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Thread: How do I find Real DOS on XP pro???




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    I am trying to upgrade the firm ware on my CDRW but it tells me I need to be in real DOS mode. I dont think this means the command prompt under windows but a true form of DOS without windows running. Is it possible or did Bill kill it for good and how do i do the upgrade.
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    WinXP doesn' contain DOS at all so you'll need 98 Startup disk (or similiar DOS boot disk) to boot into to get real DOS so ya can do the job.

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    any NT based Windows OS (i.e. winNT, win2k, winXP) does not contain DOS, only a simulated 'command prompt'

    like Wiggo said, you'll have to have a boot disk with DOS
    I've gone too far and need to move on!

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    And before the inevitable "I don't have a boot disk" question is asked, you can get boot disk images of all sorts (and instructions) from: http://www.bootdisk.com

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    bill killed it. but it was time to die anyway. :2cents:

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    It's kind of funny because at one point I knew all the DOS commands and was quite good at doing things quickly in DOS 6.22.

    But I guess logic prevailed and it seemed kinda pointless to have to type in a dozen commands (often with a CLS thrown in) to do something which can be done with two mouse clicks now.

    Real DOS only exists for a brief moment before Windows and device drivers start loading nowadays.

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    It might have officially disappeared, but I know I find myself typing CMD a fair bit so I can do something faster...

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    the debate regarding pros and cons of removing DOS can go on and on without leading to any conclusions. isn't it? :cheers:
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