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Author Topic: Choice.com and Choice.exe for Windows XP  (Read 15394 times)

Giampy

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Choice.com and Choice.exe for Windows XP
« on: June 17, 2012, 12:30:30 PM »
Hi all!
I use Windows XP and I am writing a batch file (.bat). I would like to put a Choice command, the dear old Choice command of MS-Dos 6.22 and 7. In Internet I have found some Choice commands, .com and .exe, old and new, and people declare all those programs are good for Windows XP.
Those programs don't work instead (but one).
The first time I run them (of course into the Dos window, the one opened by Cmd.exe) I get the message "Access denied", while the second time the window gets frozen and I must close it.
I am curious to understand the strange behaviour of those progams.
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Re: Choice.com and Choice.exe for Windows XP
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2012, 03:39:20 PM »
I just opened up a CMD.EXE console under Vista Home Premium, typed CHOICE, and got Microsoft's own CHOICE program, dated 2006.  It's in
c:\Windows\System32\  Haven't tried it in a batch file, though.  Is Microsoft CHOICE really missing from your computer, or do you have a preference for third-party tools?

Are you sure the problem lies with CHOICE?  Do you have any account restrictions on your computer that might cause problems with a console?

Other CHOICE programs you might try: Horst Schaeffer's 16-bit DOS program CHOIX.COM in his PBATS collection: http://www.horstmuc.de/main.htm , bottom of page.  If you'd like fairly similar WinGUI versions, look at Horst's Windows 32 bit Console Mode programs at http://www.horstmuc.de/wcon.htm

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Re: Choice.com and Choice.exe for Windows XP
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2012, 07:50:50 AM »
CHOICE.exe was removed from Windows 2000 & XP for some bizarre reason but was reintroduced in Vista & 7. But the good news is you can still grab a copy here is a site with instructions and downloads from Microsoft.  :)

http://hp.vector.co....clonesup/choice.html

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Re: Choice.com and Choice.exe for Windows XP
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2012, 09:50:38 AM »
CHOICE.exe was removed from Windows 2000 & XP for some bizarre reason

I have read that Choice was removed from Xp because it causes instability and errors.
Someone has even dedicated a page to this damned program and he has even written a software to fix its errors: http://www.pcerrorfi...choice.exe-3604.html
Other people say that Choice is a malware/spyware.

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But the good news is you can still grab a copy here is a site with instructions and downloads from Microsoft.  :)
http://hp.vector.co....clonesup/choice.html

In fact that is just the only Choice that works.
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Re: Choice.com and Choice.exe for Windows XP
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2012, 04:22:54 PM »
Looks like you can use "set /p" on XP:

Choice_(command)w
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« Last Edit: July 14, 2012, 05:07:46 AM by jgpaiva, Reason: fixing broken link »

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Re: Choice.com and Choice.exe for Windows XP
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2012, 08:07:28 AM »
Looks like you can use "set /p" on XP:
Choice_(command)w

Yes, I knew Set /p, but it requires to press Enter after the choice. Only an idiot can design a program that requires Enter when the choice consists of one character only. I refuse to use it. It’s a matter of principle.

I am using Choice.exe from http://hp.vector.co....nesup/dkclonesup.zip and it is fine.
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