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Using dos 6.22 & windows 95 together

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My previous version of windows when loaded on a machine which was formatted with dos 6.22 gave me a option of booting from dos 6.22 as well as dos 4 (of win 95) when i press the F8 key.
Can U pl. tell me if the new version of win 95 does not support this or is there a special proceadure?
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You're not going to get DOS 6.22 and Win 95 to co-exist. You can get DOS *7* and windows 95 to run together.

If you are trying to make your machine give you the option of starting as a DOS box, and *THEN* loading win95, is easy to do.

In C:\ there is file MSDOS.SYS. Is hidden, system, R/O. In that file is line:

BOOTGUI=1

Neet to change it to:

BOOTGUI=0

and save.

Unlock the file with:

ATTRIB C:\MSDOS.SYS -S -R -H

and then relock after change with:

ATTRIB C:\MSDOS.SYS +S +R +H

This will boot your system to the DOS prompt (you'll still get the windows splash screen) instead of going straight to windows.

You can set up your CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT just like you always have under DOS. You'll need to load your CD drivers, LAN drivers, etc. if you want DOS to access them. Windows will inherit the settings whenever you decide to launch it.

Start windows with:

CD\WINDOWS
WIN

When you get the "It is now safe to shut down your computer" screen, it should return to the DOS prompt automatically. If it doesn't, type:

MODE CO,80

and your screen should *pop* back to DOS.

I use this on several of my machines and windows runs like a rock.

M

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Dear Mark2150,

I had done this on the previous version of Windows95 (I would not be in a position to tell exactly which version it was) The problem is :
1. if dos 6.22 & win 95 cannot co-exist then why should the screen include the option "load previous version of MS-dos" appear (When i press f8 before loading win 95)

2. When i select the option for the 1st time (After formatting my hdd with dos 6.22 & then loading win 95) it does boot using dos 6.22, but if i switch off the pc & next time make the same working i do not get anything until i transfer the system from startup disk to the HDD.

3. I have seen this working on another computer.
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Windows 95 uses it version of DOS, V7. There's nothing that 6.22 can do that V7 can't so bite the bullet and use V7. This is cause of your #2 problem. Go with DOS 7, it's very fast and very clean. Why are you needing specifically 6.22?
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Dear mark,
My friend wanted it & since i had done it before i thought i can do it again. Any way i'll have to work with dos 7 only. Thanks a lot for the response.
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