MS-DOS was the most popular operating system for desktop PCs until the mid-1990s. Do not use this tag for questions about Windows command line programs or scripts.

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Transferring “large” file off of MS-DOS 5.0 Machine (without removing HDD)

As part of some sort of legal record-keeping thing, my father's business lawyers has requested a copy of the database of customers from a work computer. The core issue is that this work computer is a ...
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Does Windows still rely on MS-DOS?

I am just about to start an OS course and as an Apple user I am not very familiar with the underlying details of Windows OS. I was wondering, is MS DOS still used with Windows running on top or is ...
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Is it possible to run an old 16-bit DOS application under Windows 7 64-bit? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why 64 bit OS can't run a 16 bit application? How do I get 16-bit programs to work on a 64-bit Windows? Here at work my new development machine is Windows 7 64-bit ...
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Do you have to install DOS 6.22 before installing Windows 3.0?

I've been tasked with creating a VM with Windows 3.0 and Office 3.0 on it. I have the install disks for Windows and Office but not for DOS. Do I need to have DOS installed first to install Windows ...
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How do I check a checkbox in DOS?

At a certain point during the installation of FreeDOS, one has to choose which optional packages to install. The packages selected by default are marked with Xs in their repective boxes. One then has ...
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What is the difference between CMD and Command prompt in windows?

Until now, I never thought (and never observed) that cmd and command are two different things. Well, are they? Take a look at this pic: Actually, I usually open cmd from the Run dialog whenever I ...
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How do I connect a 5 1/4" floppy drive to a modern PC?

This question was originally posted on Gaming Stack Exchange. I have a small collection of 5 1/4" floppy disks (early Sierra games) that I am trying to read. How can I connect a drive that accepts ...
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best way of moving files to a DOS machine?

I've got an old DOS (read: abandonware) machine running my old DOS games (as referenced here). I'm finding that over time, my floppies are starting to die and become completely unreadable. So ...
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MS-DOS command to delete all files except one

Is there an MS-DOS command that allows me to delete all files except one? Consider as an example the following files: a.001 a.002 a.003 a.exe a.c Is there a command to delete all files ...
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How do I install MS-DOS 6.22 upgrade in a virtual machine without bootable DOS 6.0 installation media?

I am trying to create an MS-DOS 6.22 virtual machine in VMware. I have MS-DOS 6.0 and the 6.22 upgrade from the MSDN subscriber downloads. In order to install the 6.22 upgrade, I have to install 6.0 ...
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Fullscreen digital clock for DOS 6.22?

I came across a Dolch L-Pac 586 a few months ago. My boss was going to throw it out, but I managed to convince him to let me give it a home. Since then, I've been wracking my brains, trying to think ...
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How to copy a file to a directory in DOS, and create directories if necessary?

How can I copy a file using DOS commands into a directory structure that may not yet exist? I need to be able to force the creation of the directory path to the target file location if that location ...
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Is it better to turn off computer or power continuously to keep ancient 1990 harddrive alive (MSDOS 6.22 )

I want to extend the life of this harddrive as much as possible because I found it nearly impossible to clone. It is running MSDOS 6.22. 110mb harddrive from 1990. The computer is only utilized 1 ...
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How can I get more low memory with the following setup:

Modules using memory below 1 MB: Name Total = Conventional + Upper Memory -------- ---------------- ---------------- ---------------- MSDOS 14 317 (14K) ...
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How to list hardware in DOS?

I have a PC running MS-DOS (i.e. no Windows). How can I retrieve a list of all hardware present on the PC? Something like Everest for Windows, or something simpler, like lspci from Linux.
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Installing MS-DOS

I am interested to do a clean install of MS-DOS 6.2 on my old PC with Pentium III (32-bit) processor. Just for fun. I obtained a copy of MS-DOS from Microsoft download Site. Is that the correct ...
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Using Win32 in DOS

Is there a way that I can start the Win32 environment or run Win32 programs from DOS without starting the Windows GUI? I'm using a Windows 98 PC that is booted into DOS mode from a floppy disk. ...
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What are the replacement options for an IDE hard disk for a DOS based system?

I have got a few "embedded" systems running MSDOS 6.2 which boot from and store data to IDE hard disks. Since these drives are nearing their end of life, the question arises how we can replace them. ...
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Equivalent of badblocks on Windows or DOS

Is there a utility in DOS or Windows that is as thorough as badblocks on Linux?
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Are the Command Prompt and MS-DOS the same thing?

I argued with my friend that the Command Prompt is just a GUI version of MS-DOS which works in the Windows forms environment. He totally disagrees with me. Who is right?
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How to test if a program pi 16-Bit compatible?

I'm creating a GUI for soPDF written in Delphi, but I want to know if soPDF is 16-Bit compatible, because I need to run it in MS-DOS 6.22 Also, can I do this test with DOSBox?
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Starting MS-DOS in safe mode via config.sys menu?

Is there a way to start MS-DOS 6.22 in safe mode through a command in the config.sys file? I'm using the multi-configuration option in config.sys and need an option to start the machine in safe mode ...
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LAN connection - DOS to Windows 7

Hello community, This is my problem: I'm trying to connect a DOS-machine to a Windows 7 computer, using a LAN-crossover-cable - and it won't work. I want to access a shared directory on the ...
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MM! file in every directory

There's a file called MM! in every directory in DOS 6.22. Just MM!, no file extension... What causes this?
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How can I run a (16-bit) .COM executable that has been renamed to .COS?

I'm trying to run a couple of 16-bit legacy DOS programs from a standard windows XP dos prompt. The problem is that the file extensions have been renamed from .COM to .COS and they are stored on ...
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CPU running at full capacity when boot to DOS?

