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XP plus DOS

Hello everyone - I have just given up on reinstating my WIN98SE OS on the mainly XPpro-run computer; I have transferred all the programs that I had there to the XP and adjusted what was necessary. Still, I do miss the old DOS. The question is: can you have DOS on one partition and the XPpro on another one? Does it involve double booting, or can you just switch around as you please? Can you install DOS after XP is already there? And if yes - are there DOS versions too old for that; mine is 6.2? Many questions but really one subject. Thanks, Amos.

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Unlikely. Here's why.

DOS 6.2 has severe issues with partitions past 2 gigabytes and the boot area pushes the partitions down to the old FAT16 limits. This restriction will cause too many issues to be dealt with in these forums.

However you can always boot up a DOS diskette if you must. I do that all the time to update BIOS and such.

DOS is also "pretty darn close" if you press start, run, COMMAND.


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XP plus DOS

Hello - I happen to have a special partition of 50 MB on my computer on which I used to run old programs by entering through WIN98 (which I now dispensed with). Will that alter the situation you described, Bob? Tx. Amos.

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You didn't tell...

I am using the stock DOS 6.22 plus XP supplied tools in my example.

If you add some partition or boot manager, then the picture changes. But the issues still remain that not much works as expected with just the DOS 6.22 diskettes and the XP CD.

Your post looks too light to me.


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What do I need on the DOS boot diskette. The standard files such as,, ifshlp.sys, etc? Or is any diskette with /s on it enough? Or is there a special diskette for booting DOS? Haven't dealt with that in years, so pardon the stupid questions. Amos.

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DOS 6.22 has none of those.

How about this. Over at you can get the .EXE of many versions of "DOS" and by running said .EXE it will make a bootable diskette for you to look over.

As to what you need on a DOS boot diskette, nobody can answer since you didn't reveal what you wanted said diskette to do. If all it need is DOS, then that's all of 2 hidden files and


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Thanks, Bob. I'll take it up from here. Amos.

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dos emulation

download DOSBOX

works very well.

try it out.

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The easy way to run a multi OS System

Virtual PC.

Install and run in a virtual envirnment. Don't dual boot or do multiple hard drives. Its too much of a pain.

*Bonus on virtual pcs. Most software programs that create virtual enviros also have an undo disk feature. Meaning that if you mess up a config , you have the option of reverting back to a last known good state in seconds.

MS Virtual PC or Server is fine, but there are others out there.

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