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WINDOWS 7 RE DOS PROGRAMS

by ahitiri / November 11, 2010 2:41 PM PST

When testing a DOS app on a new WINDOWS 7 PRO system with a French kboard I have discovered that Windows toggles to the ENGLISH kboard when the .exe file is run. The app has been compiled on a XP PRO system and has been running on all versions of Windows so far.
More amazing is that the DOS screen on the W.7 system does manage the french keys.I compile multiuser business apps. with QUICKSILVER 1.3 1989 from WORDTECH SYSTEM which are often running in background while the users run MS OFFICE programs in foreground.Is changing the cmd.exe in the W.7 system32 a solution ?

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Sounds familiar.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 11, 2010 4:44 PM PST
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running DOS apps on WINDOWS 7 with a foreign kboard
by ahitiri / November 18, 2010 3:42 PM PST
In reply to: Sounds familiar.

You put me on the right trail BOB : I have discovered that W.7 reads a CONFIG.NT and a AUTOEXEC.NT when the DOS EXE file loads in memory. I have been able to locate read and edit both in the system32 folder but am not sure which codes will trigger the french kboard I am using. I am still investigating. ahitiri - TAHITI

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french keyboard layout on W7 VISTA some XP SP3
by ahitiri / December 6, 2010 11:55 AM PST
In reply to: Sounds familiar.

Found the solution from a forum : add this command to the end of CONFIG.NT COUNTRY=032,850,C:\Windows\System32\COUNTRY.SYS then to the end of AUTOEXEC.NT :
C:\Windows\System32\KB16 FR,850,C:\Windows\System32\KEYBOARD.SYS
any DOS 16bit exe will then reverse QWERTY to AZERTY... Ahitiri in Tahiti

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As it was in DOS so it is again.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 7, 2010 2:38 AM PST

THANK YOU FOR THE UPDATE.

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