[aprssig] dos on a winxp machine

Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Mon Jan 8 22:47:08 CST 2007

flknbry at netzero.net wrote:
> How does on get into dos on a machine running xp.Not just the dos 
> prompt through programs.I wish to run dosaprs.Also i would like to 
> change the home map to mine.when i hit the home key.
>                      Quentin
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------

Unless you have multiple disk partitions on the machine, you won't since 
the default configuration for XP is to use the NTFS disk file system 
rather than the classic FAT disk system.  Even if you boot DOS from a 
floppy or a CD-ROM (which I do frequently), the hard disk will be 
invisible since DOS doesn't understand NTFS.  

NTFS-formatted disks are only readable by WinNT, Win2K (which is really 
WinNT 5.0), WinXP (which is really WinNT 5.1) and the forthcoming Vista 
(which is really WinNT 6.0).     These disks are unreadable to DOS and 
Win3.x through WinME.  

You could create a separate FAT-formatted partition on the hard disk 
that would be visible to DOS. 


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