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Can u dual boot a laptop with dos and xp

Posted on 2008-06-24
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had an new client come into our office and ask if there is a way to put dos on a laptop, but he also wanted to be able to download from the internet. So seeing the forced mirgration of things (haha), is there a way to take maybe an older laptop and put XP and Dos same drive, like dual boot it?
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by:PaperTiger
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why dual boot? just use vmware to run a virtual DOS machine.
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by:codeQuantum
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Are you aware that there is an MS DOS version installed in XP already?

Go to your START menu, then RUN. Type CMD then enter. You will have a DOS prompt.

You can also use the windows key on your keyboard. Press the windows key and the R key at the same time. You will have the RUN window, type CMD or COMMAND then click enter.
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by:codeQuantum
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You can also use dual boot already... sort of.

When you turn on your computer (or restart), just before you see the windows XP logo hit the F8 key on your keyboard repeatedly. You will get a menu (like some dual boot applications) with many options. Choose "Prompt only" or "command line only" (sorry I don't remember the exact name) and you will have an MS DOS prompt without windows.
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by:BlackcatTech
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Was aware of the command prompt, CMD, in the run, but the he wanted to run actual dos programs in the dos, he from what I can tell is the old coder from the past, about 82 he is, and had designed these old programs from the past and wanted to use it on a laptop of all things to run numbers and the races. HEHE. So was only asking the experts as to what they know, so thanks for all the great answers, always nice to bounce stuff of Techs. Not many here in Abilene Texas, this place is like 1997 all over again, and boy is it fun.
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http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306559

Here you go. step by step.
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by:BlackcatTech
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Excellent, thanks
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