DOS



Barry Karas
07-10-2005, 02:16 AM
How would I access DOS in Windows XP SP2?

Thank you,

Barry Karas

neil
07-10-2005, 02:16 AM
Hi,
There is no DOS in windows xp. You can access the command prompt either by
going to run then type in cmd. Or there is a shortcut that can be found at
All Programs>Accessories>Command Prompt.

hope that helps you find what you need
Neil
"Barry Karas" <bkaras@adelphia.net> wrote in message
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> How would I access DOS in Windows XP SP2?
>
> Thank you,
>
> Barry Karas

Maurice N ~ MVP
07-10-2005, 02:16 AM
XP has virtual dos emulators for running dos apps. The usual one used is cmd.exe---the 32-bit emulator/virtual machine. The alternate is command.com--for older dos dinosaurs. You can start a command-prompt session, by Start menu/Run / cmd.exe (or command.com).

Use this as a guide. It is useful.
Running Nonnative Applications in Windows 2000 Professional (applies to XP as well)

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/TechNet/prodtechnol/windows2000pro/reskit/part8/proch36.asp

The XP system does not use the old Config.sys or autoexec.bat. You may setup your own or use Config.NT and Autoexec.nt. (in \windows\system32 or yours may be at \winnt\system32 ). Thus you need to research the dos-startup files you had before, and transfer their commands over to the .NT set, as appropriate.

Troubleshooting MS-DOS-Based Programs in Windows - Article ID 314106
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;;314106

Using Program Information Files (PIF) (like we used to use in Win9x/Me) is a good idea.
Bring up Help and Support (from the XP menus). Search on "create custom startup files for an MS-DOS-based program".
First, setup a shortcut to the program. Then go thru the "properties" of shortcut to specify what it needs.

Look up in XP's Help and Support Center, in its search box:
"Set up two shortcuts for an MS-DOS program "
"Create or change a PIF"

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Maurice N
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Barry Karas wrote:
> How would I access DOS in Windows XP SP2?
>
> Thank you,
>
> Barry Karas

Bruce Chambers
07-10-2005, 02:16 AM
Barry Karas wrote:
> How would I access DOS in Windows XP SP2?
>
> Thank you,
>
> Barry Karas


Not to put too fine a point on it, you don't.

There is no way to reboot a WinXP PC into Real Mode DOS unless
you've set up a dual-boot system. The WinNT family of 32-bit graphical
operating systems, of which WinXP is the latest generation, has never
used, included, or "ridden upon" MS-DOS. The Recovery Console's CLI
(Command Line Interface) is the closest you can come to the old "DOS
mode." What, precisely, are you trying to accomplish?


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Al Romanosky
07-10-2005, 02:16 AM
A rose by any other name is still a rose - no matter how you name it - DOS
is still with XP.. Copied from Help & Support:
"command prompt window
A window displayed on the desktop used to interface with the MS-DOS
operating system. MS-DOS commands are typed at an entry point identified by
a blinking cursor." (End of quote)

Also a available in C:\Windows\System32 is "(DOS Icon) -Command" which opens
a window titled "MS-DOS prompt"- vice using "CMD" which opens a window
titled "C:\....\....\CMD.Exe"
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Maurice N ~ MVP
07-10-2005, 02:16 AM
Bruce is exactly on-point. XP does NOT have a true DOS. It's an emulated version of DOS.
And you cannot run real mode dos-programs, and you can't have real mode drivers, as you could in true dos.
So his reply to the OP is well made.

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Al Romanosky wrote:
> A rose by any other name is still a rose - no matter how you name it
> - DOS is still with XP.. Copied from Help & Support:
> "command prompt window
> A window displayed on the desktop used to interface with the MS-DOS
> operating system. MS-DOS commands are typed at an entry point
> identified by a blinking cursor." (End of quote)
>
> Also a available in C:\Windows\System32 is "(DOS Icon) -Command"
> which opens a window titled "MS-DOS prompt"- vice using "CMD" which
> opens a window titled "C:\....\....\CMD.Exe"


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