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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
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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.

 

The previous version of MS-DOS does not appear in the boot menu, but io.sys of MS-DOS 8.00 can boot MS-DOS 6.22 as well as io.sys MS-DOS 7.10 on Windows 98SE. Copy the renamed MS-DOS 6.22 system files io.dos, msdos.dos, command.dos to the root folder of the FAT16/FAT12 formatted boot media (USB Flash, real floppy or boot image).
Add the following line to the [Options] section of the file winboot.ini or msdos.sys, if the line does not already exist:
BootMenu=1
BootMulti=1
BootWin=0

Now  you have Dual-Booting MS-DOS 6.22 - Normal(Enter)  and MS-DOS 8.00 - Command prompt(Shift-F5).

 

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

Creation Date

io.sys

116 736

18-04-2005

ega2.cpi 58 753 18-04-2005
ega3.cpi 58 870 18-04-2005
ega.cpi 58 870 18-04-2005
keyb.com 21 607 18-04-2005
keyboard.sys 34 566 18-04-2005
keybrd2.sys 31 942 18-04-2005
keybrd3.sys 31 633 18-04-2005
keybrd4.sys 13 014 18-04-2005
mode.com 29 239 18-04-2005
command.com 93 040 18-04-2005
display.sys 17 175 18-04-2005
msdos.sys 9 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

Creation Date

attrib.exe

15 252

06-07-2000

chkdsk.exe

 27 968

06-07-2000

debug.exe

20 490

06-07-2000

edit.com

69 854

06-07-2000

ext.exe

13 299

06-07-2000

format.com

49 415

06-07-2000

help.bat

36

02-06-1998

mscdex.exe

25 473

06-07-2000

scandisk.exe

245 324

06-07-2000

scandisk.ini

7 329

03-03-1999

sys.com

21 943

06-07-2000

 

DOS Files from Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition OEM CD

Filename

Size

Creation Date

ansi.sys

9 719

08-06-2000

choice.com

5 239

08-06-2000

country.sys

30 742

08-06-2000

deltree.exe

19 083

08-06-2000

diskcopy.com

21 975

08-06-2000

doskey.com

15 495

08-06-2000

extract.exe

53 767

08-06-2000

fc.exe

20 574

08-06-2000

fdisk.exe

66 060

08-06-2000

find.exe

6 658

08-06-2000

ifshlp.sys

3 708

08-06-2000

iso.cpi

49 754

08-06-2000

label.exe

9 324

08-06-2000

mem.exe

32 146

08-06-2000

mode.com

29 239

08-06-2000

more.com

10 471

08-06-2000

move.exe

27 315

08-06-2000

ramdrive.sys

12 663

08-06-2000

setver.exe

18 939

08-06-2000

sort.exe

26 682

08-06-2000

subst.exe

17 904

08-06-2000

xcopy.exe

41 472

xcopy32.mod trick by Wendy Krieger

qbasic.exe

183 837

08-06-2000

qbasic.hlp

130 881

08-06-2000

help.com

413

08-06-2000

help.hlp

350 751

12-07-2005 by Wendy Krieger

msd.exe v2.14

166 023

08-06-2000

 

 

DOS Files from Windows XP Service Pack 3 Deployment Tools

Filename

Size

Creation Date

oformat.com

50 055

12-29-06

cvtarea.exe

 27 968

12-29-06

 

 

DOS Files from  Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 SP1

Filename

Size

Creation Date

mouse.com

9 169

04-30-2008

cdrom.sys

5 241

04-30-2008

 

 

DOS Files from Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition

Filename

Size

Creation Date

sys.com

19 159

05-05-1999

 

 

DOS Files from Windows XP Embedded SP1 Tools

Filename

Size

Creation Date

bootprep.exe

20 927

09-04-2002

 

 

DOS Files from Windows CE Embedded Tools

Filename

Size

Creation Date

vesatest.exe

7 121

28-01-2004

 

 

DOS Files from IBM PC-DOS

Filename

Size

Creation Date

dynaload.com

1 792

03-12-2003

 

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

Filename

Size

Creation Date

dosshell.com

4 620

31-05-1994

dosshell.exe

236 378

31-05-1994

dosshell.hlp

161 323

31-05-1994

dosswap.exe

18 756

31-05-1994

 

 

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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