Windows XP : MS-DOS Network setup / diagnostics
Unlike Windows95/98/ME, Windows XP
does not include anymore any 16-bit code and you can
not boot it to a 16-bit version :
||The Windows95/98 Shutdown
A typical example of "16-Bit code"
is MS-DOS and the "MS-DOS Mode"
Windows XP offers the "Command
Prompt" window, which is highly compatible
and is able to run almost all 16-bit / MS-DOS software, with a
very important exception :
- no direct access to the hardware components of the computer.
Example : The setup / diagnostic program "3c5x9cfg.exe"
for the 3COM 3C509 network card :
Running in a Command prompt window, it is not able to locate the
To be able to use such programs, you will need to boot your
system from a DOS-floppy.
Windows XP has a solution for this
||Select to format
a floppy disk
||Select to "create an
MS-DOS startup disk"
||You can boot from such a
floppy disk, which contains
the MS-DOS version of
You are then able to run
from this MS-DOS the
Network card setup and
Another use for such an MS-DOS boot floppy disk :
to create a network boot floppy disk,
which can be used for example
to restore disk-images or to install a new system not from
CD-ROM, but from setup-files installed on a network server,