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Decompressing a File Manually in Word for MS-DOS

PSS ID Number: Q108381 Article last modified on 11-03-1994

====================================================================== 5.50 6.00 MS-DOS kbother

The information in this article applies to:
- Microsoft Word for MS-DOS, versions 5.5, 6.0

SUMMARY

Most files on the Word 5.5 and 6.0 disks are compressed and can be distinguished from the uncompressed files by the dollar sign ($) that occupies the last character position in the file extension.

The Setup program will automatically decompress a compressed file when it copies the file to disk during the installation of Word. Setup can also be used to decompress a file using the following command syntax:

SETUP /d [source file] [destination file]

Typing this command may give you a bad command or file error, or a source file not found error.

In order for Setup to decompress a file using this command syntax, the WORD55.INF file must be located in the same drive and directory path as SETUP.EXE. If Setup does not find this file, Setup will display the message

Information file is not in current directory

and the specified file will not be decompressed successfully.

If no destination file is specified when Setup is invoked, Setup will create an uncompressed file on disk with the name that is stored in the compressed file’s header.

WORKAROUNDS

Workaround 1

Use the following procedure to copy the SETUP.EXE and the WORD55.INF files to your hard drive. These files can be found on the Word Setup disk. Note: this procedure assumes your floppy disk drive is drive A and your Word program directory is called WORD and is on drive C; adjust as necessary.

  1. Insert the Word Setup disk in drive A.

  2. At the MS-DOS prompt, type the following and press ENTER:

    copy a:.exe c:

  3. At the MS-DOS prompt, type the following and press ENTER:

    copy a:55.inf c:

  4. Insert the disk that has the compressed printer drivers (that is, <filename>.PR$ – for example, the Word Printers disk has .PR$ files in two directories: PRINT1 and PRINT2).

  5. At the MS-DOS prompt, change to the Word program directory, type the following and press ENTER:

    setup /d a:.pr$ c:.prd

This will decompress the PostScript printer driver from the Printers disk to a file called POSTSCRP.PRD in the Word program directory.

Workaround 2

  1. Copy the <filename>.PR$ file to the Word program directory on your hard disk.

  2. Insert the Word Setup disk in drive A.

  3. At the MS-DOS prompt, type the following and press ENTER:

    a:/d c:.pr$ c:.prd

This command will run the Setup program from your floppy disk and find the source file on the hard drive.

REFERENCES

“Getting Started,” version 5.5, page 67

KBCategory: kbother KBSubcategory: Additional reference words: 5.50 6.00 ====================================================================== ============================================================================= Copyright Microsoft Corporation 1994.