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wdfndn

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Hi,

In 98 when I wanted to boot into dos I just hit F8.

How do I reboot into dos using xp pro please?

Thx

Woody
 
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Right well, you see, win 95 & 98 still required DOS to run them, however win me and xp don't, so they don't ahve an option of restarting in dos.
I think there is a way to get to dos though. I did this at the start of the year, however forgot excactly how to now.
Restart windows, and when it says "Please select the operating system to start" press f8. If it doesn;t say that (it probably won't) press f8 just before the windows logo with the bar below it comes up.
Then I THINK it should have the option of going to dos amongst such things as safe mode.
 

wdfndn

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Thx Scmazter,

I didn't know about ME and XP not requiring dos.
apparently I can't do what I wanted to do anyway because the deltree command doesn't work in XP.

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Woody
 
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Ahhh, I tried it and lol no way to ecit to dos.
But what do u mean delete command doesn't work?
I think the del thing still working and del *.* if u want to vipe the whole dir.
WHy don't u tell me what you want to do?
 

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Deltree does work - if you copy it from a 98 machine to the Winnt/system32 folder. I use it to delete my temporary folder on start up. Set up a bat file and put it in your startup folder

@echo off
c:
cd \
deltree /y C:\temp
md temp
echo done
 

wdfndn

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Thanks Dave, I was after doing something along those lines.
I don't trust microsoft and if you take a look at the article shown below it says you have to boot in dos to completely get rid of your cache and history.
I had np doing this with 98 but with XP I haven't much of a clue....You say " copy it from a 98 machine to the Winnt/system32 folder."
copy what exactly? and how do i set a bat folder please?
http://www.****microsoft.com/content/ms-hidden-files.shtml

Showing my lack of understanding now :eek:

Woody
 
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What I would do is make a batch file which, as said before, should look something like:

@echo off
c:
cd \
deltree /y C:\temp
md temp
echo done

Then place that file in the registry under the run category:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
Navigate to that and create a new key, a string value, called ClearTemp or something and make the value a path to where you store the batch file.
Then it will run the batch file whenever a user logs onto the computer.

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There is really no need to start copying files from Win98 cds. To delete a directory from the command prompt in XP type:

rd /s <dirname>
 
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Hi coderitr,

Re: above post,
please describe how to get to a command prompt in XP.

Thanks, John :)
 
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Hi coderitr,

Re: post two above,
please describe how to get to a command prompt in XP.

Thanks, John :)
 
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Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> Command Prompt

__ OR __

Start -> Run -> cmd -> [enter]
 
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Ok,
right.
Does this give access to the normal range of DoS commands ?

I'm asking in particular about 'Interlnk'

Regards, John :)
 
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