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Windows 7: DOS anyone?

3 Weeks Ago   #11
Paul Black

Win 7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3

Hi TechnoMage2016,

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You can talk about it here. Could be interesting for people who don't know much about it.
I agree.

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3 Weeks Ago   #12

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

You can probably use diskgenius to extract dos img files to usb stick
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3 Weeks Ago   #13

Win 7 Pro 32-bit

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......curious just how many PC enthusiasts today still use DOS to help them get out of problems in Windows that Windows can't handle. ???
I still use DOS, but only as small batch files that I use to link between other routines such as home-grown GwBASIC and MouseRecorder scripts or to launch "proper" 3rd-party Windows programs. I'm still waiting for the Web to clearly explain to me how to write real Windows programs without tears, and until then I find that DOS, BASIC and MouseRecorder between them can usually get me where I want to be.

It's pretty simple stuff such as replacing the ad-man's tracking parameters from URLs with obfuscating data , creating playlists from a folder of Mp3s or from a web page such as SoundCloud, and controlling a 3rd-party command line utility called Youtube-dl.exe so it will download YouTube videos from URLs on the clipboard and text file lists without my having to type at the command line.

So for me its use isn't so much for getting out of problems that Windows can't handle, it's for doing a few things that Windows can't do, or Windows programs can't do, without too many mouse clicks and keypresses.
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3 Weeks Ago   #14

Windows 7/8.1/10 multiboot

I loved my C64. I learned to program in 6510 machine-language on that computer.

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[...] MS DOS 2.0. It worked great on my first hard drive, the Seagate 20 MB half height drive.
Ah yes, the venerable ST-225. I still have two of those. At one time I had about 6 or 8, but after it became clear the world had moved on to IDE drives I dumped all my MFM drives except for two -- one that after 35 years still runs on my original IBM PC (model 5150), and one as a spare in case that first one ever dies.

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I downloaded the program for DOS 6.22 (I've lost my original disks) the program that ran was what looked like a batch file converted to an .exe file. Well that's OK, but when it ran it wanted to build the DOS disks on 3.5" Floppy Disks. I've not had a computer with a floppy disk drive in it, for a very long time. (although I still have several hundred 3.5" Floppy Disks)
Heck, I've got hundreds of 5.25" Floppy Disks, but no drive to read them. [...] I just wonder if I could use my USB external Floppy Disk Drive. I've not used that in so long that I don't remember if it will come up in Explorer as drive "A:" or not. Eh? It would really be fun, to once again have DOS 6.22 on disk.
My old IBM PC is fitted with 3.5" (1.44MB) and 5.25" (1.2MB) floppy drives, and I've powered it up on occasion when I needed to transfer stuff from 5.25" to 3.5" formats. Of course, the IBM PC doesn't have USB or network capabilities, but if I can get stuff into 3.5" format I can read it on more modern PCs.

I still have one testbed PC with a 3.5" internal floppy, but whenever I want to use it I always have to clean the heads because it just collects dust from so much disuse. An external USB floppy drive works better because it can be tucked away when not in use, and is portable amongst multiple PCs, as well. The BIOS in many modern computers will recognize the USB floppy during POST and hard-assign it as the A: drive, so you can even boot from it if necessary.

I still have copies of MS-DOS 6.22 if you need them. Unsure of the lifespan of floppy disks, I imaged the 4-disk set so it could subsequently be restored to fresh 3.5" floppies with the old rawrite.exe utility. (I similarly made images of my floppies for PC-DOS 2.1, 3.0, 3.1, and 3.3, and MS-DOS 3.2 and 5.0.)

All my personal machines (3 desktops and two laptops) multiboot with a DOS partition, which I routinely boot into to run Terabyte Image-for-DOS. However, all my DOS partitions run DOS 7.1 (the unofficial release underlying Win98SE) because it supports FAT32 and larger partitions. DOS 6.22 was limited to FAT16 and partitions of no more than 2GB.

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3 Weeks Ago   #15

Win 7 Pro 32-bit

When it comes to ancient 3rd-party utilities like those mentioned, I must have got tons of those. A lot of them are from Hiren's Boot Disk, which had Norton Ghost on it, though it was marked as "optional" and didn't have the required file to run it - what happened was that when I tried to launch it, it told me the name of the file I needed, I typed that into a search engine, downloaded it, put it into the right folder, and have been using it ever since. I guess not having it in the original boot disk was Hiren's way of staying legal. My original purchased copy of Ghost ran off a floppy and was great except that it couldn't see NTFS, though the manual said it could. So I was glad to find the slightly more up-to-date version did what the one I bought was supposed to do.

Other utilities on there I've found very useful are Odin (full disk backup program that I used till I found Ghost - much more reliable and complete that that Windows Backup & Restore abomination, but Ghost is better), Unstoppable Copier (whenever I copy a huge load of files using Windows drag & drop, it keeps stopping with stupid questions, when I just want the job to be completed when I get back to the computer in a few hours' time), File Recovery Tool (which has recovered files that Windows tells me can't be recovered), Disk Genius (partition manager), Battery Status, FileTypes Manager. Wouldn't want to be without them.
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2 Weeks Ago   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate, SP1, x86

Ghost 3.0, for instance, could indeed NOT see an NTFS drive. * Symantec finally upgraded the old DOS Ghost program to Ghost 11.5 and it WILL see and backup NTFS drives.

