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    I have just purchased a new computer for my work with Windows 2000 Professional ( my old one had Win98). I have a couple of programs which require that they be run in MS-DOS Mode- that is, they cannot be run from a MS-DOS Window. Is there a way to restart/start Windows 2000 in MS-DOS Mode as I could in Win98? Thanks for any suggestions. lfritzmt

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    Re: MS-DOS

    No, there is no longer a DOS mode, only the DOS emulator window. If your programs won't run there, then you only have a couple of choices. Boot from a DOS diskette, it which case you probably won't have access to the hard disk, or modem (if it is a Winmodem), and probably some other things. Second, you could delete everything on the hard disk and create a small (under 2 gig) C: partition and install DOS on that. Then create a D: partition from the rest of the hard disk and install W2K there. I haven't done this, but I believe when W2K Setup sees DOS already installed on C:, it will ask if you want to dual boot between DOS and W2k. If you answer Yes, it will set it up so that it asks which you want when you boot. This would give you a real DOS that you can boot with access to the C: partition.
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    Re: MS-DOS

    You can - this is exactly what I have here.
    New PC came with pre-installed every option. Deleted it all and re-formatted.
    Good ol' DOS6.2 in C-drive with W2K on D.

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    Re: MS-DOS

    Thanks for the imput. I really appreciate the guidance.

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    Re: MS-DOS

    don't need to delete, get partition magic.

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    Re: MS-DOS

    Got it, did it <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 width=15 height=15> - just didn't want to cloud the simplicity of it all...

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    Re: MS-DOS

    If you can, set up your system to dual boot. (You will need the original Windows CDs). This means having Win2k and Win98 in different partitions, but it also means that with the NT Loader and choosing Win98, you can have the boot stop at a DOS prompt. Provided you have chosen FAT32 (or below) for Win2k, you can then access its drive from DOS and manipulate files. Dual booting gives you the best of both worlds. Probably.
    Check out the link : <A target="_blank" HREF=http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q217/2/10.ASP> Multi-Booting </A>

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    Re: MS-DOS

    Thanks for the information. It sounds like my problem can be resolved. I really appreciate it.

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    Re: MS-DOS

    I'm having the same problem with DOS programs not working in Win2000. Were you able to get Win98 loaded in a dual boot situation with your Win2000 machine without any problems?

    Thanks in advance for your reply,
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    Re: MS-DOS

    Emily,
    I did not try the dual boot as Dell was willing to exchange windows 2000 for win me which served my purpose. Not much help for you- Sorry. My Mother-in Law used the program mentioned in this string to dual boot her computer without any problems. Larry

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    Re: MS-DOS

    How did Me help? - it's about as DOS unfriendly as 2k!
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    Re: MS-DOS

    Does this require the partitions to have created through fdisk? Even FAT32 parttitions created in win2k setupo are invisible to win9x, so I would have thought they would also be invisible to DOS.
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    Re: MS-DOS

    Hi
    I'm not surprised Dell were 'willing' to exchange ME for 2000. Have you seen the difference in price? Unfortunately for you, this was a retrograde step. Until XP sees the light of day, Windows 2000 Professional is undoubtedly the best OS for home consumption. It is definitely the most stable. Wait until you find what ME is about to do to you, driver-wise. I've seen more queries about ME misbehaviour than any other version, allowing for its relatively short life. Unless you happen to be heavily into video / graphics work, it is not worth buying. I would advise you to get 2kP back pdq.

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    Re: MS-DOS

    Hi Sparky
    Sorry to contradict, but who told you FAT32 partitions set up in Win 2k are 'invisible' ? Mine aren't. I triple boot Win 98SE, 2000P and XP RC1. All three access each other's files. All use FAT32, set up at the time of installation.
    Of course, using FAT 32 in 2kP loses you some of the functionality (eg. security) of an NTFS5 partition, but it certainly doesn't stop 98SE seeing it. Even if the 2000 side is in an NTFS5 partition, it will read the 98 files (FAT32) perfectly well. The NTFS will, of course, be invisible to 98SE.

    The link ' Multibooting' in my post of 15th March explains it better.

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    Re: MS-DOS

    A man called Dave Abel is who! Never actually tried it myself. When you say, '...set up at the time of installation', how did you create and format the partitions? I have 2000 installed on NTFS, so it is , of course, invisible to Me. Doesn't stop them sharing My Documents on a FAT32 partition, though.

    I would probably have more space allocated to NTFS, except that win2k is sooo slow to boot, and I haven't sorted out a power management problem (can't be bothered taking out my Creative DVD card, even though I haven't used it in months!).
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