IBM PC DOS Version 7


Table of Contents

IBM Announcement Letter No. ZP95-0102 dated February 28, 1995.

  • Title
  • Program Number
  • Program Number(s) for DUA(s)
  • Abstract
  • General Availability
  • Highlights
  • Description
  • Publications
  • Technical Information
  • Specified Operating Environment
  • Planning Information
  • Packaging
  • Security, Auditability and Control
  • Ordering Information
  • Upgrade Charge:
  • Professional & Technical Services
  • Charges, Terms & Conditions for COU Program Package
  • Charges
  • Terms and Conditions
  • Warranty
  • Announcement Countries

  • IBM Announcement Letter No. ZP95-0102 dated February 28, 1995.


    See final section for details of availability and limitations.

    Title

    IBM PC DOS Version 7

    Program Number

    PC DOS 7:
     
    PC DOS Version 7, New Licence, 3-5-inch High Density Media
     
        5696-972 (83G9217) - U.S. English
        5696-972 (10H0779) - Danish
        5696-972 (10H0778) - Dutch
        5696-972 (10H0777) - Finnish
        5696-972 (10H0772) - French
        5696-972 (10H0773) - German
        5696-972 (10H0774) - Italian
        5696-972 (10H0780) - Norwegian
        5696-972 (10H0781) - Portuguese
        5696-972 (10H0782) - Russian
        5696-972 (10H0775) - Spanish
        5696-972 (10H0776) - Swedish
        5696-972 (10H0771) - U.K. English
     
    PC DOS Version 7, Upgrade, 3.5-inch High Density Media
     
        5696-972 (83G9218) - U.S. English
        5696-972 (28H5891) - Danish
        5696-972 (28H5890) - Dutch
        5696-972 (28H5889) - Finnish
        5696-972 (28H5884) - French
        5696-972 (28H5885) - German
        5696-972 (28H5886) - Italian
        5696-972 (28H5892) - Norwegian
        5696-972 (28H5893) - Portuguese
        5696-972 (28H5894) - Russian
        5696-972 (28H5887) - Spanish
        5696-972 (28H5888) - Swedish
        5696-972 (28H5883) - U.K. English
     
    PC DOS Version 7, Upgrade, CD-ROM Media
     
        5696-972 (83G9303) - U.S. English
        5696-972 (28H5903) - Danish
        5696-972 (28H5902) - Dutch
        5696-972 (28H5901) - Finnish
        5696-972 (28H5896) - French
        5696-972 (28H5897) - German
        5696-972 (28H5898) - Italian
        5696-972 (28H5904) - Norwegian
        5696-972 (28H5905) - Portuguese
        5696-972 (28H5906) - Russian
        5696-972 (28H5899) - Spanish
        5696-972 (28H5900) - Swedish
        5696-972 (28H5895) - U.K. English
     
    

    IBM PC DOS 7 has National Language support for the following:

     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | COUNTRY OR    | KEYBOARD | CODE PAGE | KEYBOARD   | COUNTRY |
     | LANGUAGE      | CODE     |           | IDENTIFICA-| CODE    |
     |               |          |           | TION       |         |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | Albanian      | AL       | 852, 850  | 452        | 355     |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | Arabic        | AR       | 437, 850  | 238        | 785     |
     | Speaking      |          | 864       |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | Belgium       | BE       | 850, 437  | 120        | 032     |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | Bosnia /      | BC       | 855, 915, | 450, 118.  | 388     |
     | Herzegovina/  |          |           |            |         |
     | Cyrllic       |          |           |            |         |
     |               |          |           |            |         |
     | Bosnia /      | BL       | 852, 912, | 234        | 387     |
     | Herzegovina/  |          |           |            |         |
     | Latin         |          |           |            |         |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | Bulgaria      | BG       | 855, 850  | 442, 241   | 035     |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | Canadian-     | CF       | 850, 863  | 058        | 002     |
     | French        |          |           |            |         |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | Croatia       | HR       | 852, 912  | 234        | 385     |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | Czech Republic| CZ       | 852, 912  | 243        | 421     |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | Denmark       | DK       | 850       | 159        | 045     |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | Finland       | SU       | 850, 437  | 153        | 358     |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | France        | FR       | 850, 437  | 120, 189   | 033     |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | Germany       | GR       | 850, 437  | 129, 437   | 049     |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | Greece        | GK       | 869, 850  | 319        | 030     |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | Hungary       | HU       | 852, 850  | 208        | 036     |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | Iceland       | IC       | 850, 861  | 197        | 354     |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
    

