Install DOS from CD

Acer / Aspire 5741g
October 8, 2010 at 17:00:00
Specs: Windows 7, 2.13 GHz, 4GB RAM
Hi
I have 3 floppy disk images of MS-DOS on my computer, but no floppy drive, just CDs. I was wondering if I could install these as they are on a partition of my hard drive to test if they work, then install them elsewhere from CD?
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#1
October 8, 2010 at 18:12:01
Perhaps it's possible to run floppy image files in a virtual drive or emulator, but that seems unnecessarily indirect.

You want to install DOS? I take it you want to do this on your Windows 7 machine? Say what you want about its' price , but OSLoader is exactly what you need.
Here it is.

There are a few variants of DOS: DR-DOS, FreeDOS, but I would assume you are in want of an MS-DOS .ISO? Here's one. The partition on which DOS is installed must be formatted using FAT32 or FAT16 and, as far as I know, can only be of a certain size. Other people here will be of more help than I.


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#2
October 8, 2010 at 18:40:51
As far as I know, disk images will only install on the same type disks from which they were copied so I don't think you can extract a floppy image to a hard drive. You may need to break down and buy an old PC that already has a floppy drive.

Installing dos from cd is discussed here:

http://www.computing.net/answers/do...

The problem is the DOSSETUP.INI file that controls the setup sequence is edited for an install from floppy disks.

But you can always manually install it. You could use the EXPAND command to expand the compressed files and then burn them all to a bootable cd. Then boot with the cd, partition and format the hard drive if necessary, SYS the drive, create a dos directory and copy all the files into it.

Real men don't use AntiVirus; they just reformat


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#3
October 9, 2010 at 01:07:06
http://thaiguides.com/Win98SE.iso


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#4
October 9, 2010 at 16:49:24
I do have a late 90s computer with a floppy disk drive, and it's this that I want to install DOS on so I can fix its operating systems. I was just wanting to load it on my 7 computer to test it. Cheers DAVEINCAPS, I'll try to squeeze some info out of that post.
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#5
October 9, 2010 at 17:32:40
A lot of the computers that didn't come with floppy drives still had a floppy connector on the motherboard and bios floppy support. You may be able to temporarily connect the floppy drive from the older PC to the one that has the images and create the disks that way.

Real men don't use AntiVirus; they just reformat


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#6
October 9, 2010 at 19:16:00
I'm sure my 3 month old laptop wouldn't have a floppy drive connector :) It has USB floppy support, but I don't have a USB drive.
I've tried to find virtual floppy drives to fool Virtual PC into thinking the image is an actual floppy disk, but none of them are made for 64-bit like my computer. Just wish I'd bought Windows 7 Pro! Anyone know of any virtual floppy drives for 64-bit Windows?
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