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    DOS restart?

    I have windows xp home and pro on two different computers. In Xp how do you restart in DOS mode? there isn't a selection on the shutdown menu like win 9x.

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    you don't!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I need to know how to do this too

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    AFAIK, XP doesn't have "dos."

    Bill

    EDIT: Forgot to add "as a boot option."
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    Dos is a redundant feature in XP. There is no DOS mode, unless you had DOS installed before you installed XP.

    The only version of DOS you have access to is the Command Prompt...

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    Originally posted by tech56
    you don't!!!!!!!!!!!
    the better term would be, you CAN'T.

    jannybean2002, i trust this answers your question.

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    it doesnt really have a dos mode....the closest it has is "safe mode with command prompt" but what you will find is that it is just safemode with a command prompt window opened.

    of course it DOES have the "recovery console" which is vaguely like DOS but it has some different commands and limitations.

    To use it you boot off the cd and choose "r" for recovery console. Also if you like you can INSTALL the recovery console so that it shows up on the boot menu.

    The true value of the recovery console is that you can boot to the cd and do recovery console even when the comp wont boot to safe mode.
    "Even a fool is thought to be wise if he is silent"

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    yeah, sort of......suppose something goes terribly wrong?
    e.g. bad virus etc, and you need to format and start again.
    I normally use a windows start up disk, format and then reinstall the os.........what do I do now I have xp home?
    janny

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    Boot off the CD, and you can format the disk during the setup process - much easier than using a startup disk! (IMO)

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    Originally posted by PresterJohn


    the better term would be, you CAN'T.

    jannybean2002, i trust this answers your question.

    yeah, sort of......suppose something goes terribly wrong?
    e.g. bad virus etc, and you need to format and start again.
    I normally use a windows start up disk, format and then reinstall the os.........what do I do now I have xp home?

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    yeah, you would just boot off of the xp cd..no floppy needed etc....then you could either format and install or just "re-install" without formatting"
    "Even a fool is thought to be wise if he is silent"

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    OK thanks
    janny

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    Originally posted by jannybean2002



    yeah, sort of......suppose something goes terribly wrong?
    e.g. bad virus etc, and you need to format and start again.
    I normally use a windows start up disk, format and then reinstall the os.........what do I do now I have xp home?
    then you really only have a few options:

    a) boot to the recovery console and try to manually fix the problem

    b) use the XP cd and try to Repair option

    c) use a third party tool system utility (usually commercial)

    4) reinstall XP over itself w/o formatting

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    Wow. so many responses so quickly. Why would MS do this. It's not like DOS takes up too much space. It comes with all other MS operating systems, (atleast i think) why not XP?

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    the others were more or less "based" on DOS..but win NT, 2000, and XP are not.

    ME was still based on dos but they took away the option to boot into pure dos anyway, lol.
    "Even a fool is thought to be wise if he is silent"

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    DOS was the original operating system, and Windows 3.1 (All those years ago) was the first graphical version to really fully take off (I know there were other GUI's around before that guys! )

    95 and 98, and even ME were all still based around DOS in the background. Meanwhile, NT had moved away from the DOS background.

    Microsoft moved away from DOS to create a 'pure' operating system...

    Legacy is kept with the command prompt..

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