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17  Can I have my Windows 95 or 98 computer start directly in DOS?

Yes. Follow the steps detailed below...

  • From the Windows desktop select...
    • Start
    • Programs
    • MS-Dos prompt
  • Type the following commands...
    • CD \
    • ATTRIB -S -H -R MSDOS.SYS
    • EDIT MSDOS.SYS
  • There will be a line in the file that reads BOOTGUI=1. Move your cursor to this line and change it to read BOOTGUI=0.
  • Exit the file and save the changes.
  • From the prompt type...
    • ATTRIB +S +H +R MSDOS.SYS
    • EDIT AUTOEXEC.BAT
  • Add the following lines to the top of the file...
    • @ECHO OFF
    • SMARTDRV /X
    • CLS
    • ECHO Type MAXA or WIN to begin.
    • ECHO.
    • ECHO.
  • Exit the file and save the changes.
  • Type EXIT to get back to the Windows desktop.
  • Restart the computer.