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HOW DO I DOWNLOAD DOS 6.2 SETUP DISKS
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callrs

8/22/2022 - Mon
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WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO DOWNLOAD DOS 6,2 SETUP DISKS
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Lee W, MVP

You can download the STEP UP disks from DOS 6.20 or 6.21 to upgrade to 6.22.  But you CANNOT download DOS 6.2 - it has not been relieased as freeware.

Note, the title of callrs' link is "MS-DOS 6.2 Step-up Files" - the step-up is essentially a minor upgrade.  Basically, Microsoft was found guilty of using patented technology in the "Double-Space" technology used to create a compressed hard disk in DOS.  6.21 was DOS 6.2 without any compression.  DOS 6.22 replaced Double-Space with Drive-Space, which did pretty much the same thing as Double-Space.  To encourage people to use the non-patent infringing technology, Microsoft made the STEP-UP publically available.  The upgrade and retail copy is NOT publicly available.
callrs

You could save a lot of trouble for yourself by asking Google
http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&q=dos+6.2+free 
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kjanicke

Here's a place to download the disks

http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm
Lee W, MVP

People just don't seem to understand....

DOS is not free.  The bootdisk.com link is for just that - boot disks - it does not include the full DOS 6.22 package.

The link callrs provided is to an otherwise obvious and common google search based on the question... so I'm not going to do anything to edit it or remove it... but again, DOS is NOT free - it one of the links returned by google calls it "abandonware" implying that Microsoft doesn't care about it anymore... I doubt that - if that were the case, it would be publically available on Microsoft's site.  But it's not.
kjanicke

But it is available thru technet / MSDN, and I've met quite a few folks who have subscriptions, and don't know it's available.

I'm not sure if you were intentionally trying to take a stab at me or not.  But the questions were posted with very few details as to what the poster actually needs.  So maybe the set-up disks may meet some of the needs.
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Lee W, MVP

Not trying to attack you personally, but I've seen questions like this asked before and many people provide incorrect information, misinterpreting what is available at Microsoft's site and the licensing terms.

I am reading the question exactly as it is written - he is asking for "DOS 6.2 SETUP DISKS" - if he were looking for the STEP UP disks or UPGRADE disks or a boot disk, I would expect that in the question... People have certainly been known to ask questions with insufficient information, but this one, to me, is straight-forward.

Yes, DOS is available to MSDN and Technet Plus subscribers - but you have to subscribe to download it and the subscription is between $350 and $1000's (depending on what you subscribe to - I have both, with a low end MSDN subscription).

So technically, the only fully legitimate answer which I acknowledge you as providing is from Technet or MSDN subcription web sites.  Any other source is not providing a full copy or a fully licensed copy.  Or is available only through some special arrangement a company has made with Microsoft.

Stephen McTigue

It is illegal to download ms-dos 6.2 (or any version of ms-dos)

buy it for almost free (plus a ton of extra programs for ms-dos 6.2)

http://cgi.ebay.com/MS-Windows-3-1-MS-DOS-6-22-Publisher-v1-install-disks_W0QQitemZ110028850894QQihZ001QQcategoryZ11229QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
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If you have the MSDN subscription, you can even get the Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese and Japanese versions.

You could try FreeDOS as an alternative - that's free.
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Stephen McTigue

if you want an alternate dos version check this out:

http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/~ak621/DOS/Websites.html

scroll down to "Alternate DOS Versions"
Tolomir

Indeed just use freedos:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FreeDOS

FreeDOS (formerly Free-DOS and PD-DOS) is an operating system for IBM PC compatible computers. From the FreeDOS Web Site:

FreeDOS is a free DOS-compatible operating system for IBM-PC compatible systems. FreeDOS is made up of many different, separate programs that act as "packages" to the overall FreeDOS Project.[3]

FreeDOS is currently at Version 1.0, released on 2006-09-03[4].

   1. To run old DOS games (like DOOM, etc.)
   2. To run old business software that only supports DOS
   3. To support an embedded DOS system, such as a computerized cash register or till

FreeDOS supports old hardware such as the 1981 vintage IBM PC as well as modern ones up to the Pentium 4 CPU, in addition to embedded computers. Like MS-DOS, it boots from a floppy or hard disk but can also run from ROM[6]. Unlike MS-DOS, however, it is available for installation on a CD-ROM, and people are free to create their own custom distributions of the operating system without needing to pay a royalty for redistribution. FreeDOS is open source software that is also free, licensed under the terms of the GNU GPL.

http://www.freedos.org/

Tolomir
callrs

SASSY01, thanks for the A
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