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MS-DOS Editor Hangs If MS-DOS Environment Is Too Small

Article ID: 105187

Article Last Modified on 5/6/2003


  • Microsoft MS-DOS 5.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 5.0a
  • 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 Q105187


MS-DOS Editor may stop responding (hang) if the MS-DOS environment is too small.


To correct this problem, edit your CONFIG.SYS file (using a text editor other than MS-DOS Editor) to increase the value specified by the /E parameter on your SHELL command. For example:


This sets the size of your MS-DOS environment to 4096 bytes.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in MS-DOS version 5.0, 5.0a, 6.0, 6.2, 6.21. We are researching this problem and will post new information here in the Microsoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.

Additional query words: 6.22 5.00 5.00a 6.00 6.20

Keywords: KB105187