Make one of those Keen DOS Startup Menus
Since MS-DOS 5.0, users have been able to create menus to switch between different configurations when first starting the computer.
Although the Windows documentation doesn't tell you how to do it (or even that it's possible), the old DOS tricks still work (it's a good idea to get your old DOS manual ready).
This functionality can be useful for users who use DOS more than just occasionally and don't want to be forced to enter Windows first just to play a DOS game.
Note that this procedure can be tricky, and requires some basic knowledge of the AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS files.
Here's how you do it:
- Use a text editor (such as Notepad) and open CONFIG.SYS located in the root directory of your boot drive (usually C:\) - if it's not there, create a new file.
- Type the following lines (might need some adjustments for your system) at the top of the file:
MenuItem = MS-DOS
MenuItem = Windows
... put any other menu items you want here
... put all your MSDOS drivers here
... put all your Windows drivers here (should be empty)
... make a section for each additional menu item, with each name
matching a "menuitem" command above
... put all the stuff you want loaded all the time
Written by: Annoyances.org
Last updated: Thursday, August 16, 2001