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Thread: True DOS in WindowsXP




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    How can I get to a true DOS prompt if I have Windows XP , I know its not included in XP but is there a way that I could get DOS on my boot menu which currently has XP and Linux on it ? I could probably find the install files for DOS but then how would I go about installing it :confused: Any help ?
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    Unless you had a DOS boot disk there is no way to get into dos. Ever since win2k came along they ceized the use of TRUE dos. Now its only an emulated dos known as the command prompt. or the 32 bit version.

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    Yes you have to use a DOS boot disk to get in or put a DOS os on as a dual boot, I just use a 98 startup disk myself (it's handy plus make sure that you can boot from the floppy drive). ;)
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    For all sorts of bootdisks try http://www.bootdisk.com/

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    How can I make it dual boot with DOS
    AMD Thunderbird AXIA 1000MHz @ 1400MHz
    MSI K7T266 Pro2
    Globalwin FOP-38 w/Delta
    1024MB PC2100 DDR (2-2-2)
    Leadtek Geforce 3 TD - 210/500
    Soundblaster Live!
    Plextor 16x10x40x
    20GB WD 7200RPM ATA66
    40GB WD 7200RPM ATA133
    60GB Maxtor 7200RPM ATA100
    Enlight Case / 17" Hansol Monitor

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    By installing a DOS OS on the same partition. I did this once before with win2k. I dual booted with Win2k/98. The only disadvantage is you need a dos partition. SO there fore fat32 is of course an option.

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    Would it mess up my boot table and not let me boot to XP anymore ? ( Similar to installing a previous version of windows after XP )
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    20GB WD 7200RPM ATA66
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    oh wait...........I forgot...........windowsxp uses the directory "windows" as its directory. Windows2k used winnt. errrrrrrrr. No but I did run into some problems now that I think about it. Things like if I emptied the recycling been in one OS it would get messed up i nthe other. Or if I uinstalled one program from one OS it would get mesed up in the other. Its a complete mess to dual boot on the same paritition. Point being you cannot dual boot XP and 9x beucase they changed the fodler to "windows"

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