Microsoft KB Archive/105668
Article ID: 105668
Article Last Modified on 7/30/2001
This article was previously published under Q105668
You may receive the following error message when you start the MS-DOS Prompt or an MS-DOS-based application:
The above error message may occur if you are running Novell NetWare and have not installed Windows with Novell connectivity, or if the MS-DOS-based application you are trying to run requires more than 256 bytes of environment space.
- If Windows 3.0 or later is running on a Novell NetWare network, make sure that the appropriate network selection is made in Windows Setup.
If the MS-DOS-based application requires more than 256 bytes of environment space and you are running Windows 3.1 or later, add the following line to the SYSTEM.INI file under the [NonWindowsApp] section:
1024 bytes should work properly; however, the setting can be set as high as 32,768 bytes. The value must be either zero or between 160 and 32768.
This is a global setting that affects all virtual machines (VMs).
With Windows 2.x and later, you can create a program information file (PIF) to increase the environment space for the single application. Use the following settings in the PIF:
For Windows 3.0:
Field Setting ===== ======= Program FileName Command.COM Window Title My Program Optional Parameters /e:2048 /c C:\mydir\myprog.exe Startup Directory C:\mydir
For Windows 2.x:
Field Setting ===== ======= Program Name Command.COM Program Title My Program Program Parameters /e:2048 /c C:\mydir\myprog.exe Initial Directory C:\mydir
"/e:2048" is the size of the environment space in bytes; this value also ranges from 160 to 32768.
"Mydir" is the name of the directory that contains the executable of the program.
"Myprog.exe" is the name of the program.
"/C" specifies that the command processor is to execute MYPROG.EXE and then terminate itself.
Additional query words: tshoot 2.10 2.11 3.00 3.00a 3.10 insufficient vm virtual machine box DOSapp out of environment space information