Aug 12, 2001
I know this doen't belong here, but it has become apparent that nobody visits the civ2 forums anymore so I'm just going to piost it here and delete it later.

Has anyone running XP noticed that .bat files don't work. DO you know how to fix it because there are a bunch of scenarios I want to play.
I don't see how XP should prevent batch files from running correctly. However, if they are not running you can always open them up in a text editor and manually do the commands in the batch file. One thing that might work would be to start up a command prompt window and run the batch file from there.
I personnaly don't know whats wrong. It starts up, and shows some small text that is unreadable, then closes.
I ran the program in a command propt, and it gave me the following message:

"Program is not recognizable as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file."
I had the same problem.
The issue I think has to do with many .bat files using "choice" when programming menus to set up the scenario files.
You can look up Q225746 in the help and support centre (should be "MS-DOS command is not recognized in windows")
This helpful centre will then procede to tell you that the commands choice, fdisk and deltree will not work in Win XP. And this is by design. What the thinking behind this "design" is, I don't venture to guess. Anyway, what I did was get the old files from the Win98 cab files. It was a while ago and I forget exactly what files I needed from which cab files. I found the info on the net though. If you get really stuck I will try and remember more.
I visit the Civ II forums.

And after people get tired of being exasperated by Civ III, even more will. This especially will be so when the lack of Cheat Mode and scenario building in Civ III becomes even more annoying than it is now.

Batch files act differently due to the fact that XP is not built on a DOS base. Not all old DOS commands will work. Now we have the Windows Command Interpreter, CMD.EXE. You can also give files the extension .cmd instead of .bat.

The following commands will work in batch files under XP. You will need to modify your batch files to suit.

For more information on a specific command, type HELP command-name

ASSOC Displays or modifies file extension associations.
AT Schedules commands and programs to run on a computer.
ATTRIB Displays or changes file attributes.
BREAK Sets or clears extended CTRL+C checking.
CACLS Displays or modifies access control lists (ACLs) of files.
CALL Calls one batch program from another.
CD Displays the name of or changes the current directory.
CHCP Displays or sets the active code page number.
CHDIR Displays the name of or changes the current directory.
CHKDSK Checks a disk and displays a status report.
CHKNTFS Displays or modifies the checking of disk at boot time.
CLS Clears the screen.
CMD Starts a new instance of the Windows command interpreter.
COLOR Sets the default console foreground and background colors.
COMP Compares the contents of two files or sets of files.
COMPACT Displays or alters the compression of files on NTFS partitions.
CONVERT Converts FAT volumes to NTFS. You cannot convert the current drive.
COPY Copies one or more files to another location.
DATE Displays or sets the date.
DEL Deletes one or more files.
DIR Displays a list of files and subdirectories in a directory.
DISKCOMP Compares the contents of two floppy disks.
DISKCOPY Copies the contents of one floppy disk to another.
DOSKEY Edits command lines, recalls Windows commands, and creates macros.
ECHO Displays messages, or turns command echoing on or off.
ENDLOCAL Ends localization of environment changes in a batch file.
ERASE Deletes one or more files.
EXIT Quits the CMD.EXE program (command interpreter).
FC Compares two files or sets of files, and displays the differences between them.
FIND Searches for a text string in a file or files.
FINDSTR Searches for strings in files.
FOR Runs a specified command for each file in a set of files.
FORMAT Formats a disk for use with Windows.
FTYPE Displays or modifies file types used in file extension associations.
GOTO Directs the Windows command interpreter to a labeled line in a batch program.
GRAFTABL Enables Windows to display an extended character set in graphics mode.
HELP Provides Help information for Windows commands.
IF Performs conditional processing in batch programs.
LABEL Creates, changes, or deletes the volume label of a disk.
MD Creates a directory.
MKDIR Creates a directory.
MODE Configures a system device.
MORE Displays output one screen at a time.
MOVE Moves one or more files from one directory to another directory.
PATH Displays or sets a search path for executable files.
PAUSE Suspends processing of a batch file and displays a message.
POPD Restores the previous value of the current directory saved by PUSHD.
PRINT Prints a text file.
PROMPT Changes the Windows command prompt.
PUSHD Saves the current directory then changes it.
RD Removes a directory.
RECOVER Recovers readable information from a bad or defective disk.
REM Records comments (remarks) in batch files or CONFIG.SYS.
REN Renames a file or files.
RENAME Renames a file or files.
REPLACE Replaces files.
RMDIR Removes a directory.
SET Displays, sets, or removes Windows environment variables.
SETLOCAL Begins localization of environment changes in a batch file.
SHIFT Shifts the position of replaceable parameters in batch files.
SORT Sorts input.
START Starts a separate window to run a specified program or command.
SUBST Associates a path with a drive letter.
TIME Displays or sets the system time.
TITLE Sets the window title for a CMD.EXE session.
TREE Graphically displays the directory structure of a drive or path.
TYPE Displays the contents of a text file.
VER Displays the Windows version.
VERIFY Tells Windows whether to verify that your files are written correctly to a disk.
VOL Displays a disk volume label and serial number.
XCOPY Copies files and directory trees.
Originally posted by Troyens
I visit the Civ II forums.

And after people get tired of being exasperated by Civ III, even more will. This especially will be so when the lack of Cheat Mode and scenario building in Civ III becomes even more annoying than it is now.

And some people accept the good with the bad without whining endlessly about it, lack of cheat mode is about the most unimportant problem I can think of, *boggle*.
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