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Question

How to fix “Windows has disabled direct disk access to protect your long filenames. To override this protection, see the LOCK command” error

Reason
After installing Windows 95, “Windows has disabled direct disk access to protect your long filenames. To override this protection, see the LOCK command” error message is displayed when starting the computer. Windows stops loading after this message is displayed. This problem can occur if the shareware program Winload.exe is running. Winload.exe is a shareware program designed to let the user start either MS-DOS or Windows. This program is not compatible with Windows 95.

The solution to the problem

Follow the instructions to “Windows has disabled direct disk access to protect your long filenames. To override this protection, see the LOCK command” error:

  1. 1

    Shut down and restart Windows in safe mode:

    1. Click the ‘Start’ button to display the ‘Start’ menu and select ‘Shut Down’. (The ‘Shut Down Windows’ dialog box appears.)
    2. Click ‘Restart the Computer’.
    3. When the message ‘Starting Windows 95′ appears, press F8.
    4. Select ‘Safe Mode Command Prompt Only’.
  2. 6

    At the MS-DOS prompt, use any text editor (such as Edit.com) to edit the Autoexec.bat file.

  3. 7

    Remove the line containing Winload.exe from the Autoexec.bat file.

  4. 8

    Save the file and then close it.

  5. 9

    Restart Windows 95.

Footnotes:

To summarize, if the user wants to correct “Windows has disabled direct disk access to protect your long filenames. To override this protection, see the LOCK command” error on his computer, then, he should remove ‘Winload.exe’ from the ‘Autoexec.bat’ file.

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