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Bad command or file name

Explanation: The system was unable to execute the program or command you typed.

Diagnosis: You tried to execute a DOS command that was not recognized or found by the system. The most common cause of this problem is simply misspelling the command you tried to type. Otherwise, you could be trying to run a program that doesn't exist on the system, or from the wrong floppy disk. You might also have a problem with the PATH statement in your AUTOEXEC.BAT file. The PATH statement specifies which directories the system should automatically search for programs that you run.

Recommendation:

  • Check the command you are trying to run for spelling errors.
  • Make sure that the command you are trying to run is in the directory you are in.
  • Edit the PATH command in your AUTOEXEC.BAT file, if you are trying to run a command in another directory that should be accessible from anywhere.

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