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MS-DOS 8.00

 

Some features of MS-DOS 8.0 (Breif in Russian)

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Starting . . .
 

Microsoft (R) MS-DOS 8.0
      (C)Copyright Microsoft Corp 1981-1999
C:>

 

 

Microsoft Windows Millenium Startup Menu
========================================

 1. Normal
 2. Logged (\BOOTLOG.TXT)
 3. Safe mode
 4. Step-by-step confirmation
 5. Command prompt only
 6. Safe mode command prompt only 


 Enter a choose 1.

 

 

F5=Safe mode Shift+F5=Command prompt Shift+F8=Step-by-step confirmation[N]

 

 

Restart your computer. Press and hold down CTRL until the  Startup Menu appears. This menu appears only   from the floppy image Windows ME OEM Bootable CD IO.SYS.
 

Russian programmer  fps 2001-07-30  posted: And in WinME it appears is normal DOS :

"It is not necessary any and patches.
MS about all took care itself, but from users it far away hid
We unpack c distributive CD WinME:
\Tools\NetTools\FAC\cbs.dta\winboot.sys
We replace with it C:\IO.sys
\Tools\NetTools\FAC\ltools.dta\command.com
We replace with it C:\command.com and C: \% windir %\command.com
All!
"Command Prompt Only" is present,
Autoexec+Config.sys Are processed"

 

No cracks and patches.
The following files are only on the Windows Me OEM bootable CD - OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK) for Windows Millennium
Tools\NetTools\FAC\cbs.dta\winboot.sys (118784)
Tools\NetTools\FAC\ltools.dta\command.com (92992)
 

MaxEd May 18, 2003 But there is a MICROSOFT way to get Real DOS-Mode in ME. ME distribution should contain this files:
\Tools\NetTools\FAC\cbs.dta
\Tools\NetTools\FAC\ltools.dta
which are CAB archives. One of them contains io.sys and other - command.com with MS Real DOS-Mode support.

This command.com no have Strange Instructions Built Into COMMAND.COM as noted in
the article by Micho Durdevich RIPLing Windows Millennium Edition From OS/2 Warp Server 
Appendix A: Enabling Real-Mode DOS Support in Windows Millennium Edition "Our main idea is to replace the file VMM32.VXD by the appropriate command interpreter. The simplest solution would be to use the standard COMMAND.COM. However, a slight technical problem appears here, because of a funny mistake in the standard command interpreter COMMAND.COM"
Appendix B: Weird Changes in Design of Windows Millennium
If you copy any normal DOS executable over VMM32.VXD, it should start without problems, as a part of WinME "boot". The only ME-runnable program I know that does not start properly is the command interpreter COMMAND.COM

IO.SYS outdated.
 WARNING: MS-DOS Does Not Properly Process Hard Disk Hardware Errors. Microsoft updated ms-dos kernel files both version 7.10 & 8.0

Microsoft REMOVED the display of the Startup Menu from Windows ME & MS-DOS 8.0 startup disk from Windows XP , Vista, Seven.

 

Microsoft Windows Startup Menu
===============================

 1. Normal
    

 


Enter a choose 1.

 

 

 

F5=Safe mode Shift+F5=Command prompt Shift+F8=Step-by-step confirmation[N]
 

Unofficial standalone Full  installation MS-DOS 8.0 Live CD  ISO image

Download MS-DOS 8.0

MS-DOS 8.0 Files without real-mode network drivers
All binary files with strings   "MS-DOS Version 8 (C)Copyright 1981-1999" or "Microsoft"

 

Contents of the Windows XP SP3 & Windows 7 MS-DOS startup disk extracted(Disk Extract by Nuno Brito) from DISKCOPY.DLL.

 

Filename

Size

Attributes

Creation Date

io.sys

116 736

A R S H

18-04-2005

ega2.cpi

58 870

A

18-04-2005

ega3.cpi

58 753

A

18-04-2005

ega.cpi

58 870

A

18-04-2005

keyb.com

21 607

A

18-04-2005

keyboard.sys

34 566

A

18-04-2005

keybrd2.sys

31 942

A

18-04-2005

keybrd3.sys

31 633

A

18-04-2005

keybrd4.sys

13 014

A

18-04-2005

mode.com

29 239

A

18-04-2005

command.com

93 040

A

18-04-2005

display.sys

17 175

A

18-04-2005

msdos.sys

9

A R S H

18-04-2005

The MS-DOS startup disk only allows the system to boot into an MS-DOS prompt. The disk contains no additional tools.
An MS-DOS startup disk is useful when you need to update a computerТs BIOS.

