Solved How can I install DOS with floppy disks

November 14, 2015 at 12:14:52
Specs: Windows XP
I want to install DOS (for fun) to a small partition of my hdd. I am running Windows XP, and want to be able to boot into either one. I do not have physical install disks or a floppy drive, but I have have a CD drive and .img files for the floppies. Is this even possible? I have basic knowledge of DOS, and was wondering if you could somehow use a bootable USB or CD to function as an installer in place of floppy disks.

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November 14, 2015 at 13:20:00
Maybe putting DOS in on Virtual Machine will save some hassle.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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November 14, 2015 at 14:07:23
Not only save hassle but also work much better. There is absolutely zero reason to install DOS on a modern physical machine.

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November 14, 2015 at 17:25:12
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DOSBox would be a more logical (and safer) solution to run anything DOS-based.

Otherwise, find an old machine (1st gen Pentiums and below can likely be found for free) and install DOS on it. There's too many "gotcha's" in trying to run MS/PCDOS on modern day equipment---especially when there's a pre-existing OS on the machine (that potentially could be borked by trying to install an older OS along side)

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November 16, 2015 at 08:56:02
I fully agree with Derek and ijack: the best way to run DOS on a modern system (including Windows XP) is to install it as guest operating system inside a virtual machine. In that way you can run DOS and Windows concurrently, without having to select the environment at boot time. To install DOS in a virtual machine the best media is just floppy images.

DOSBox is a DOS emulator aimed to run legacy games, but not suited to satisfy the needs of an user that wishes to have DOS on his own hands.

As virtual machine you can choose MS Virtual PC or VirtualBox (both free). Installing Virtual PC ignore any warning issued by Microsoft and reduce the virtual machine RAM to 16 MB. The process is harder to explain than to execute and at no risk at all.

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