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I have Windows 1.04 on seven 5¼" disks, and I have a Dell from 2000 with a 5¼" floppy drive connected up.

Now with the first disk in, and with the BIOS set up to boot from A:, after the normal Dell loading screen the computer flashes up a message for a split second (not enough to read it) and goes into Windows XP normally.

What am I doing wrong?

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+1 for the nostalgia –  jonsca May 15 '11 at 19:26
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the adventure continues, eh :) If you are fast enough, you can try to press pause just when the message comes and post it here. –  Bora May 15 '11 at 19:47
    
Ah, I had no idea the pause key did that - I was actually thinking of using some kind of 'print screen' at the time! I think I rewrote the first disk to see if another Windows version worked, so I don't think we'll ever know now.. –  Spütnik May 16 '11 at 2:42

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Windows pre-NT runs on top of DOS. Install DOS first.

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Thanks. Which version do you recommend? –  Spütnik May 15 '11 at 19:05
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I'd try FreeDOS first. –  Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams May 15 '11 at 19:06
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Apparantly Dos 3.3 works with it –  Simon Sheehan May 15 '11 at 19:06
    
@Mark no, NT predates all of those. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Microsoft_Windows - also, DOS in those versions ran as an application (or sometimes a 'reboot into' option). There was no DOS underlying NT or its successors. –  Kara Marfia May 16 '11 at 4:50

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