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Chapter 3. Start Me Up: Controlling Wind... > Custom Startups with the Windows 98 ...

Custom Startups with the Windows 98 Startup Menu

In the 3.x versions of Windows, you had to run the win command (the WIN.COM file) to start Windows. This was handy because if you were having trouble with Windows (a garbled display, for example), you could always boot to the DOS prompt, fix the problem (by editing an INI file, for example), and then restart. Even if you had the win command in AUTOEXEC.BAT, you could always bypass it by commenting it out.

Although Windows 98 still has WIN.COM, you never really use it because, as you've seen, Windows 98 loads automatically. So what do you do if you need to bypass Windows 98? You could put a bootable disk in drive A, but that's not always convenient. Instead, Windows 98 comes with a Startup menu that gives you various options for loading Windows 98, booting to the DOS prompt, or even loading your old DOS version.


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