Can XP boot to DOS?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by q12368c, Sep 27, 2002.

  1. q12368c

    q12368c OSNN Addict

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    Hi

    Can I set WinXP to boot to previous OS(like win98 DOS?)?

    many thk.
     
  2. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    XP has a boot manager if that is what you are asking. :confused:
     
  3. q12368c

    q12368c OSNN Addict

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    how can I find the boot manager? I am a beginer in computer.
    thank you.
     
  4. chastity

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    Well with WindowsXP you can configure the system to boot Windows 98 and XP but you will need to do a few things. First is if you have a single hard drive you'll have to partition it. After that you will need to format the partition you will be installing 98 on. Then after that you'll need to format the partition where XP would be and being the fact that if you do a 98 install that partition will be formatted in FAT32 which means for the sake of being able to access stuff on the XP partition from 98 you'll have to format the XP partition on FAT32 also or if you don't want access to it from 98 then NTFS. I would agree with Hipster that XP as a boot manager but for it to work right you need to install 98 first then XP in that order. In my opinion too much work.
     
  5. if u just want to get to old dos thing and your partition is fat32 use boot floppy from win 98 or ME, and it'll work. if it's NTFS then u cant boot with that floppy
     
  6. chastity

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    I knew I forgot something in my post so thanks mafiafromrussia. As mafia said u can use a boot disk from 98 or Me to format the partition/drive in FAT32
     
  7. q12368c

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    my system is FAt32. XP is already installed on it. Any program that can change so that it have a boot menu every time start up?
     
  8. chastity

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    Well it can be done with XP already installed, but I'm not sure as to where the actual tool is located. I believe its right click on my computer go to properties advanced tab. Start up and Recovery and there should be something bout the boot menu. I'm not sure if thats exactly where it is but it should be close
     
  9. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    What OS are you going to install?
     
  10. i think u can try booting from xp cd. then go to recovery. there type "help" or something, well get menu of all commands avaliable. and u'll bet something like "rebuild boot" something like that try it. hope it helps
     
  11. q12368c

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    I want to boot to a command prompt, like Win98 "boot to previous OS" in the start menu(msdos.sys).so can I?
     
  12. allan

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    Press F8 as the system boots.

    BTW, keep in mind there is no DOS layer as such with XP.