     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | COUNTRY OR    | KEYBOARD | CODE PAGE | KEYBOARD   | COUNTRY |
     | LANGUAGE      | CODE     |           | IDENTIFICA-| CODE    |
     |               |          |           | TION       |         |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | Interna-      |          | 437, 850  |            | 061     |
     | tional        |          |           |            |         |
     | English       |          |           |            |         |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | Israel,       | HE       | 437, 850, | 212        | 972     |
     | Hebrew        |          | 862       |            |         |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | Italy         | IT       | 850, 437  | 141, 142   | 039     |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | Latin         | LA       | 850, 437  | 171        | 003     |
     | America       |          |           |            |         |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | FYR           | MK       | 855, 915  | 118        | 389     |
     | Macedonia     |          |           |            |         |
     | (Cyrillic)    |          |           |            |         |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | Macedonia     | YC       | 855, 915  | 449        | 389     |
     | (Cyrillic)    |          |           |            |         |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | Netherlands   | NL       | 850, 437  | 143        | 031     |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | Norway        | NO       | 850       | 155        | 047     |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | Poland        | PL       | 852, 850  | 214        | 048     |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | Portugal      | PO       | 850, 860  | 163        | 351     |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | Romania       | RO       | 852, 850  | 446        | 040     |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | Russian       | RU       | 866       | 441, 443,  | 007     |
     |               |          |           | 341 (Russia|         |
     |               |          |           | DOS only)  |         |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | Serbia /      | YC       | 855, 915  | 118, 450   | 381     |
     | Montenegro    |          |           |            |         |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | Serbia        | SB       | 855, 915  | 450        | 381     |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | Slovakia      | SL       | 852, 912  | 245        | 042     |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | Slovenia      | YU       | 852, 912  | 234        | 386     |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | Spain         | SP       | 850, 437  | 172        | 034     |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | Sweden        | SV       | 850, 437  | 153        | 046     |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | Switzerland   | SF       | 850, 437  | 150/150F   | 041     |
     | (French)      |          |           |            |         |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | Switzerland   | SG       | 850, 437  | 000/150G   | 041     |
     | (German)      |          |           |            |         |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | Turkey        | TR       | 857, 850  | 440, 179   | 090     |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | United        | UK       | 850, 437  | 166        | 044     |
     | Kingdom       |          |           |            |         |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | United States | US       | 437, 850  | 103        | 001     |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
     | Yugoslavia    | YU       | 852, 912  | 118 YU     | 038     |
     | Latin         |          |           | 224        |         |
     | Cyrillic      | YC       | 855, 915  | 118        | 381     |
     +---------------+----------+-----------+------------+---------+
    

    Program Number(s) for DUA(s)

    PC DOS Version 7 Distribution and Usage Authorization

            5775-GL7 (19H6673) -  DUA New License and PSA, All Languages
     
            5775-GL7 (19H6676) -  DUA Upgrade
     
     ENTERPRISE AGREEMENT DUA(S)
     
            5775-GL7 (19H6673) - PC DOS V7 - All Languages
                                 Enterprise Agreement
     
            5775-GL7 (19H6676) - PC DOS V7 - All Languages
                                 DUA Upgrade
     
            5775-GL8 (19H6675) - PC DOS V7 - All Languages
                                 Upgrade Protection
     
     SOFTCOPY PACK DUA(S) - All Languages
     
            5775-GL9 (19H6677) - PC DOS V7 (   5-Pack)
            5775-GL9 (19H6678) - PC DOS V7 (  10-Pack)
            5775-GL9 (19H6679) - PC DOS V7 (  20-Pack)
            5775-GL9 (19H6680) - PC DOS V7 (  50-Pack)
            5775-GL9 (19H6681) - PC DOS V7 ( 100-Pack)
            5775-GL9 (19H6682) - PC DOS V7 ( 500-Pack)
            5775-GL9 (19H6683) - PC DOS V7 (1000-Pack)
     
     SOFTCOPY PACK DUA(S) - All Languages
     
            5775-GL9 (19H6684) - PC DOS V7  Upgrade (   5-Pack)
            5775-GL9 (19H6685) - PC DOS V7  Upgrade (  10-Pack)
            5775-GL9 (19H6686) - PC DOS V7  Upgrade (  20-Pack)
            5775-GL9 (19H6687) - PC DOS V7  Upgrade (  50-Pack)
            5775-GL9 (19H6688) - PC DOS V7  Upgrade ( 100-Pack)
            5775-GL9 (19H6689) - PC DOS V7  Upgrade ( 500-Pack)
            5775-GL9 (19H6690) - PC DOS V7  Upgrade (1000-Pack)
    

    Abstract


    IBM PC DOS Version 7 further enhances IBM's line of award-winning operating systems with significant enhancements for the DOS customer in the areas of usability, memory optimization, full-function utilities, and new hardware support.

