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Boot Directly into DOS

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Windows 98
Windows 95
In Windows 3.x and earlier, one needed to load DOS before running Windows. In Windows 95 and 98, DOS is still there, kindof, but the command prompt is skipped when loading Windows. To go to the Command Prompt before loading Windows, follow these instructions.

  • Open the file C:\MSDOS.SYS with a text editor, like notepad.
  • You'll probably have to remove the Read-only, System, and Hidden attributes of the file before editing it.
  • Find the line that reads BootGUI=1, and change it to BootGUI=0.
  • Save the file and reboot your computer. Type Win to start Windows.

Note: For more information, see Contents of the Windows 98 MSDOS.SYS File.

Note: This setting can also be changed with TweakUI.


Written by: Annoyances.org
Last updated: Saturday, August 11, 2001

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