Is there a way to boot directly to cmd?

June 16, 2011 at 06:10:00
Specs: Windows Vista
I have a bit of a impossible task. I have to get a full screen dos program to work on Windows 7. It runs in the command window fine, but it will not go full screen without installing out of date video drivers which is not feasible in this situation.

My thoughts are to have XP-mode/virtualbox boot up, and go straight into the program. Windows XP is better but win2k would work too. Just straight up using dos doesn't really work, for one I don't know dos all that well, and I can't get the program to start under just straight dos. The less steps between clicking on the icon, and using the program the better. The end user is not a computer person.

I am doing this for my boss at work, my hope is to change jobs soon, so I want a solution that isn't "techie".

The program is Leading Edge Word Processor so I need to have it be able to print.

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June 16, 2011 at 06:14:39
Just to clarify the solution itself can be as technical as it needs to be, but the usability of the end solution must be easy.

The best I have come up with so far, is using a virtualbox, and having it go into suspend state on window closure, but if there is a reason the computer reboots while the window is open it would require too much to get back to the program.

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June 16, 2011 at 14:45:30
You can't run a gui in a command prompt no matter what you do to the VM. You could vnc it to some other gui computer however.

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June 16, 2011 at 18:18:26
Just to clarify, there is no DOS in Windows XP, 2000, Vista or 7. There is a Command Prompt but it is not DOS, it just happens to have a similar prompt to DOS and does emulate some DOS commands.. DOS died with Windows 98.

The only way to boot to a command prompt in Windows XP and later is to boot from the CD and go to the recovery console which isn't going to help you at all. Otherwise the command prompt needs Windows to be up and running.

You need to tell your boss in the nicest possible way to get himself a more modern Word Processor. The one he is trying to used was designed to run under DOS in the early 1990s. In computer terms he is still driving a Model T Ford. To get a DOS based word processor to print under Windows is going to be difficult, impossible even without some specialised drivers. because of the way DOS based applications used the printer.

You can get a copy of Open Office which is free and does practically everything MS Office does.


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