Windows XP DOS Start Up Boot Disk

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Windows XP DOS Start Up Boot Disk

  • Hi

    Has anyone used the floppy diskette to create a DOS Start Up Disk from
    Windows XP Home Edition operating system computer?

    I does not have any useful DOS commands.
    It just only has command.com, mode.com and keyb.com commands.
    The autoexec.bat and config.sys files are empty but are added to this start
    up disk recently after this DOS Start Up floppy disk is read.

    This DOS Start Up Boot Disk allows you to boot to DOS and only having access
    to the A prompt.

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    I restarted my computer by clicking the Restart button in the Start Menu in
    Windows XP Home Edition.

    Here are the three commands that I typed at the A prompt in DOS:

    A:\> command
    Microsoft(R) Windows Millennium
    (c) Copyright Microsoft Corp 1981-1999

    A:\> mode
    LPT1: not rerouted
    Retry: None
    Code page operation not supported on this device
    Status for device LPT2:
    --------------------------
    LPT2: not rerouted
    Status for device LPT3:
    --------------------------
    LPT3: not rerouted
    Status for device CON:
    --------------------------
      Column = 80
      Lines = 25
    Code page operation not supported in this device
    Status for device COM 1:
    ----------------------------
    Retry = None

    A:\> keyb
    KEYB has not been installed
    Active code page not available from CON device

    I thought after executing the command.com that Windows XP Home Edition will
    appear but it did not, instead Windows Millennium appeared; this seem strange?

    What does the information for executing mode.com and keyb.com at the A
    prompt above mean?

    Does any one find this DOS Start Up Boot Disk useful?

    Any ideas or suggestions.

    Much Help Appreciated.

    Thanks.

    :smileyindifferent:
  • From Discussion Group: Windows XP General Discussion
    Subject: Re: Need Help with Windows XP's DOS Start Up Boot Disk
    Date:11/30/2005 7:15 PM PST
    From:Wesley Vogel
    > The autoexec.bat and config.sys files are empty but are added to this
    > start up disk recently after this DOS Start Up floppy disk is read.
    
    Those files are empty because they were copied from your machine.  XP has no
    use for them.
    
    [[The MS-DOS startup disk only allows the system to boot into an MS-DOS
    prompt. The disk contains no additional tools. ]]
    To create an MS-DOS startup disk
    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/win_create_dos_startup_disk.mspx
    
    > will appear but it did not, instead Windows Millennium appeared; this
    > seem strange?
    
    That was just the version of command.com that was open, Windows Millennium
    did not get installed on your machine. The Windows XP MS-DOS Startup Disk is
    basically a scaled down version of a Windows Millennium Startup Disk.
    That's why command.com opens with Windows Millennium showing.
    
    The commands that you get are...
    External commands: you already mentioned those, but...
    KEYB.COM  Configures a keyboard for a specific language.
    
    You can use MODE:
    To configure a serial communications port
    To display the status of all devices or of a single device
    To redirect output from a parallel port to a serial communications port
    To select, refresh, or display the numbers of the code pages for the console
    To change the size of the command prompt screen buffer
    To set the keyboard typematic rate
    
    Internal commands, here's a list, not all the commands are available:
    http://www.computerhope.com/jargon/i/intecomm.htm
    
    An MS-DOS startup disk is not a substitute for a boot disk.  All it does
    is get you to an A:\ prompt even if you cannot boot your machine any other
    way.
    
    These may be helpful...
    
    How to use System files to create a boot disk to guard against being unable
    to start Windows XP
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;314079
    
    [[You may be able to use a Windows XP bootable disk to start the operating
    system on a computer running Windows XP.]]
    How To Create a Boot Disk for an NTFS or FAT Partition in Windows XP
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;305595
    
    Creating a boot disk for an NTFS or FAT partition
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;311073
    
    -- 
    Hope this helps.  Let us know.
    
    Wes
    MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
  • Hi there

    I am having similar problems, and worse, I have tried both a boot disk created from the XP system AND created the MS-DOS start up disk that the computer is not reading.  Any other recommendations on how to change the active drive so that the computer can start up? (I installed a 4th drive that is a laptop drive that is confusing the computer and not starting)

    Thank you.