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Starting Xp In Dos Formet?

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#1 sanketcool


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Posted 11 January 2008 - 12:36 AM

hey can we start windows xp in dos format????
plz help me... i want to know...
we can start windows95 or 98 in dos format as we get option restart in ms-dos format....
but any trick 4 windows xp????

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Posted 11 January 2008 - 01:31 AM

Insert your Windows XP CD. Upon the Setup menu, click R for Recovery Console. This will take you to a c:\ Prompt. Take it from there :thumbsup:

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Posted 11 January 2008 - 07:04 AM

I should point out that the Recovery Console is not DOS. Windows XP does not include MS-DOS at all and the recovery console should only be used for recovery purposes (actually, that's all it can be used for as most other operations will fail).

As I said, Windows XP does not include DOS. Earlier versions of Windows (95, 98, ME, etc.) were based on MS-DOS and therefore allowed the user to reboot into DOS mode. THis function no longer exists in XP.

If you want, you can use the NT command line much like the old DOS prompt. To access it, click on your Start button and click on Run... In the Run... box type cmd and press Enter.

Further reading: NT Command Line

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Posted 11 January 2008 - 08:37 AM

Installing (or converting) XP to FAT32 works. Which is why I've switched. All it takes is a 98 floppy boot disk.

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Posted 12 January 2008 - 08:32 AM

Just for some further confusion - go to Start...Run...and type in "command" (without the quotes) and press Enter
You'll get a window that states that it's DOS

Also, when booting into Safe Mode you can select the option for Safe Mode Command Prompt (or something similar) - which will get you to the CMD.EXE command interpreter. Dunno if it's possible to launch the COMMAND interpreter this way tho'.
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