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JJJJJ
04-08-2009, 03:07 PM
How do I access a command prompt before windows loads?

ronyville
04-08-2009, 03:20 PM
As the pc starts, press F8 and choose Command Prompt. Someone correct me if I am wrong.

JJJJJ
04-08-2009, 04:24 PM
I'm afraid you're wrong.
F8 only gives the boot sequence

ronyville
04-08-2009, 04:26 PM
F8 allows you to log into windows under safe mode, but it also has the command prompt option right on top.

ronyville
04-08-2009, 04:37 PM
This is what I got when I tap F8 a few times as the pc starts..

pcuser42
04-08-2009, 04:51 PM
Select Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

JJJJJ
04-08-2009, 05:01 PM
On my machine I get safe modes with F4. F8 is only drive sequences.
What I want is the DOS prompt. Before windows boots.

Blam
04-08-2009, 05:39 PM
Thats your BIOS.

What till BIOS splash screen finished loading, then start tapping F8

pctek
04-08-2009, 05:42 PM
What I want is the DOS prompt. Before windows boots.


Choose Safe Mode with Command Prompt as pcuserwinvista already said.
A command line is all you get with WIndows now. DOS doesn't exist.

Terry Porritt
04-08-2009, 06:54 PM
Choose Safe Mode with Command Prompt as pcuserwinvista already said.
A command line is all you get with WIndows now. DOS doesn't exist.

Well it does after a fashion, 16 bit MSDOS can be run from within XP or XP Safe Mode with command.com. There is an autoexec.nt and a config.nt which allow fancy stuff to be loaded just like in the olden days :)

Eg: http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/dos_window.jpg, a fancy dos prompt within XP with colours using ansi.sys.

It can be run full screen if you want, but I couldn't easily get a screen capture that way :banana

I expect Vista will be the same possibly. The command.com used by XP is the Windows ME version.

pctek
05-08-2009, 09:13 AM
Which is NOT DOS.

fnphoto
05-08-2009, 12:03 PM
If you have a floppy drive you can always boot to a Win 98 floppy boot disk...

inphinity
05-08-2009, 01:16 PM
What I want is the DOS prompt. Before windows boots.

http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm

Windows 2000 and higher do NOT load on top of any form of MS-DOS, they are a complete operating system not simply a GUI. The closest you will get without an actual DOS boot disk is Safe Mode with Command Prompt as multiple people have said.

Though, you haven't specified which version of Windows you are using, perhaps 3.11 for Workgroups, in which case it DOES run on top of DOS.

Sweep
05-08-2009, 01:56 PM
Jack uses Win7 RC1 I believe.

Terry Porritt
05-08-2009, 03:58 PM
Which is NOT DOS.

I am not deaf :) I'm the one who is supposed to be a bit pedantic.............heavens sake, I know it is not booting from MS-DOS.

Running command.com [not cmd.exe] from within XP creates a MS-DOS virtual machine, and it gives you a window headed MS-DOS Prompt, and underneath it says Microsoft (R) Windows DOS. So go and argue it out with MS.

"If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, then it is virtually MS-DOS.:clap

Jack wanted to get an MS-DOS prompt, this is one way to do it, now whether Vista or Win 7 have a command.com with autoexec.nt and config.nt I wouldn't know, but it would be worth looking into if he has legacy/old MS-DOS programs to run.

Sweep
05-08-2009, 05:40 PM
But Terrey.

Jack wanted a DOS prompt before Windows loads.

I have no idea why.

Terry Porritt
05-08-2009, 06:01 PM
I know, but some things in life one has to learn to accept, like they say in the song, If You Want The Rainbow (You Must Have The Rain) (http://www.redhotjazz.com/songs/hanshaw/ifyouwantherainbow.ram) :D

Laura
05-08-2009, 06:24 PM
I know, but some things in life one has to learn to accept, like they say in the song, If You Want The Rainbow (You Must Have The Rain) (http://www.redhotjazz.com/songs/hanshaw/ifyouwantherainbow.ram) :D

Who is the singer, Terry?

Terry Porritt
05-08-2009, 06:35 PM
Who is the singer, Terry?

It is Annette Hanshaw, one of my favourites from the 1920s. She was everyones darling according to the reports, but largely forgotten today.

There is just one and only one film clip of her on this site:
http://www.jazzage1920s.com/annettehanshaw/annettehanshaw.php

Paul Ramon
05-08-2009, 07:22 PM
If you have a floppy drive you can always boot to a Win 98 floppy boot disk...

Looks like the best way like the man said although I understand booting from a UBCD you can also do it if no floppy drive present..

Agent_24
06-08-2009, 12:37 AM
Why do you want the command prompt before windows loads anyway?

If you really don't want to boot windows but want a command prompt, then boot from your windows DVD and run the command prompt from there. (Windows Vista and 7 make that easy)