    PC DOS Version 7 requires less conventional memory than DOS 6.x versions for comparable function. By employing a variety of memory reduction techniques, more conventional memory is available for user applications while maintaining complete industry-standard compatibility.

    IBM AntiVirus protects your data with the best integrated virus detection software available. This software provides protection for over 2,100 different viruses with one of the smallest memory footprints in the industry.

    PC DOS Version 7 incorporates the latest technology with enhancements to our full-function DOS and Windows(**) utilities including updates to

    PC DOS REXX, a high-level programming language, is a new addition to PC DOS Version 7. Powerful, easy to use and portable across many operating systems, PC DOS REXX includes standard and advanced functions, BAT file commands, and arithmetic operations.

    Get maximum disk compression with Stacker 4.0. Stac Electronics Stacker** 4.0 advanced disk compression technology is integrated into PC DOS Version 7 to give you the highest compression ratio and most free disk space possible. Upgrading from prior disk compression technologies such as MS-DOS DoubleSpace/DriveSpace, PC DOS SuperStor/DS, and earlier versions of Stacker is supported. Further, this support is designed to use little conventional memory.

    Help when you need it. You don't need to flip through the books. PC DOS Version 7 includes a comprehensive online help system with hypertext links, search capability, and easy access to index, contents, and print functions.

    PC DOS File Update keeps your work files current. This new utility automatically updates files between two personal computers so you can easily synchronize files between your mobile and desktop computer or vice versa. You don't have to remember which files you've changed, just let PC DOS File Update "update" the files.

    New docking station support is included for mobile users. Now you can define a specific command or batch file to execute automatically each time you dock or undock.

    Easy editing of one or more files is at your fingertips with the improved E Editor. With complete mouse and pull-down menu support, editing is easier than ever. Other new features include browse mode, enhanced delete recovery, enhanced math and search support, and REXX autosyntax support.

     (*) In this document, those expressions denoted by a single
         asterisk in parentheses are trademarks of IBM Corporation
         in certain countries.
     
    (**) In this document, those expressions denoted by a double
         asterisk in parentheses are non-IBM trademarks in certain
         countries.
    

    General Availability

    Planned General Availability Date is February 28, 1995.

    Highlights


    PC DOS Version 7 provides industry-standard DOS function and these major enhancements:


    Description

    Reduced Memory Requirements:

    Through a variety of memory reduction techniques, PC DOS Version 7 reduces the amount of conventional memory required by DOS and, therefore, makes more memory available for user applications.

    When less memory is used by DOS, more memory is available for the user's applications. This means the user can use larger or more applications than may otherwise have been possible. It also means that applications will have more memory available to use as buffers which in some cases allows the application to run faster.

    Antivirus Protection:

    PC DOS Version 7 includes an update to the IBM Antivirus Utility which can automatically detect and eliminate over 2100 different viruses which might infect a user's system.

    IBM Antivirus provides protection from major categories of viruses including:

    This support substantially reduces the risk of system failures which might be caused through the use of electronic bulletin boards and data sharing. Viruses can be detected and eliminated without damaging the user's data files or applications. As an added benefit, this superb protection requires very little conventional memory.

    Full-Function DOS and Windows Utilities:

    PC DOS Version 7 includes an update to many of its best-known utilities (besides IBM Antivirus) and the addition of new utilities. The following utilities have been enhanced:

    The new utilities in PC DOS Version 7 are the disk compression utility, Stacker 4.0, and PC DOS File Update.

    Like its predecessor, PC DOS Version 7 contains a wide assortment of full-function utilities to handle many common tasks. The inclusion of these utilities may eliminate or significantly reduce the need for user's to supplement their system software with additional tools. These utilities are included in PC DOS Version 7:

    PC DOS REXX:

    The command line programming language, REXX, is now supported in PC DOS Version 7. Support includes standard and advanced function, BAT file commands, and arithmetic operations.

    PC DOS REXX support provides a simple yet powerful tool for writing programs to perform unique but commonly performed tasks. This support eliminates the need for user's to separately purchase a programming language to build simple programs.


    Publications

    The PC DOS Command Reference is included as on-line documentation which is shipped with PC DOS Version 7.

    Displayable Softcopy Publications

    The PC DOS Command Reference, Error Messages, and REXX Reference are offered in displayable softcopy form. The displayable manuals are part of the basic machine-readable material. The files are shipped on the same media type as the basic machine-readable material. Additionally, a Technical Reference for PC DOS Version 7 is provided in displayable softcopy form with the book PC DOS 7 Technical Update which is separately orderable. The following publications will be available from ISMS Copenhagen after general availability.

