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I would like to set permantly in DOS the codepage.

chcp 1252

How can I store the result of that command?

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Open the registry editor (regedit) and navigate to the following key:


Edit the OEMCP value on the right and change it from the default (861?) to 1252.

Now open a new command-prompt and type chcp to see the current codepage. (It may—probably?—will not take until you reboot.)

Another way you can do it is to add the chcp command to the Autorun key (you can set it for either a specific user or the whole system):


; Auto–code-page.reg
; Have chcp automatically run whenever a command-prompt is opened

;For current user
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor]
"Autorun"="chcp 1252"

;For all users
;[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor]
;"Autorun"="chcp 1252"
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On my German win7 system the default code page was 850. –  Christian Dec 21 '12 at 14:43
@Christian, yes, it will vary depending on the Windows language used. However, with nothing more to go on than the OP’s name, I suspect they are most likely using code-page 861 by default. –  Synetech Dec 21 '12 at 16:40

Changing the value of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Nls\CodePage makes my system unable to boot.

Adding a string value in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor of

"Autorun"="chcp 1252"

solved the problem.

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