Microsoft KB Archive/58391

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Cancel Button Must Be Chosen Three Times in Error Dialog


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Windows versions 3.0, 3.0a, 3.1, 3.11


In Microsoft Windows 3.0, certain DOS-related system errors (such as attempts to write to a full disk, an unformatted floppy, or a write- protected disk) cause Windows to display an error similar to the following

System Error: Write protected disk

You then have to choose Cancel three times to exit the error dialog box.


This is a feature of MS-DOS. Even though Windows recognizes the failure in one pass, MS-DOS insists on performing two more retries. The same behavior can be observed at the MS-DOS prompt outside of Windows.

Additional query words: 3.00 win30 3.00a 3.10 3.11

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Technology : kbWin3xSearch kbWin300 kbWin300a kbWin310 kbWin311

Last Reviewed: December 12, 1999
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