[Tutor] Changing text colors on WinXP py2.6.2

Mark Tolonen metolone+gmane at gmail.com
Tue Oct 13 16:11:53 CEST 2009

"Tim Golden" <mail at timgolden.me.uk> wrote in message 
news:4AD471E6.7050304 at timgolden.me.uk...
> Alan Gauld wrote:
>> "Tim Golden" <mail at timgolden.me.uk> wrote
>>> No. ANSI escapes don't work on Windows.
>> Wouldn't the ANSI codes work if ANSI.SYS were loaded?
>> I thought you could still load ANSI.SYS it just wasn't normally there? 
>> The help system says you should load it in config.nt with:
>> device=c:\winnt\system32\ansi.sys But I admit I've never tried it - I 
>> didn't even like ANSI.SYS when I was using DOS!
> (from memory). I'm fairly sure that even that
> no longer works. When this question last came
> up I think we went round that loop and discovered
> that it didn't. Happy to be wrong. :)

That still works, but it only ever worked for command.com (the 16-bit 
command interpreter that still comes with Windows XP).  A 16-bit DOS program 
or a batch file explicitly run under command.com can still use ANSI excapes.


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