This is just a basic list of some of the things that you should have in your
AUTOEXEC.BAT, you may require more depending on your system.
These lines should appear at the beginning of your AUTOEXEC.BAT file:
Note that you should create a directory called TEMP so that C:\TEMP exists.
Also if your DOS directory is not DOS, change the PATH line appropriately.
If you need to change your keyboard layout, you should add KEYB XX as shown
in How do I change the keyboard layout?
If you have a Sound Blaster compatible sound card you should set the BLASTER
variable, see How do I set up a soundcard?
If you need a mouse then the driver it is best loaded from here rather than
command line, refer
to How do I set up a mouse?
If you have a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM then you should probably run MSCDEX or
equivalent here, see How do I access the CD-ROM?
for details of doing this.
If you wish to change the display mode or keyboard typematic rate then the
mode command is best placed here. For details refer to:
How do I change the display mode?
How can I change the typematic rate?
I also recommend that you include this line at the end:
Among other things this will allow you to easily recall (by using the up and
down arrow keys) and modify previously issued commands.