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  1. #1
    MrBeef
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    Default How to start win98se in dos

    I am wondering how i can get my comp to always start in MS-DOS mode

  2. #2
    Mike
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    Default Re: How to start win98se in dos

    I think this used to work in Win 95, so you could try this:

    edit your autoexec.bat file, and add the following line to the end of the batch file and save it:
    [pre]rem win.com[/pre]
    If that doesn't work, you could try editing one of the boot settings in '98 that tells it to load the GUI... the setting needs to be something like:
    [pre]GUI=0[/pre]
    But I'm afraid I can't remember where that setting is at the moment

    Mike.

  3. #3
    Wilky
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    Default Re: How to start win98se in dos

    Why would you WANT to start in DOS? ?:|

  4. #4
    Peter H
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    Default Re: How to start win98se in dos

    Maybe boot from a floopy? Set start up order to floppy first, and leave your boot disc in it. Just idle thoughts. Someone will come up with a better way.
    Bye

  5. #5
    Robin S_
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    Default Re: How to start win98se in dos

    You need to edit the msdos.sys file (works for Win 95, presumably 98 also). This file is a text file in spite of the .sys extension. Use Edit or any text editor or Word and save as Text Only. Check in Help, but I think you set BootWin=0 and in this case I think the setting of BootGui is irrelevant - in some circumstances you have to have a particular combinations of settings for BootWin and Bootgui.

  6. #6
    Elephant
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    Default Re: How to start win98se in dos

    > You need to edit the msdos.sys file (works for Win
    > 95, presumably 98 also). This file is a text file in
    > spite of the .sys extension. Use Edit or any text
    > editor or Word and save as Text Only. Check in Help,
    > but I think you set BootWin=0 and in this case I
    > think the setting of BootGui is irrelevant - in some
    > circumstances you have to have a particular
    > combinations of settings for BootWin and Bootgui.

    You are correct fairly much as I remember it. Just one thing to do. MSDOS.SYS will be read only, hidden and system. Before you can edit this file you can type in attrib c:\msdos.sys -r -h -s

    After editing the file you type in attrib c:\msdos.sys +r +h +s

    It's a long time since I ran Win98.



  7. #7
    Terry Porritt
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    Default Re: How to start win98se in dos

    Some right responses, some not right You cant start windows from a boot floppy.

    There are valid reasons for starting in dos, Wilky just because you may run XP doesnt mean dos is dead, it is a powerful OS.

    Elephant is correct about removing the attributes to msdos.sys to be able to edit it. Then the attributes have to be restored.

    This is my msdos.sys:

    [Paths]
    WinDir=C:\WINDOWS
    WinBootDir=C:\WINDOWS
    HostWinBootDrv=C

    [Options]
    Logo=0
    BootMulti=0
    BootGUI=0
    DoubleBuffer=1
    AutoScan=1
    WinVer=4.10.2222
    ;
    ;The following lines are required for compatibility with other programs.
    ;Do not remove them (MSDOS.SYS needs to be >1024 bytes).


    I have removed all the xxx's in this post, this is just the top part.

    Now Bootwin=1 by default so it isnt shown.
    You do need BootGUI=0, since this means, combined with BootWin=1, "dont start Windows 98 after starting Dos 7"

    I have BootMulti=0 as BootMulti=1 is a bug in both win95 and 98 if you have an OEM Disk. If BootMulti=1 that means you can boot to a previous version of dos, but there isnt a previous dos version in an OEM and inadvertently activating that option from the startup menu causes untold strife!

    I havo Logo=0 so that I can see the boot up screen text rather than the MS splash screen.

    As mentioned by Mike remove any win command from autoexec.bat, as this calls up win.com from c:\windows.

    But to start windows from the dos prompt type win from c:\windows directory ( it depends on your path set in autoexec.bat)

    Now if you want to be really fancy & cunning you can write config.sys and autoexec.bat to produce a start up menu giving you the choice to either load dos OR to load windows.

    This is my config.sys:

    LASTDRIVE=Z
    [menu]
    menuitem=dos, Start MS-DOS
    menuitem=Win98, Start Windows 98
    [dos]
    DEVICE=C:\WINDOWS\HIMEM.SYS /TESTMEM: ON
    DEVICE=C:\WINDOWS\EMM386.EXE NOEMS D=128
    DOS=UMB,HIGH
    BUFFERSHIGH=30,0
    FILESHIGH=50
    DEVICEHIGH=C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\ANSI.SYS
    [Win98]
    DEVICE=C:\WINDOWS\HIMEM.SYS /TESTMEM: ON
    BUFFERS=40
    FILES=99
    STACKS=64,512
    DEVICE=C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\ANSI.SYS


    This is my autoexec.bat:

    @ECHO OFF

    @C:\PROGRA~1\GRISOFT\AVG6\bootup.exe
    PATH=C:\WINDOWS;C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND;C:\;C:\DOSUTIL; C:\PROGRA~1\GRISOFT\AVG6;
    GOTO %config%

    :dos
    LH C:\WINDOWS\SMARTDRV.EXE
    LH C:\MOUSE\MOUSE
    PROMPT $E[35;40;1mTerry's Computer $E[1;33m$P$G$E[37m
    SET TEMP=C:\TEMP
    LH C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\DOSKEY /INSERT BUFSIZE=1024
    SET DIRCMD=/O:GN/L/P
    GOTO END

    :Win98
    PROMPT $E[35;40;1mTerry's Computer $E[1;33m$P$G$E[37m
    SET TEMP=C:\TEMP
    C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\DOSKEY /INSERT BUFSIZE=1024
    SET DIRCMD=/O:GN/L/P
    WIN
    :END


    So there are separate sections for dos and windows. In config.sys I could have used a 'Common' command instead of repeating identicle lines for dos and windows.

    Notice that there is a WIN command at the end of the Win98 section of autoexec.bat that starts Windows.

  8. #8
    Elephant
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    Default Re: How to start win98se in dos

    Well what a perfect answer.

    It's a long time since I had to edit config.sys and autoexec.bat.

    I only have the autoexec.bat containing the path statement to unarchivers like PKUnzip for one msdos program I run. Terminate FidoNet Mailer. These packets I recieve are archived with PKZip.

    Well done Terry. A very helpful post.

  9. #9
    Wilky
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    Default Re: How to start win98se in dos

    > There are valid reasons for starting in dos, Wilky
    > just because you may run XP doesnt mean dos is dead,
    > it is a powerful OS.

    Me? Run XP?!! I am OFFENDED.

















    Go teh penguin!

  10. #10
    mikebartnz
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    Default Re: How to start win98se in dos

    Adding the line rem win.com won't do anything if it isn't already in there.
    You need to edit the msdos.sys file either adding a line or altering one but I can't remember what it was.
    rem stands for remark and will just remark out a line so it isn't acted on.

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