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Bad command or file name

I've recently installed orcs and humans to my windows 98 and after I've shut down and restarted the computer I open MSprompt and type WAR, which is what i was instructed said to do at the end of the installation process, the computer responds Bad command or file name. What did I do wrong?

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  • linksrival64 Jan 08, 2009

    Nevermind i figured it out. I needed to open the warcraft folder in my computer andclick on war.exe file and sloved my own problem

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You need to navigate to the directory where the game was installed. When you open your DOS prompt you may be in the WINDOWS directory. You should be able to find the application and open it by double-clicking since you're using Windows 98. The instructions you're reading are for DOS.

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