       Title                    Order Number      Language
     ------------------         -------------   ------------------------
     PC DOS User's Guide         S284-8818-00     Danish
     PC DOS User's Guide         S28H-8788-00     Dutch
     PC DOS User's Guide         S28H-8766-00     Finnish
     PC DOS User's Guide         S28H-8652-00     French
     PC DOS User's Guide         S28H-8675-00     German
     PC DOS User's Guide         S28H-8698-00     Italian
     PC DOS User's Guide         S28H-8834-00     Norwegian
     PC DOS User's Guide         S28H-8857-00     Portuguese
     PC DOS User's Guide         S28H-8880-00     Russian
     PC DOS User's Guide         S28H-8720-00     Spanish
     PC DOS User's Guide         S28H-8743-00     Swedish
     PC DOS User's Guide         S28H-8629-00     U.K. English
     PC DOS Keyboards            S28H-8911-00     Danish
        and Code Pages
     PC DOS Keyboards            S28H-8904-00     French
        and Code Pages
     PC DOS Keyboards            S28H-8906-00     German
        and Code Pages
     PC DOS Keyboards            S28H-8908-00     Italian
        and Code Pages
     PC DOS Keyboards            S28H-8910-00     Spanish
        and Code Pages
     PC DOS Keyboards            S28H-8901-00     U.K. English
        and Code Pages
     PC DOS Command Ref.         S28H-8647-00     French
        and Error Messages
     PC DOS Command Ref.         S28H-8905-00     German
        and Error Messages
     PC DOS Command Ref.         S28H-8903-00     Russian
        and Error Messages
     PC DOS Command Ref.         S28H-8909-00     Spanish
        and Error Messages
     PC DOS Command Ref.         S28H-8900-00     U.K. English
        and Error Messages
     PC DOS REXX User's Guide    S28H-8907-00     German
        and Command Reference
     PC DOS REXX User's Guide    S28H-8902-00     U.K. English
        and Command Reference
     PC DOS 7 Technical Update   GG24-4459        U.S. English
    

    The PC DOS Command Reference is included as on-line documentation which is shipped with PC DOS Version 7. Printed copies of the PC DOS Command Reference and the PC DOS 7 Technical Update may be ordered from Copenhagen. For ordering information, contact your dealer, or IBM representative,

    Document Only Package: Contains User's Guide, Keyboard, Code Pages Book, and Coupon Book.

        Danish                  19H6691
        Dutch                   19H6692
        Finnish                 19H6693
        French                  19H6694
        German                  19H6695
        Italian                 19H6696
        Norwegian               19H6697
        Portuguese              19H6698
        Russian                 19H6699
        Spanish                 19H6700
        Swedish                 19H6701
        U.K. English            19H6702
    

    Technical Information

    Specified Operating Environment

    Hardware Requirements

    PC DOS Version 7 operates on Intel(**)-based or Intel-compatible personal computers (8088, 286, 386, 486, and PENTIUM processors).

    The minimum processor system memory required for PC DOS Version 7 installation is 512KB. A new system (one without a previous version of DOS installed) must also have a high-density 3.5-inch diskette drive. The PC DOS Version 7 upgrade requires a system with a prior version of DOS (any DOS version 3.3, or later, including MS-DOS) installed on the hard disk. Installation on upgrade systems can occur from any high-density diskette drive, CD-ROM, or from the network to the hard disk. Installation from a CD-ROM requires a previously installed CD-ROM driver. The minimum disk space required for PC DOS Version 7 is 6.0MB if all defaults are taken on installation. The maximum disk space required for PC DOS Version 7 is 18.5MB if all features for both DOS and Windows are installed.

    Software Requirements

    PC DOS Version 7 maintains upward compatibility with prior versions of DOS. Support of functions that were supported on previous levels will be continued, unless that specific function is no longer supported by IBM. Functions no longer supported in PC DOS Version 7 are

    These commands from prior versions of DOS should continue to run compatibly with PC DOS Version 7 and will not be deleted by the installation of an upgrade to PC DOS Version 7. If these commands are needed on systems with PC DOS Version 7 and the customer has a license of PC DOS Version 6.3, the customer is authorized to copy the files to support these commands to all licensed PC DOS Version 7 systems where these files are required. See the license information included with the product for details on the files which may be copied.

    Applications that were supported on previous levels of DOS should run compatibly with PC DOS Version 7. However, with each release of DOS, adding new features introduces some incompatibilities. Below is a list of changes that may cause compatibility problems.

