No operating system can be released until it breaks as many competing products as possible.
Well, I don't know if anyone actually ever said that, but some monopolies appear to operate that way. In particular, there appears to be a pattern to break as many DOS apps as possible by adding only 1 or 2 new issues per release.
If the & or ^ is used in a file or directory name,
double clicking on the file may not work.
A link or file association which resolves to
cmd.exe /k "h:\tips & hints\test.bat"
fails with no way to make it work. However, double clicking a & b.doc correctly opens MS Word.
One of the Microsoft Office directories contains an &. So do Channel names and other stuff.
PKZIP uses the & to span multiple disks.
This can be made to work if
the & is placed in
double quotes or
preceded with an up arrow (^&).
pkzip "-&" test.zip *.*
pkzip -^& test.zip *.*
PKZIP uses the ^ parameter to show the command line it was
This can be made to work if
the ^ is placed in double quotes or
preceded with another up arrow (^^).
For instance, PKZIP -^ will work if it is entered as
There are additional limitations.
PKZIP -^^vb *.zip works
PKZIP -vb^^ *.zip does not work
PKZIP can be fixed because you have direct access to the parameters. With filenames that are double clicked, the special characters are a part of the name and there is no way to automatically delimit them.
Well ... one of my IE 4 Favorites on Win 95 contains an R with a circle around it. It displays just fine. But, when I try to copy it to NT 4, the symbol is changed to an underscore, NT barfs (a technical term :), and the copy crashes.
From the NT 4 Windows Explorer, when looking over the LAN to the file on my Win 95 system, the file name has an underscore. File Properties shows no data.
JSI Inc. - Your Windows NT ® Resource - NT Ti.
Apparently they have re-named the site to remove the offending character.
In Win 95 & NT 4, Windows Explorer won't allow you to begin a filename with a dot.
Notepad allows you to create a filename which begins with a dot.
When using the Windows Explorer Properties selection, under Win 95, filenames which begin with a dot are not counted; Under NT 4, they are.
However, Microsoft had a better idea ... forget standards,
starting with Windows 95
Ctrl-C copies the current selection to the clipboard!!!
|Windows 95/NT 4
Well, BlackICE Defender (not free) and ZoneAlarm (free for personal and non-profit use) could be considered "competitors" because their products restrict hostile software's ability to spy on you. (Apparently, UCITA makes it legal for MS and others to spy on your system and to disable your software if you write bad things about it. Does anyone actually believe that this "bug" was an accident? At any rate, both products provide fixes.)