Re: booting to command prompt

Re: booting to command prompt

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Posted by colin on November 06, 2001 at 17:13:05:

In Reply to: booting to command prompt posted by joe on November 06, 2001 at 13:34:50:

If you are going to install an OS you boot to a command prompt from the floppy, so you get an A:> with Win 95 you will need Old msdos CD drivers in the autoexec and config files on the floppy. You dont need to be able to boot to drive C:, there's nothing on it and if you fall for the old myth that you must make the drive bootable again(installing an OS does this anyway) you use the command Format C:/s The /s tranfers system files to the HDD and allows you to boot to it, but there's nothing else on the drive so there's no point. If you forgot the /s switch when formatting, boot to a floppy again and at the A:> prompt type sys a: c: this copies the system files from the floppy to the HDD. You now have a bootable drive C:
When you come to install an OS it detects these three files and refuses to continue as 'you appear to have an operating system already' is the Windows error message, the way to get it to work is to delete those 3 files from the hard drive and leave yourself why on earth you put them there in the first me.

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