How do I install Windows 3.1/DOS?

December 28, 2010 at 22:27:27
Specs: Windows 7
I have a folder containing the MS-DOS setup files which I extracted from an executable file which I downloaded from TechNet (just for fun). I want to know how I can make a bootable image from both the Windows 3.11 and the MS-DOS files. I do not have a floppy disk drive, so I need to use a DVD/CD.

Thanks in advance


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#1
December 29, 2010 at 03:39:09
You'll need first to get a boot disk.

http://bootdisk.com/

Once you are able to boot to a DOS prompt from a CD you can begin the installation.

I gather you have unpacked them and yes a disk image is best because DOS installs in a specific sequence. With Windows 3.11 the sequence is not so critical - Windows will find the files it wants.

If the DOS set is an ISO or IMG format, then flashing the image is as simple as burning it to a CD with Roxio, Nero, etc. by following the instructions of the software you are using.

Then bring the CD to your old machine and after you have the basic boot up, your machine should recognise the D: drive. At the command prompt type 'd:' if it isn't there already. Take out the boot cd and pop in your DOS setup CD and execute the setup file and away you go.


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#2
December 29, 2010 at 09:24:28
1. I cannot understand your reply
2. I don't have DOS in image format, as I specified.
3. If I don't have dos in image format, I can't write it to a CD without knowing the boot image, now can I?

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#3
December 29, 2010 at 21:40:52
I did not pirate anything, they were available for download on the Microsoft website for download in the form of self-extracting archives (with TechNet/MSDN subscription of course). I want to know how to use those self-extracting archives. How is it illegal of Microsoft offers the software through the way of a paid subscription?

I have the floppy disks as well, I found them in my basement the other day. But since I don't have a floppy disk drive, I want to know how to use the OS once more just as a fun thing to do in my spare time.


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