Does the CPU is run at 100% or near full capacity when the computer is booted into MS-DOS? Will the CPU temperature become higher even though we are not running any program in DOS mode? In Windows, ...
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Is there a way to append files efficiently using the DOS copy command?

Using the DOS copy command syntax to concatenate files: copy file1.txt+file2.txt all.txt I know I can do this... copy file1.txt+file2.txt file1.txt Is this efficient? Is it doing what I'm ...
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Floppy drive doesn’t work in Windows, but does outside of Windows

Problem My (internal) floppy drive does not work in Windows (neither XP nor 7). That is, when trying to access the A: drive, nothing occurs, no light, no motor, nothing. It does however work in DOS, ...
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Accessing rights of worms,viruses,etc

If I create a folder named nul (or con, prn,etc) which are DOS reserved names, I will not be able to edit (or modify or delete) files inside it directly. So my doubt is that, if the PC is infected ...
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Restoring ancient zip file spanning floppy disks: pkzipfix equivalents?

I'm about to attempt something odd, and before I wasted time going down the wrong paths, I thought I'd see if anyone here has done this before. I have a zip file created in DOS (in 1997?) with pkzip ...
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How to show refresh rate of monitor in MS-DOS Version 6.22

I was forwarded from Stackoverflow to ask this question here. I am running a psych experiment on an old MS-DOS computer. When I ran the experiment on a different computer that is split via a switch ...
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Install a CD-ROM driver on MS-DOS

I have an old MS-DOS computer that I am experimenting with. The computer has an AMD 80386 processor, 1664 KB of RAM, a 50 MB hard drive, and two floppy disk drives: one 3 1/2 inch, the other 5 1/4 ...
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DOS Copy command to multiple folders

I want to copy a file from one folder to another folder which has many sub-folders. Using MS-DOS command, how can I copy this file to all sub-folders. Can any one please help me on this? Eg. I have a ...
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How can I access dos from Windows XP

How can I access MS DOS from win XP? I want to upgrade my BIOS. (Downgrade, in fact.)
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Check whether a file/folder exists, with DOS command-line (NOT batch script)

I am on DOS trying to find out whether a file/folder exists or not. EXIST could be used in batch, but it is not available on the command-line: C:\Users\WIN7PR~1>EXIST C:\Users 'EXIST' is not ...
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Is it possible to boot DOS from USB?

I've got a pc running CentOS, it has no CD or floppy drive. It has an Intel board and I need to upgrade the BIOS because the current version doesn't support CPU vt (however CPU got it) for KVM. I ...
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How can MS-DOS and other text mode programs display Japanese characters

I've seen many text mode BIOS setup screens in Japanese. Recently I've even seen windows XP setup in Japanese. MS-DOS had Japanese versions too. Real DOS mode, not windows command promt! ...
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On my old DOS computer I need to run a specific game first otherwise some games won't run

But why is that? It still seems to me almost like magic. The computer is Amstrad PC2086/30, and the game that I have to run first is either The Cycles: International Grand Prix Racing or Grand Prix ...
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BSD fortune for Windows command prompt or DOS

This is probably a stupid question, but I was just wondering if the following is doable: If I should just forget about it and go the VM/ full GNU-Linux OS route, that's fine.After mucking about with ...
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What does ComSpec mean?

Merely curious about the etymology of the Windows environment variable %COMSPEC%. I understand it (usually) points to cmd.exe. The best I could find online is Command Specifier, which sounds ...
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How to reinstall OEM Windows 98 SE on an old Toshiba desktop?

I'm trying to install Windows 98 SE on an old Toshiba desktop PC and it's not going well. Toshiba stopped producing desktops around the year 2000. This model is from around 1999/2000, and it's called ...
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Windows 98 DOS Prompt Backup.exe & Restore.exe

I have an old application that run in Windows 98 DOS Prompt and it need backup.exe and restore.exe to export and import data , but i can't find these files , i founded dos supplement kit on ...
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PCI Expansion card resource allocation by a Plug-and-Play BIOS

Plug-and-Play BIOS spec says that if you have a PnP BIOS, it can configure the hardware. This means that your BIOS reads the resource requirements of all devices and configures them (allocates ...
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DOS application to allow remote management of files over serial link

Harken back to the days of MS-DOS 6.22. I have an embedded DOS handheld device, and I'm looking for a tool to manage the files stored on it. I picture an application I can launch on the device that ...
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How to list one file in each subdirectory of root folder?

Apologies if this is trivial- but how do list just one file in each subdirectory of my root folder? Linux terminal or MS DOS syntax doesn't matter. I would guess it would be an ls or dir command with ...
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Is there any way to convert 16bit DOS app to 32bit?

Is there any way to convert a 16bit DOS app to a 32bit app so that I'm not constrained by the 16383 limit? Or maybe there is a way of running a 16bit app as a 32bit app without converting it? I don't ...
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Screen capture in DOS

Is it possible to capture screen in MS-DOS and save the screen as a JPEG image?
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16-bit DOS on Windows Vista+

I have a friend that uses some really old business software and for whatever reason doesn't want to check out a new version (if one even exists, he's in a niche market). The software ran as a 16-bit ...
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Can ms dos list all files and directory (including hidden ones)

I think there used to be a command called dir -a or something like that. Now it's no longer there isn't it? To see hidden file we need dir /a:h which will show only hidden files, which is not ...
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Resources for Unix users trying to learn DOS?

I am an experienced UNIX user that knows my way around the UNIX terminal. However, whenever I use a Windows computer and try and use the Command Prompt, I cannot do much more than list the contents of ...