QBasic Missing from Windows 2000

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When you try to use the Qbasic.exe program, the following error message is displayed:
'qbasic' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.


QBasic is not included with Windows 2000.


If you need to run QBasic in Windows 2000, you can copy it from a Microsoft Windows NT 4.0-based computer, or you can expand the files from a Windows NT 4.0 CD-ROM.

At a command prompt, expand the Qbasic.exe and Qbasic.hlp files from the Windows NT 4.0 CD-ROM to the %SystemRoot%\System32 folder on your Windows 2000-based computer. For example, type the following commands:
expand qbasic.ex_ %systemroot%\system32\qbasic.exe

expand qbasic.hl_ %systemroot%\system32\qbasic.hlp


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.


The QBasic program is referred to in Windows 2000 Help, but the QBasic program is not included with Windows 2000.


Article ID: 258265 - Last Review: March 1, 2007 - Revision: 3.2
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
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