Note: This API call is for DOS and Win16 personality only. Use Family API for portability.

2018/09/07 05:04 · prokushev · 0 Comments

Int 21H, AH=33H, AL=06H


5.0 and higher



Family API


      AX = 3306h


BL = major version

      BH = minor version
      DL = revision (bits 2-0, all others 0)
      DH = version flags
          bit 3: DOS is in ROM
          bit 4: DOS is in HMA
      AL = FFh if true DOS version < 5.0



this function always returns the true version number, unlike AH=30h,
        whose return value may be changed with SETVER
      because of the conflict from the CBIS redirector (see next
        entry), programs should check whether BH is less than 100 (64h)
        and BL is at least 5 before accepting the returned BX as the true
        version number; however, even this is not entirely reliable when
        that redirector is loaded
      Under MS-DOS/PC DOS, DR DOS, PTS-DOS, S/DOS this function does not
        use any of the DOS internal stacks and thus is fully reentrant
      OS/2 v2.1 will return BX=0A14h (version 20.10)
      Windows 95 and Windows 95 SP1 return version 7.00; Windows 95 OSR2
        and OPK3 (OSR2.5) return version MS 7.10.
      the Windows NT DOS box returns BX=3205h (version 5.50)
      Novell DOS 7 returns IBM v6.00, which some software displays as
        IBM DOS v6.10 (because of the version mismatch in true IBM DOS
        mentioned for INT 21/AH=30h); versions through Update 15 all
        return revision code 00h
      Windows95 and Windows95 SP1 return version 7.00; Windows95 OSR2 returns
        version 7.10
      Heiko Goeman's Advanced WinDOS 2.10/2.11/2.21 returns DOS 5.00,
        revision 0.
      Novell DOS 7, OpenDOS 7.01, DR-OpenDOS 7.02, DR-DOS 7.02, DR-DOS 7.03
        all return IBM 6.00, which some software displays as IBM DOS 6.10
        (because of the version mismatch in true IBM DOS mentioned for
        INT 21/AH=30h); versions through Novell DOS 7 Update 15.2 (01/1996)
        all return revision code 00h. The DOS revision is stored in bits 7-0
        of the "patch_version" field in the PCM_HEADER structure in the
        IBMDOS.COM file (see also INT 21/AX=4452h !!!). The version
        flags (DH) are stored in bits 15-8 of "patch_version", but is updated
        at runtime to reflect the actual status. "patch_version" is also
        reported as DX in INT 21/AX=4452h.
      Unlike MS-DOS, under Novell DOS 7+ IBMDOS.COM will also allow to
        SETVER the returned "true" DOS version same as with INT 21/AX=3000h
        and INT 21/AX=3001h.
      DR-DOS 7.02+ IBMDOS.COM (since 1998-01-10) now recognizes optional
        paths to filenames stored in the SETVER list. Previously such
        entries were never found. This enables a three staged model of
        SETVERed versions:
        highest priority = entry with path is matching.
        middle priority = entry without path is matching.
        lowest priority = use global version (SETVER /G).
      The DR-DOS 7.02+ SETVER 1.01+ (1998-01-12) has also been enhanced to
        allow BDOS and DOS version faking (see INT 21/AX=4452h). In /X mode,
        a set sub-version of y = 128..255 will be reported as 0..127 DOS
        sub-version, sub-versions of y = 100..127 will be used to report this
        value as BDOS version (64h..7Fh) with INT 21/AX=4452h instead while
        bits 6-0 of the DOS revision stored in PCM_HEADER in the IBMDOS.COM
        file will be used to report the BH DOS sub-version 0..127 (usually
        this holds 0, but it can be patched to other values).
      DR-DOS SHARE 2.05 (1998-01-05) has relaxed version checking now, and
        will install on any DOS revision 0..127 (formerly it was bound to
        DOS revision 0 only), as long as run on a DR-DOS 72h or 73h BDOS
        kernel.  Hence, if there will be changes in the SHARE implementation
        without changing the BDOS version, DR-DOS SHARE 2.05 can still be
        stopped from installing by changing the DOS revision in PCM_HEADER
        to something in the range 128..255.
      Under Novell DOS 7+, the version SETVERing also affects the version
        number WORD stored at offset +40h in each program's PSP (see
        Table xxxx at INT 21/AH=26h). This holds true even for special
        sub-versions of 100..255 (see INT 21/AX=4452h).
      S/DOS 1.0 (1995) returns a DOS revision of 9, while its own PTS OEM
        revision still defaults to 0 (see also INT 21/AH=20h"S/DOS").

BUG: DR DOS 5.0 and 6.0 return CF set/AX=0001h for INT 21/AH=33h

        subfunctions other than 00h-02h and 05h, while MS-DOS returns AL=FFh
        for invalid subfunctions

See also

AH=30h,INT 2F/AX=122Fh,INT 2F/AX=E000h“SETDRVER”


2018/09/04 17:23 · prokushev · 0 Comments