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Install DOS from CD Rom?

By quintar51 ·
Is there any way to install DOS from a cd rom?

I haven't tried it yet, but I'm sure even if I just copy the files to a cdrom and boot off it, it will still ask me to insert disk 2 or 3.

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by Bizzo In reply to Install DOS from CD Rom?

It's been a while since I've installed DOS, but, from what I can remember, the installation will either check the volume name of the disk that's inserted, or will check for the existance of a tag file (normally extensionless files called DISK1, DISK2 etc), if it's the latter, then you may be able to just copy all the tag files onto the root of the CD.

All I can say is give it a go and see what happens?

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by TheChas In reply to Install DOS from CD Rom?

Your right in that DOS will look for the correct labels on the floppies and will have problems from a CD.

Why not give FreeDOS a try?

It is a 10MB download of an ISO image.


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by OTL In reply to Install DOS from CD Rom?

Since I have converted other DOS based programs to CD, yes it is possible. DOS used disk labels of DISK1, DISK2. Just make folders to match the DOS installation disk name and add the files, running setup may initially prompt for where the files are located. Minor inconvience to accomplish what you want to do.

Have not found an easy way to make CD bootable with the correct version of DOS as most newer systems are not compatable with the older DOS operating systems.

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