Program requires MS-DOS mode

Last Published: April 25, 2020

Solution or Workaround


This error occurs when running the Data Automation Kit (DAK) under Windows 95:

Program requires MS-DOS mode.
The MS-DOS prompt may not run well unless it is in MS-DOS mode.
Do you want to change the short cut properties to make it always run in MS-DOS
mode (Y/N)?


Not applicable


1. Select the N option

2. Click the Properties button (the one with the hand pointing to a piece of paper) in the pcArcTextWindows - COMMAND window.

3. Click the Advanced button under the Program folder.

4. Make sure the following three boxes are not checked:

- Prevent MS-DOS-based programs from detecting Windows
- Suggest MS-DOS mode as necessary
- MS-DOS mode

5. Click the OK buttons to go back to the DAK program

6. Exit and restart the DAK.

The above error message should go away.

Article ID:000001697

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