[TRLog] TRLog & Windows98
Gary J. Ferdinand W2CS
Thu, 27 Jan 2000 08:29:00 -0500
With Windows-98, and I believe Windows-95 as well, there is a FAR EASIER WAY to boot
directly to a DOS prompt than using either of the methods I've seen documented here.
[What I'm about to describe is also documented under Win98 (probably also 95) by
clicking on START..HELP, search for "ms-dos," select "to start your computer without
starting Windows." Follow the instructions.]
It takes two keystrokes at boot-up, one of them timing dependent.
Restart your computer, either a restart or a full power-on. It doesn't matter
whether the computer was off or whether you do a START..SHUTDOWN followed by a Power
off or Restart. Just get the computer rebooting.
While it's booting wait for the beep and then *immediately* HIT and HOLD the CTRL
key. On some computers the same thing works if you HIT and HOLD F8.
You will then immediately be confronted with an DOS-like screen of options. Select
option 5, "Command Prompt Only." The system will do its thing with AUTOEXECs and the
like and leave you in full-screen DOS mode without doing the additional processing to
bring up Windows. For the duration of this boot-up you're stuck with DOS, which I
presume is what several posters here want!
So, for two key presses (CTRL and 5) you've got a DOS bootup. It's fast and involves
absolutely no system changes.
The next time you reboot, unless you do it again, you will boot up Windows normally.
There's nothing to un-do to go back to a normal Windows system, other than reboot.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On
> Behalf Of Francis Flynn
> Sent: Wednesday, January 26, 2000 8:57 PM
> To: Bob Wolbert, K6XX; TR Log
> Subject: Re: [TRLog] TRLog & Windows98
> Even with windows 98, you can have your machine boot to good old familiar DOS
> Edit the msdos.sys file, which in windows 95 or 98 isn't really a sys file like
> it was back in
> DOS 6.22 and before days, it's really an ascii text file.
> To edit this you first have to change the file's attributes by using the attrib
> command like this:
> attrib c:\msdos.sys -r -a -s -h
> This unsets all four of the attributes, then bring it up into any kind of text
> editor you like,
> msdos edit works ok and change the line "BootGUI=1" to "BootGUI=0"
> (that's zero not 'oh')
> Then put TR in your autoexec.bat. If you don't have, create one with the same
> text editor.
> (Windows95 and up doesn't need an autoexec.bat or config.sys, but will work
> with one if it's there)
> If you want to run windows, quit TR and type 'win' at the prompt.
> You don't have to, but you can set the attributes back again (attrib msdos.sys
> +r +a +s +h)
> This is what I do on my laptop with Win98 installed, it's good if you have to
> reboot TR
> for any reason. You don't have to sit and wait while all the GUI junk loads up.
> -Fran KM1Z
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