TusockyThree68 wrote on 2021-06-06, 23:19:
BeastOfSoda wrote on 2021-06-06, 21:02:
TusockyThree68 wrote on 2021-06-06, 19:02:
This method did work. It shows all of my commands from Autoexec running and then lets me go to the D drive. My next question would be, Is there any other way to get to just the command prompt without the F8 thing? It seems a bit cumbersome. Or is that my only option?
There is a method, but please don't take umbrage at me saying that if you're a newbie with this kind of stuff, then it's not something you should be doing. It involves modifying Windows' system files, and one wrong move could very well make your system unbootable.
For some reason, after I went through the step-by-step boot everything worked fine. Even if I restart into DOS from the Windows start menu like how I was trying before. Now it just works. Not sure why, but that question has now been solved.
It is actually not that hard to boot straight into DOS with a Windows 95/98 installation and not as dangerous as BeastOfSoda mentions. You'll have to edit the MSDOS.SYS file and if you stick to the instructions you won't damage anything.
Once you're in C:\ you'll have to disable the write protection on the MSDOS.SYS file by typing:
attrib -h -s -r MSDOS.SYS
Now you can edit the file with your editor of choice. Scroll down and find the line 'BootGUI=1' and change it to 'BootGUI=0'. The system wil now boot straight into DOS instead of loading into Windows. If you also dislike looking at the Windows Splash screen you can add 'Logo=0' below the BootGui line and it will no longer display the Windows logo. This is very useful, because you'll be able to see the driver loading info.
Very handy in case you use your PC mainly for DOS games/applications and only use Windows for occasional stuff. Saves a lot of time booting up the system too. Just type 'win' and you're back in Windows.
If you're doing this, make sure you also load the soundcard drivers in autoexec.bat. Normally Windows will set these up for you, but if you bypass Windows, they will no longer work. I don't know what type of soundcard you have, but here's a pretty good guide for Soundblaster cards: https://retronn.de/imports/soundblaster_config_guide.html