Bad Commands

There are several MS-DOS and Windows command line errors;”Bad command or file name” is one of them. This error is usually caused by misspelling a command or if the command entered by you is not a valid command for your version of MS-DOS or Windows. It was started in the BASIC interpreters of the 1980s and denotes a “syntax error” message. The main reasons behind this error can be:

  • You might have tried to execute a file that is not recognized by your system.
  • Simply misspelling the command you have typed can be the cause of this problem
  • You might be trying to run a program that has not been installed on your system.
  • There could be the problem with the path statement in your AUTOEXEC.BAT file. The PATH statement determines which directories the system should automatically search for programs that you are running.
  • If you encounter “Bad command” error, follow the given recommendations:

    • Try to check the command you are running for spelling errors.
    • Ensure the command you are trying to run is in the directory you are in.
    • If you are trying to run a command in another directory that can be accessible from anywhere, edit the‘PATH’ command in your AUTOEXEC.BAT file.

    Follow the given steps to fix this issue

    STEP 1. .  Locate the which line that is mistyped in your autoexec.bat or config.sys that”s causing this issue.

    STEP 2.  In Windows Startup menu, choose step-by-step confirmation.

    STEP 3.  Once chosen, the computer will prompt you to say “Yes or No” to each command stored for your computer.

    STEP 4.  Say ‘Yes’ to each of these commands, until you find the error. Once you locate the error, write down the line you said Yes to.

    STEP 5.  Edit your ‘autoexec.bat / config.sys’, once you get back to Windows. Find the file and try to correct the line.

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