how do u start in ms dos

  leeknight67 20:36 31 Mar 2004

how do i start up in ms dos with out going through the start shut down phase the reason is my stupid computer wont shut down and im going to format the thing is the phrase in dos c:\ format u?
thanks in advance


  bremner 20:38 31 Mar 2004

Press F8 during boot and chose Command prompt.

  keith-236785 21:10 31 Mar 2004

Windows will not let you format the partition containing windows, you will need to start in true dos.

to format follow this

1. download a windows98SE startup disk from click here , double click the file you have downloaded (you will need a floppy disk in the drive at this point)

2. set your pc to boot floppy first (you need to go into the bios and change it if it isnt already set) then put the floppy disk in, restart your pc and choose "start the computer without cdrom support", when the computer has finished booting into dos, type

format c:

press enter and accept warning. once finished, remove the floppy disk, restart your pc.

3. set the boot sequence back to boot cd first if thats what it was before or leave as it is, your choice

if you are installing win98, restart with the floppy in the drive, choose start with cdrom support this time, once the computer has finished loading, insert the win 98 cdrom, type E: + press enter (assuming E is your cd rom drive, if not then substitute the cdrom drive letter) then type setup + press enter then follow onscreen instructions.

if installing winxp,

set the pc to boot from cdrom first, insert the winxp cd and restart your pc. setup will start automatically.

again, follow onscreen instructions.

good luck

  keith-236785 21:18 31 Mar 2004

or you could try to shutdown and restart in dos, that would enable you to type

format c:

tyr this first it is easier but you say you are having problems shutting down, so it might not work

  woodchip 22:09 31 Mar 2004

You can create a boot disc while the Comp is working Control Panel Add Remove put clean floppy disc in comp And click create you need your WinCD-Rom disc. then leave the disc in the comp and shut down to dos from the start button. Change the C:\Windows> to A:\ by typing


now just type Format C:

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