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Autoexec.bat Stands for AUTOmatically EXECuted BATch file.  This was the file that DOS used to automatically execute programs when a computer boots up.  The Autoexec.bat file can work with the config.sys file, and both files are still is in existence and operational under later operating systems such as Windows 95, 98, 98SE, ME, 2000 and XP.

The autoexec.bat and the config.sys can be edited using any text editor, such as notepad or the DOS program EDIT. To edit these files, click the start button, then Run.  Type notepad c:\autoexec.bat to edit the autoexec.bat file, or notepad c:\config.sys to edit the config.sys file.

With Windows 95, 98, 98SE, ME, 2000 and XP you can use the sysedit command.  To run this program, click Start / Run and type sysedit.


See also:

A Windows configuration file that describes the current state of the computer system environment.

The Win.ini file is used in part to start programs under the older Windows 3.x systems and could still do the same under later operating systems.

Autoexec.bat is a file that can automatically execute programs when a computer boots up.

The Registry
The Registry is a database of nearly all the settings for Windows operating system and most of your installed applications.