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creating a DOS partition on a new Windows 7 desktop

by jim martial / January 26, 2011 9:01 AM PST

I have a new desktop computer with Windows 7. How might I create a DOS partition in the unused portion of the new hard drive. I would like to be able to use QuickBasic v4.5, and able to share the files I create in the DOS volume with the primary NTFS 64bit OS volume.

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I'd suggest
by Jimmy Greystone / January 26, 2011 9:10 AM PST

I'd suggest looking into virtual machine software, and using those. Otherwise, you'd pretty much have to reinstall Windows AFTER installing DOS, because DOS will wipe out the Windows boot loader without even bothering to ask.

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have DOS for hardware realtime direct IO control
by rickdude44 / January 15, 2013 12:44 AM PST
In reply to: I'd suggest

"..DOS will wipe out the Windows boot loader without even bothering to ask"
thats a bonus in my book

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You can fix this for free.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 26, 2011 9:47 AM PST

Go get Virtual Box and install DOS and your QB in that. Not only that you'll be able to copy this install to other machines by copying ONE file.

Pretty sweet. That was only one upside. I also found it to emulate a graphics card that QB graphics could use.

In parting, the Visual Studio Express versions are pretty sweet (and free.)

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creating a DOS partition on a new Windows 7 desktop
by jim martial / February 6, 2011 5:31 AM PST

Many thanks to you and others for suggesting Virtual Box, and particularly you for suggesting Visual Basic Express. I had never heard of VBE, have downloaded it and tried it out, but it is far too involved for me. All I want to do is create/play with math related routines. The old GWBasic was fine with me - even QB45 was more than I needed. So I think Virtual Box is the best I can do. Thanks again. Jim Marshall

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