    Limitations

    Applications supported on previous levels of DOS should run compatibly with PC DOS Version 7. However, with each release of DOS, adding new features introduces some incompatibilities. Below is a list of changes that may cause compatibility problems.


    Planning Information

    Packaging

    Distribution of PC DOS Version 7 will be on

    Upgrade and Base packages will be offered through the retail market. CD-ROM packages will be offered only for upgrade packages because of the need for a previously installed CD-ROM device driver. The program package for PC DOS Version 7 and PC DOS Version 7 upgrade, National Language Versions, has the following items in addition to the media:
    * Note: Customers are  instructed  to fill  out and  mail in their
            registration card in order to be provided with information
            on future product  announcements and  special  promotional
            offers.
    

    Security, Auditability and Control

    Anti-virus protection updates have been included in PC DOS Version 7 over those found in PC DOS Version 6.3. This support helps users automatically detect and eliminate known stealth, polymorphic, generic, and even unknown viruses without damaging any of the customer's files or applications. Today, this support will detect over 2100 known viruses.

    There are no new auditability or control features in PC DOS Version 7.

    User management is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.


    Ordering Information

    Upgrades to PC DOS

    Owners of the programs listed below are entitled to upgrade to PC DOS Version Version 7 at special upgrade prices:

    Upgrade Charge:

    Consult your IBM Marketing Representative. A one-time Upgrade charge is available to customers who have purchased previous versions of DOS.

    This charge will be the same for all versions of DOS that are entitled to upgrade to PC DOS Version 7.

     Program Title                   Program Number
     -------------                   --------------
     PC DOS V6.3    (Any Language)      5604-569
     PC DOS V6.1    (Any Language)      5604-560
     PC DOS V5.02   (Any Language)      5604-350
     PC DOS V5.00   (Any Language)      5604-350
     PC DOS V4.0    (Any Language)      5604-264
     DOS V4 ATC     (Any Language)      5775-RCA
     DOS V3.3 ATC   (Any Language)      5775-RCA
     DOS V3.3       (Any Language)      5604-025
     DOS V3.2       (Any Language)      5604-015
     DOS V3.1       (Any Language)      5604-006
     DOS V2.1       (Any Language)      5604-004
     MS DOS V6.2    (Any Language)        N/A
     MS DOS V6.0    (Any Language)        N/A
     MS DOS V5.0    (Any Language)        N/A
    

    Owners can obtain the upgrade by ordering one of the following:


    Professional & Technical Services

    Services providing for the efficient installation, implementation, and/or integration of this product are available from IBM as either standard or customised offerings. Contact your Marketing Representative for the full scope of the available services.


    Charges, Terms & Conditions for COU Program Package

    Charges

    Consult your IBM Marketing Representative for an applicable one-time charge.

    Terms and Conditions

    This program is available from IBM under the Terms and Conditions for Purchase, and is subject to the Conditions of Use contained in the program package.

    The Conditions of Use authorize the customer to use the program on only one machine at any one time.

    Warranty

    IBM standard warranty of media. Warranty period 3 months (or the period required by local legislation, if greater).

    Special Educational Allowance for Volume Orders

    This product is available under the Special Educational Allowance for Volume Orders of Selected IBM PC-PS/2 Conditions of Use Programs. Consult your IBM Marketing Representative for details.

    This Distribution & Usage Authorization is available under the Special Educational Allowance for Volume Orders of Authorization to Copy Selected IBM PC-PS/2 Conditions of Use Programs. Consult your IBM Marketing Representative for details.

    Distribution and Usage Authorization

    This program and its upgrade are eligible for the Distribution & Usage Authorization for IBM programs. The customer may make copies upon receipt of an Authorization form which designates the program which may be copied and the quantity of copies authorized.
    Consult your IBM Marketing Representative for the applicable Charges, Terms and Conditions.

    Program Services

    For program defect related problems, the following procedure for assistance in problem identification is applicable:

    IBM will reply in writing with information about correction, bypass or restriction with the intent to make the program perform according to its specifications, or, if there are none, to its principles of operation.

    Customer information needed when submitting a problem:

    Additional information on customer reported problems can be obtained from your remarketer/distributor or IBM.

    This service, in accordance with the Service Statement included in the program package, will be available until the Service End Date December 31, 1998.


    Announcement Countries

    All European, Middle Eastern and African Countries.


    The data in this letter is subject to the disclaimer in Letter ZS90-0112, which is available from IBM on request.

    Please note this is an international announcement letter. If applicable you should also refer to your local country complementary document to check for country specific information.

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