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How do I get to DOS without running windows and how do I access specific files?

Posted By : Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on March 17, 2004

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How do I get to the DOS Prompt from windows? I don't want window's to run at all, i just want DOS. Also, if I try to run any programs from DOS I get this:

No application is associated with the specified file. Create an association by using the Explorer.

I can't run any EXE files, what do I do?


This question was answered on March 17, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

First off in order for an application run in DOS it has to be a 16 bit application.

In Windows, DOS apllications or 16 bit applications ordinarily run in a virtual DOS machine or DOS box This allows the 16bit application to think it is running in real mode, while the Windows OS is managing the hardware resources using 32bit drivers.

If you want to run DOS without windows, you will need to go Windows Explorer, select the program filename, then right click then program filename and select Properties Next click the Program tab and then click Advanced.

The Advanced Program Settings box is displayed, then click MS-DOS mode to run the application in real mode.

Once this is done, in order to access real mode, click START and click Shutdown When the Shutdown Windows dialog box appears, select Restart in MS-DOS mode.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on March 17, 2004

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