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Method to Display the System Configuration of a Personal Computer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000060983D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Bateman, RM Lisle, RJ [+details]

Abstract

A method is described which permits the operator of a Personal Computer (PC) to determine the present configuration of the PC that is being used. Many times an operator attempts to install an application, only to find that, after the installation process is begun, the prerequisite hardware or version of DOS is not correct. Also, many times an operator begins an application installation process and finds that the installation was aborted near the end because too many files were resident in his Root Directory. Sometimes, the operator even has to remove the covers of his PC to see just what hardware options are installed. In accordance with the new method, a ".com" program that the operator can run to display PC configuration information is provided in the form of a DOS command.