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Microsoft KB Archive/100724

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DEVICE? and DEVICEHIGH? Statements Not Functioning

Article ID: 100724

Article Last Modified on 11/19/1999


  • Microsoft MS-DOS 6.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 6.2 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 6.21 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 6.22 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q100724


If the timer for MENUDEFAULT reaches zero (0) in multiple configurations, the DEVICE? and DEVICEHIGH? statements do not interactively load the device drivers. This is by design.

The function of the question mark (?) at the end of a DEVICE or DEVICEHIGH statement in the CONFIG.SYS file is to prompt you during startup with a [Y/N] option at the end of the statement. If you choose "Y," the driver is loaded; if you choose "N," the driver is not loaded. If the timer reaches zero, MS-DOS determines that the startup is "hands-off," meaning that no one is available or willing to interactively boot the system.

Additional query words: 6.22 6.00 multi config counter 6.20

Keywords: KB100724