Command Interpreter Ansi Support

by Wayne Maples [Published on 20 April 2004 / Last Updated on 20 April 2004]

If you want ansi support for Windows NT, Windows 2000 or Windows XP, you need to load the ansi.sys driver when the shell interpreter loads. The best approach is to create a new shortcut for such that the ansi.sys driver is available when it opens.

Create config file %systemroot%\system32\ansi.nt and include the following config commands:


  • Create a shortcut to on the desktop
  • Right-click the shortcut
  • Select Programs tab
  • For NT : click the Windows NT button
    For Windows 2000 / Windows XP: click the Advanced button
  • Change the Config filename: from the default config file, %systemroot%\system32\config.nt to %systemroot%\system32\ansi.nt
Any DOS applications you run in this command shell will now have ANSI support.

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