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How to Open MS-DOS App in Win 7...?

I was saving an Important doc in a NotePad as usual, but when I went back the next day to open, it Wouldn't!? Can Anyone Plz help?
Win 7 Home Prem - Dell Insp 1545 - 64 bit OS - Pentium (R) Dual Core CPU - T4300 @ 2.10 GHz Processor. I have 5 Hrs of work saved in that file & I don't understand Why it saved as a MS-Dos app & why it Won't open. Really Appreciate Anyone's Help! Thx!

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Just a quick idea.

Run Notepad and then on its File, Open, click and have it show All Files, then navigate to that folder then open that file. (from Notepad, not Explorer)

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That's the Path I Took... Thx!

Thanks Bob... that's Exactly how I discovered the Encoding Error... Thx for the input!

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Glad you got it sorted

Good work.


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Thank youuuuu!!!! your quick idea has saved my work ;))))
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MS DOS App in Win 7

Hi Bob,

I did what you suggested to the post earlier and it loaded the file in symbols and was not decipherable. I read on another thread that if i rename the file with .txt it would open up but same issue. Any tips?


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For now, I suggest a fresh new post with more detail.

This thread is more than 561 days old so let's start fresh.

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Thanks u very much.....

thanks your answer save my work..............................................really appreciate Happy Happy Happy

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What is the file extension?

What is the file extension of this file you saved?

What happened when you tried to open this file? What error messages?

Where does MS-Dos come into this?

What happens if you do this? Open Notepad itself, no files, just Notepad. Goto File > Open, navigate to where this file is, then select it. Does Notepad open and display the contents of this file? If not, what happens and what do you see?


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Reply to Mark Re: More Info

Hey Mark,

My file ended up in 'My Docs'... NOT Notepad.

When I hover over the file, it says: Type: MS-DOS Application.

When I Click to open, the Error message window w/ the Red X reads:

"The version of this file is not compatible with the version of Windows you're running. Check your computer's system information to see whether you need an x86 (32-bit) or x64 (64-bit) version of the program, and then contact the software publisher."

ALSO: When I click on "Properties"... under the General Tab it reads: Type of File: MS-DOS Application (.com)

Btw, I also found ANOTHER Small file that saved the SAME way... Just don't understand what happened & WHY... if it saved it as a MS-DOS App on my Laptop, then WHY can't it open it back up? Thanks for trying to help. MUCH Appreciated!!!

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Found a FIX!!! Encoding Error!

I opened up the Notepad & when I couldn't locate my
file, I selected "ALL Files"...

Found it there, THEN, I Changed the Encoding from the
Default ANSI to UFT-8...

The File opened with NO problem...

I Still Don't understand,
but it worked After


Hope my Screw-up helps someone else
in the future.

Thanks Again for the interest in assisting me! Its good to
know that there are GOOD people out there willing to help a complete
stranger without expecting something in return... Special Thx to Mark & Grif...

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Tried Simply Renaming The File??

It sounds like it was named with an incorrect file extension.. RIGHT
click on the file, then rename it with a .txt file extension. It should
then open in Notepad again. You'll need to make sure that file extensions are showing in Control Panel-Folder Options-View tab. (UNCHECK "hide extensions for known file types".)

Hope this helps.


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