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Booting to DOS using Windows ME

By BytetheBit ·
Hello:

This is a very basic question. But for the life of I can't seem to figure out how to boot into DOS using Windows ME?? With Windows 9x, from the boot menu, you have the option of selecting "command prompt" for DOS, however, with Windows ME there is no such option listed. Any advice on how to boot to DOS using Windows ME?

Thank You,

Alex

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by James A Bailey In reply to Booting to DOS using Wind ...

Try this:
Edit your msdos.sys file. If it doesnt show up go into folder options in the control panel and select View All Files. Somewhere in the list you well see BootGUI. Should be the same for Windows 98 and ME.

BootGUI=1

Default is ON. This boots the Windows 98 GUI automatically. To get to a command prompt instead, try:

BootGUI=0

The end result is that to run Windows you'll have to type WIN at the C: prompt.

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by BytetheBit In reply to Booting to DOS using Wind ...

Windows ME does not use msdos.sys. Also, I can't find the msdos.sys file anywhere in the ME system; I tried looking just for the heck of it. I couldn't find "bootGUI" either (it is located in the c:\windows\inf\net folder, but it lists both options of "bootGUI=0, and "bootGUI=1 and I don't think it applies to the boot process at all considering where it's located). Do you have any other advice on how I could possibly be able to boot into DOS using ME? There's got to be a way. I tried going into "msconfig" and editing "system.ini", but I couldn't find anything that I thought to edit that would change the boot screen.

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by dlw6 In reply to Booting to DOS using Wind ...

According to Microsoft, ME doesn't actually have a "DOS mode." Whether you're booting with the GUI turned off or you've opened a command prompt window, it's not really DOS mode and some legacy DOS programs may not run properly.

The good news is that there are some good shareware and freeware Virtual Machines out there that can help you run those older programs.

Good fortune,
Don

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by kgosnell In reply to Booting to DOS using Wind ...

Hi, I have a solution , but it will take some work/time. you have to go to Windows help section and poke around for the Dos program they tell you that does the least harm to ME, as it is not reccomended, and can void any warrantee you might have, also you can go to Fred Langas page or write him , as he has posted the program in one of his mag articles, just type in FRED LANGA or LANGAS LIST in the browser, and it wil take you to him, or come to my site at http://www.stepstech.com and on the bottom of the front page there is a linkback to him.
Good luck, you will do fine.

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by dmiles In reply to Booting to DOS using Wind ...

Microsoft removed the 16-bit,real-mode Disk Operating System features found in Windows 9x
Older,legacy device drivers and programs,such as DOS-based games and disk drive utilities are no longer supported
Windows ME will run most DOS-based programs/games
One can no longer boot or restart Windows directly to the DOS prompt and run DOS programs,there is no longer a Command Prompt Only in the menu produced by holding the Ctrl or pressing the F8 at just the right moment

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by DragonFly In reply to Booting to DOS using Wind ...

further to the post by kgosnell@aculink.net, I am posting the links to the whole DOS Series written by Fred Langa last year. They are VERY informative indeed.
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Save Your Butt With DOS
http://content.techweb.com/winmag/columns/explorer/2000/15.htm

Save Your Butt With DOS, Part 2
http://content.techweb.com/winmag/columns/explorer/2000/16.htm

Save Your Butt With DOS, Part 3
http://content.techweb.com/winmag/columns/explorer/2000/17.htm

ScrubYour Hard Disk Clean
http://content.techweb.com/winmag/columns/explorer/2000/18.htm

Scrub Your Hard Disk Clean, Pt.2
http://content.techweb.com/winmag/columns/explorer/2000/19.htm

Bullet-Proof Your Windows Setup
http://content.techweb.com/winmag/columns/explorer/2000/20.htm

Save Your Butt With DOS:
Pulling It All Together
http://content.techweb.com/winmag/columns/explorer/2000/21.htm

Batch File Bonanza
http://content.techweb.com/winmag/columns/explorer/2000/22.htm

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