win 98 starts in dos rather than windows

  rsturbo 01:14 08 Sep 2003
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how can i get my win 98 machine to boot straight into windows rather than a dos prompt, where i than have to type 'win' to boot into windows?

thanks for any help

  Megatyte 01:44 08 Sep 2003

From your DOS prompt type "edit autoexec.bat"(without the quotes)

In the page that opens add this line to the bottom..

C:\windows\win

Press(in turn) alt, f, x.

When prompted save the changes.

Re-boot.

AH

  rsturbo 22:45 08 Sep 2003

is there a setting in windows that sorts this? i looked in a friends w98 m/c and found no copy of this command in his a/exec.bat file?

thanks for the response

  Switcher 22:53 08 Sep 2003

In the Root directory I.E. c:\ there is a file called MSDOS.sys.

This file contains a line BOOTGUI=

IF BOOTGUI=0 the pc will start in DOS

IF BOOTGUI=1 the PC will start in Windows

It actually always starts in DOS and either stops there or goes on into windows depending on BOOTGUI=

MSDOS.sys is a SYSTEM,HIDDEN, READ ONLY FILE and these attributes have to be removed to edit the File.


THE normal setting is BOOTGUI=1

  Switcher 23:02 08 Sep 2003

There are utilities such as BOOT 95 or TWEAKUI which will allow you to determine whether your PC boots to DOS or GUI(Windows)

I use WIN98se and always boot to DOS since I use DOS Comms and Spreadsheet programs regularly and simply enter win to go to windows.

  rsturbo 12:58 09 Sep 2003

thank goodness for pca and its forumites!

seriously; thanks for your help

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