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Reboot to MSDos Prompt from XP
Is it possible
Bilbo123




msg:1570420
 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?

Thanks

 

herb




msg:1570421
 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

bill




msg:1570422
 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.

clyde66




msg:1570423
 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]

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