I've been using it for years, to back up everything from Win-98 to Win-10.

I did a web search for "Ghost 11.5" one day, just for kicks, and I found it and downloaded the ISO for Ghost on a boot disk. Neat! It boots up a PC right to the Ghost main screen.
I prefer my own Ghost boot disk, which boots up to a DOS menu, so I can run Ghost or do some other things.

* I used to run Windows XP on a FAT-32 formatted HD, in spite of the fact that many self proclaimed Experts said I couldn't do that. That allowed me to back up my HD with Ghost 3.0 (DOS Version).

Today, I still use Ghost 11.5, booted up from a CD or Flash Drive (or even an SD Memory Card) to back up my Windows 7 SSD, at least once a week. I also CLONE my SSD to a 1TB spinner.

With Ghost 11.5 still floating around out there in the Cloud, everyone who could use it, can find it.

Thanks for all the interesting responses.

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2 Weeks Ago   #17

Win 7 Pro 32-bit

Wow - I'd love to have Ghost on its own on a boot drive. Must be quicker to use than my method where I have to launch the entire Hiren's disk and then choose Ghost from the menu. I did a search for the Ghost .iso file but my virus checkers didn't like the look of the downloads, which weren't actually the .iso itself but typically a tiny zip file within a zip file that (presumably) was supposed to download the actual goodies when run. I chickened out. I know my system partition is pretty much immune from viruses because of my use of full system backup & restore, but the data partition wouldn't be immune from ransomware etc.

Interesting that you've got it working with Windows 10. Does that mean your bootable Ghost image is UEFI compliant? I gather Win10 computers mostly have UEFI (in fact I think I read that Microsoft won't license Win10 to hardware manufacturers unless they include it). In any case I've noticed that my wife's Win10 computer won't boot with Hiren's, no doubt because Hiren's ain't UEFI-compliant. For her computer I've still to try a UEFI-compliant boot disk that (if I remember right) SIF2 kindly handed out a while ago which has AOMEI Backupper on it, and I know that works a treat on my own computers.
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2 Weeks Ago   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate, SP1, x86

If you can just get your hands on a copy of "Ghost 11.5" (.exe) then you can make a DOS boot disk and just put the Ghost file on it. I did something like that, to create what is now my Ghost boot disk.
I started with a DOS boot floppy disk, formatted under Windows ME. Then went to a Flash Drive, then to a CD. Now I have it on a CD, Flash Drive, and even an SD Memory Card.

I've recently found that I can take a small CD, create an ISO of it, and attach that ISO file to an email and send it wherever. Of course, that depends on the compatibility of the email program being used.

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2 Weeks Ago   #19

Windows 7 Pro x64 sp1

Way back in the 90's, I was doing a computer course at community college. The ancient pcs used to boot to DOS and you had to type 'win' to start Windows. Following my class was a women only group, and one week I decided to prank them.

I whizzed round all the machines and made the c:\ prompt show the message 'enter password - ask a man if necessary'. There was no password, typing 'win' still worked. However, nobody tried that - and a tech was called out. He quickly diagnosed the prank, but the humiliation of the women's group needing a male to fix things !

Next week : 'YOU !!! OFFICE !!! NOW !!!'

but ...
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2 Weeks Ago   #20

Windows 7 Ultimate, SP1, x86

Going 'way back ' to the early 90's, I taught a class in DOS for the County Community Continuing Education Dept. for three semesters. Old PC's with dual 5.25" floppy drives and NO HD's. It was a real Hoot! I enjoyed it and so did my students who were all adults, from 36 to 86. I had to give certain keys nic-names so the students could remember them. The Enter Key was the "DO IT!" key. So, after typing in a command at the DOS Prompt, you must press the "DO IT" key. Eh?

I also taught one class in DOS to a group of County Employees. They loved it! We used a Computer Lab in a High School, in the afternoon when school was out for the day.

Well, I have a problem..... I cannot send an email using GMail, and attach an executable file like an ISO or ZIP file. I hit send and the email just goes off into a cloud somewhere, never to be seen again! Grrr!
Is there a forbidden file list at GMail?

But, I've found a great Work Around, to send a friend my DOS Utilities Disk in ISO form.....
I installed "Team Viewer 14" FREE, and I can send all those files, Peer to Peer, in just a few seconds.

A few years ago, I tried using Drop Box to share files, but the Guru's at Drop Box kept deleting them. So I put Drop Box on my Sh** List. It's worthless, if I can't send what I want. Eh?

So, if someone really wanted to work with me, I can share my DOS disks with them via Team Viewer.

I've got a thunder storm coming in here. Catch y'all later,
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