homepage Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from
register, free tools, login, search, pro membership, help, library, announcements, recent posts, open posts,
Become a Pro Member
Visit PubCon.com
Home / Forums Index / Microsoft / Deprecated - Microsoft Windows OS (XP/NT/Vista)
Forum Library, Charter, Moderators: bill

Deprecated - Microsoft Windows OS (XP/NT/Vista) Forum

Reboot to MSDos Prompt from XP
Is it possible

 8:00 pm on Mar 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

I can get to a dos prompt by hitting f8 on startup, but that is through SafeMode so I can't format the drive. Through that dos prompt I try to dismount the session, but it fails.

Is there a way to bypass windows entirely and go straight to a dos prompt on the winxp machine?

So I can format the drive?




 9:30 pm on Mar 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

By using Esc, Del, or whatever your system uses when booting you should be able to get into the BIOS and format from there


 11:42 pm on Mar 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

If you really want to boot into DOS then you will need to install DOS on a separate partition and boot from there. XP isn't built on DOS like its predecessors. In XP DOS is an add-on program.

Another option is to boot into Safe Mode with Command Prompt. Then you could make use of these command line [microsoft.com] codes.

A third option would be to look for an old DOS boot floppy from a previous version and try that out. There are several sites on the net that have preconfigured boot floppy setups that you could download and try out.


 3:53 am on Mar 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

Create first an start up disk in windows 98 and insert it then reboot it will automatically go to the msdos..

[edited by: bill at 5:14 am (utc) on Mar. 18, 2006]
[edit reason] no self promo links, thanks [/edit]

Global Options:
 top home search open messages active posts  

Home / Forums Index / Microsoft / Deprecated - Microsoft Windows OS (XP/NT/Vista)
rss feed

All trademarks and copyrights held by respective owners. Member comments are owned by the poster.
Home ¦ Free Tools ¦ Terms of Service ¦ Privacy Policy ¦ Report Problem ¦ About ¦ Library ¦ Newsletter
WebmasterWorld is a Developer Shed Community owned by Jim Boykin.
© Webmaster World 1996-2014 all rights reserved