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Need help with dos commands

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by babooleo, Jan 22, 2005.

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  1. babooleo

    babooleo Thread Starter

    Dec 30, 2003
    I have a DOS startup disk, but it doesn't contain all the DOS commands such as format, fdisk, etc. so i can reformat my laptop hardrive. Can anyone either send me the dos file to download or lead me in the right direction to download from the internet?

    Thanks to anyone that can help me. :rolleyes:
  2. babooleo

    babooleo Thread Starter

    Dec 30, 2003
    Hi..I'm sorry if this is a repeat post but I can't seem to locate my original post. I have a DOS startup disk but it doesn't have commands such as format, etc. Can anybody send me a DOS file that contains these or direct me to a site where I can dowload it.
  3. elaich


    Jan 22, 2005
    Look in your C:\Windows\Command directory and see if the commands are there. If so, you can copy them directly to your startup disk. On my ME computer, FORMAT.COM is in there.

    You could run into a problem using commands from other DOS versions - the old "Incorrect DOS version" bugaboo.
  4. Moby


    Mar 18, 2002
    Your original post is a massive 6 inches further down the screen in this forum ;)
    I'll request them joined.
  5. Bob Cerelli

    Bob Cerelli

    Nov 2, 2002
    I have a section with instructions for creating a boot disk at:

    There is also the generic one which you can download and extract at:

    There are a lot of the DOS utilities there that don't normally get added when you make one from Win98. For example Diskcopy, Doskey, Format, More, Sys, Edit, Chkdsk, Deltree, Extract, Fdisk, Attrib, Label, Mem, Scandisk, Scanreg, Smartdrv and Xcopy.

    Not only are there more utilities on there but it starts much faster since it doesn't have to create the RAM disk and then expand the cab file from the floppy to that RAM disk.

    It automatically loads with support for a generic CD ROM and assigns it the drive letter of X:

    There is also a CD ROM boot image you can download at:
  6. ~Candy~

    ~Candy~ Retired Administrator

    Jan 27, 2001
    I've merged both threads, in the future, please click on your user name to find your previous posts.


    I like to recommend one from there. Save to desktop, NOT to floppy, double click and follow instructions.
  7. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    BootDisk has a number of boot floppy images for download.
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