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Microsoft KB Archive/104046

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PRB: Cannot Execute WLINK8.EXE

ID: Q104046

The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft FoxPro for MS-DOS, versions 2.0, 2.5, and 2.5a


FoxPro generates the error message "Cannot execute WLINK8.EXE."


This error may be caused by one of the following conditions:

  • WLINK8.EXE is not the FoxPro directory or the directory is not in the path.
  • The computer may not have enough free conventional memory.


Make sure WLINK8.EXE is in the FoxPro directory and make sure the FoxPro directory is in the MS-DOS search path. If FoxPro is installed on a Novell network, the FoxPro directory should be on a search-mapped drive, not a mapped drive.

If your machine does not have enough free conventional memory:

1. Make sure that COMMAND.COM can be found; use SHELL= with the /P

   parameter in the CONFIG.SYS file. For example:


2. Make sure FOXSWAP.COM and PROAPI16.EXE are in the FoxPro directory.

   NOTE: The PROAPI16.EXE file is external to FoxPro 2.0, but is built into
   FoxPro versions 2.5 and later.

3. If you are using the Extended version of FoxPro for MS-DOS, make

   sure DOSMEM=OFF is in the CONFIG.FP file.

4. Try other methods to free more conventional memory. Additional reference words: FoxDos 2.00 2.50 2.50a WLINK WLINK8 errmsg err msg novel KBCategory: kbprg kberrmsg kbprb KBSubcategory:

Last Reviewed: April 20, 1995
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