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9. Boot-Up Hacks > 91. Hack the Windows 95/98/Me DOS Startup

Hack the Windows 95/98/Me DOS Startup

Gain more control and boot faster by customizing this DOS configuration file.

In this hack, you’ll learn ways to customize how DOS boots and to make booting up faster.

A Typical MSDOS.SYS File

Windows 95, 98, and Me use a file called MSDOS.SYS to configure the initial boot process. MSDOS.SYS resides in the root folder of the boot drive with Read-Only, System, and Hidden file attributes. The MSDOS.SYS file contains sections of information pertaining to the Windows installation and boot options. The [Paths] section of the file lists information about Windows’ files (the Windows folder and location of the Registry), and the [Options] section holds information about customizing bootup.


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