I have a Dell 600 that I want to install DOS only on for OS

August 15, 2012 at 09:17:39
Specs: Windows XP
How to make a Computer DOS ONLY without the Virus Windows?

The Computer has a CD-ROM only, no A: drive. I have seen other postings, and under stand creating a CD-Rom with Setup Disk's. But how dose one load DOS drivers when you need to Format to get DOS only?

If one is to Edit Autoexec and Config files, Does one have it look for driver on CD-Rom? Because there in lies the other problem. The Computer Will boot from CD. If that's possible, How can you format then run Setup and it will say to Insert OS in drive and hit CTRL ALT + DEL How can it find the other DIRS?

Or, It does have a USB and I do have a Floppy Drive, So is there DOS Drivers to Load the USB Ports? If that was so it would solve many problems.

I also wonder how to get the virus WINDOWS off the drive so I can Format as it will say WRONG Version of OS to do Format.

It is a shame one can't use a SATA Drive cable and do everything to the Drive via another computer and then simply Plug and Pray.

Thanks to any and all that answers.


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August 15, 2012 at 13:02:12
Buy a floppy drive for it - http://www.thelaptopcentre.co.uk/de... - you're going to need it if you want to run DOS only.

Better still, just buy a really old laptop with floppy drive for next to nothing off eBay. If you're only going to run DOS anything will suffice. You might even be able to make a profit by selling the Dell.

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August 15, 2012 at 14:27:08
You can create a bootable cd with the dos version you want to install. Boot with it and FDISK to remove the existing partition, reboot and fdisk again to create a new one. Reboot again and FORMAT C:/S the drive (the /S transfers the system files to the hard drive to make it bootable).

Dos doesn't have to be 'installed'. You can just create a DOS directory on the hard drive and copy the dos files to it. Depending on where you get the dos version the files may be compressed. If so you'll need to use the EXPAND command to manually expand them. Get a dos cdrom driver and add it to the directory too.

Then reboot to the hard drive, EDIT a CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT and you're done.

Alot depends too on what version of dos you plan to use. Something like Freedos or windows 98 dos will be fat32 capable and see large partitions. The original dos versions and the first version of windows 95 dos weren't fat32 capable so you're limited to partitions no larger than 2 gig.

It's a bit more complicated than installing windows from cd or dos from floppies but it can be done. As already mentioned you may be better off buying an older PC or at least installing a floppy drive.

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August 15, 2012 at 14:47:11
FreeDOS CD Version, the only "current" MS-DOS 'compatible' version of DOS


ARM Devices the future. Windows have accepted the fact!

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August 15, 2012 at 23:39:18
Thanks for what ever you said.
I don't want Windows95 dos. I want to stay away completely from that worthless windows as the programs I need to run only operate in DOS. Also, I can't use this info but I thank you for at least trying.

Citibank destroyed my entire life and credit and I am 100% disabled. I barely get enough to get to the doctors. I can't buy anything.

I did mention I have a USB A: Drive for that computer. But I can't buy one to install in it.
From your answer I also assume there is no way to load a USB Port(s). I don't know enough about editing files so will give up.

Thank you.

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August 16, 2012 at 17:14:15
The windows 95 or 98 dos doesn't have to be installed with windows. It's really just the files in the windows\command directory and then whatever other files you might want like a dos cdrom driver and mouse driver. If you fdisk and format as I mentioned above and then copy those files to a dos directory it'll boot directly to dos. You can also setup a 98 (and probably 95) windows installation to boot directly to dos.

Dos USB support is hit or miss and usually takes some experimenting before (or if) you get it set up right. There's some ideas on that at bootdisk.com.

But cdrom support is easy in dos.

You still haven't mentioned what size hard drive you have or what version of dos you planned to install.

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