i have recently gotten an older machine for the express purpose of running my older games. to this end, i bought a copy of dos 6.22, and have reformatted the hard drive. i want to now install 98se, followed by xp pro sp2, or essential (i have copies of both).
however, i was never strong at dos, and i am stuck on the command prompt line. do i simply type cd windows to move into dos so i can then run the 98se disc, and install that?
Man you guys don't understand the point behind going from DOS to windows do you? Bla bla bla use a VM. Well VM's don't work with 50% of the good old dos games at all. Try playing a dos game w/ the only base graphics VGA driver that VM's have it works like sh!t.
If you go from DOS to windows xp or even vista and then 7 you retain all of the DOS capabilities w/out having to boot a VM and deal with the sh!tty VM crap VGA drivers.
Yes, I fully understand you want to play old DOS games, but I guess my experiences are different than yours.
First, most old DOS games only NEED basic VGA graphics support. Unless you have a game that needs an old 3D card like a Voodoo Graphics, any basic VGA emulation should easily support 60+ fps on decent hardware.
A Windows XP Command prompt (DOS box) will play most DOS games that use basic VGA graphics and Sound Blaster sound. A VM like VirtualBox will provide even better emulation, and should be able to play better than 95% of the old DOS games.
Myself. I would try those in VirtualBox first, but if you really need to install DOS, Win95, and Xp on one machine, then do something like this:
Create a 2GB FAT 16 partition and install DOS.
Boot to the Win95 CD, create a new partition, and install to the new partition. Win95 should preserve booting into DOS, but it might disable some utilities such as defrag.
Boot to the XP CD, create a new partition, and install to the new partition. Again, XP should preserve booting into DOS and Win95.
Adding to the discussion and no offense to the other posters:
If you want a true DOS command prompt to install 98SE - assuming your HDD is blank and unformatted and you have a boot floppy and CD (it might work for CD too) - here you go.
Assuming a floppy a:\ prompt:
a:\>fdisk - this will create the primary partition and set it to active. Hit escape when finished and you're going to have to ctrl-alt-del for a reboot.
a:\>format c: - this will format it to FAT32
a:> d:\ (or whatever your CD-ROM drive is).
That should be it - post back if anything else.
i will try these commands. however, when i try to change to the d rive it tells me"invalid drive specification" how do i tell DOS that my cd-rom is drive "D"?
now, i lifted this question from another site. it was asked in 1999. it is the exact problem i am having, it turns out. i thought it was because i had a dvd-rom in the machine, but now that i've installed an old cd-rom, same ***, different day.
also, i tried to reply earlier, but i wasn't logged in, so if you are getting 2 replies from me, please, be gentle. i am not a computer whiz, unless you mean pissing about with machines i do not understand as well as i should.
There are games that refuse to work even with compatibility in Windows 7, vista, and XP. Such as the: might and magic series, heroes of might and magic 1 and 2, CIV 1 and 2, Hexon, and many many more.
while i didn't give you the "honour" of best answer, at least you understand why i want to do what i have done. now, i'm finding an issue with dos not wanting to recognise my cd-rom. when i try to command the computer to read the 98se disc in what is supposed to be d rive it tells me"invalid drive specification" how do i tell dos that my cd-rom is drive d?