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Reboot to MSDos Prompt from XP

Is it possible



8:00 pm on Mar 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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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