 

Contents of the Ebd.cab File recovered from  Windows XP MS-DOS startup disk

 

Filename

Size

Attributes

Creation Date

attrib.exe

15 252

A

06-07-00

chkdsk.exe

 27 968

A

06-07-00

debug.exe

20 490

A

06-07-00

edit.com

69 854

A

06-07-00

ext.exe

13 299

A

06-07-00

format.com

49 415

A

06-07-00

help.bat

36

A

02-06-98

mscdex.exe

25 473

A

06-07-00

scandisk.exe

245 324

A

06-07-00

scandisk.ini

7 329

A

03-03-99

sys.com

21 943

A

06-07-00

 

DOS Files from Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition OEM CD

 

Filename

Size

Attributes

Creation Date

ansi.sys

9 719

A

08-06-2000

choice.com

5 239

A

08-06-2000

country.sys

30 742

A

08-06-2000

deltemp.com

496

A

08-06-2000

deltree.exe

19 083

A

08-06-2000

diskcopy.com

21 975

A

08-06-2000

doskey.com

15 495

A

08-06-2000

extract.exe

53 767

A

08-06-2000

fc.exe

20 574

A

08-06-2000

fdisk.exe

66 060

A

08-06-2000

find.exe

6 658

A

08-06-2000

ifshlp.sys

3 708

A

08-06-2000

iso.cpi

49 754

A

08-06-2000

label.exe

9 324

A

08-06-2000

mem.exe

32 146

A

08-06-2000

mode.com

29 239

A

08-06-2000

more.com

10 471

A

08-06-2000

move.exe

27 315

A

08-06-2000

ramdrive.sys

12 663

A

08-06-2000

setver.exe

18 939

A

08-06-2000

sort.exe

26 682

A

08-06-2000

subst.exe

17 904

A

08-06-2000

xcopy.exe

41 472

A

08-06-2000 Renamed xcopy32.mod Trick by Wendy krieger

qbasic.exe

183 837

A

08-06-2000

qbasic.hlp

130 881

A

08-06-2000

help.com

413

A

08-06-2000

help.hlp

350 751

A

12-07-2005 by Wendy Krieger

msd.exe v2.14

166 023

A

08-06-2000

 

DOS Files from Windows XP Service Pack 3 Deployment Tools

Filename

Size

Attributes

Creation Date

oformat.com

50 055

A

12-29-06

cvtarea.exe

 27 968

A

12-29-06

 

 

DOS Files from  Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 SP1

Filename

Size

Attributes

Creation Date

mouse.com

9 169

A

04-30-2008

cdrom.sys

5 241

A

04-30-2008

 

DOS Files from Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition

Filename

Size

Attributes

Creation Date

sys.com

19 159

A

05-05-1999

 

DOS Files from Windows XP Embedded SP1 tools

Filename

Size

Attributes

Creation Date

bootprep.exe

20 927

A

09-04-2002

 

 

 

DOS Files from Windows CE Embedded Tools

Filename

Size

Attributes

Creation Date

vesatest.exe

7 121

A

28-01-2004

 

DOS Files from IBM PC-DOS

Filename

Size

Attributes

Creation Date

dynaload.com

1 792

A

03-12-2003

 

Also you can add MS-DOS File Manager DOSSHELL from Microsoft MS-DOS 6.22 Supplemental Disk

Filename

Size

Attributes

Creation Date

dosshell.com

4 620

A

31-05-1994

dosshell.exe

236 378

A

31-05-1994

dosshell.hlp

161 323

A

31-05-1994

dosswap.exe

18 756

A

31-05-1994

 

 

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Some features of MS-DOS 8.0 by V. Ashumov is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at www.multiboot.ru.

MS-DOS Version 8 (C)Copyright 1981-1999 Microsoft Corp Licensed Material - Property of Microsoft All rights reserved.

 


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