FILES= (CONFIG.SYS Command)
Purpose: Sets the maximum number of files that may be opened and accessed
at one time.
Uses: ■ Many applications run into problems when the FILES= setting is
left at the default. Add this command to CONFIG.SYS (or
increase its value) when an application reports there are "not
enough file handles".
■ Avoid "inexplicable" file open errors when using word
processors, spreadsheets, and database management programs.
n specifies how many files can be open at one time. n can range
from 8 to 255. The default value is 8 which is often too small.
■ By default, the handle table is located in a reserved portion of the
PSP of every app.
■ Starting with DOS 3.3+, it is possible for any application program to
increase the available handles. See DOS fn 67H (set handle count).
See Also: CONFIG.SYS Commands