and no amount
of messing with it will get some older (very older) or poorly coded
applications to run. I suspect that the fix offered will work but I'll offer
you another option as well. It's free and fairly simple but there is a
learning curve.

DOSBox, a x86 emulator with DOS:
http://dosbox.sourceforge.net/

Galen
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Unable to run older game OR MS-DOS