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Part VIII: Appendixes > Starting an MS-DOS Prompt Session

Starting an MS-DOS Prompt Session

If you poke deep inside Windows Millennium Edition, you'll find references to a product that doesn't officially exist: MS-DOS 8.0. Although Microsoft wants you to believe DOS is completely gone from Windows Me, they haven't removed it—they've only made it more difficult to reach.

As I've noted elsewhere, you can't boot a Windows Me system directly to an MS-DOS prompt, as you could in previous versions. However, you can run an MS-DOS session from within Windows, and toggle that session between full-screen and windowed mode. You also can run most MS-DOS programs from within Windows. Or, you can use the startup floppy to boot to a command prompt, at which point you can run only MS-DOS commands and programs.


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