tvjohn Posted February 2, 2007 Share Posted February 2, 2007 WinME still has DOS, it's just hidden from view, which is quite silly.DOS can be nice for playing older games. It's also much faster to switch to DOS than to boot from a floppy. You would have to make the floppy yourself anyway, so it is a disadvantage, considering your positive "more features out of the box" stance.And if Windows complains that you can't mess with a file, DOS comes to the rescue. Basically, it's an extra OS that you can use to do maintenance or tweaking of Windows while it's not running, or without having it check what you do. For instance, I don't have IE installed, but there is the odd application that will create the Favorites folder (probably with a hidden desktop.ini) for no reason, and Windows will claim it's a system file that should not be deleted. Open a DOS prompt, and delete it from there, and you're done.I was wondering why for most people it would be necessary to reinstate real mode, so that's a useful explanation. I read yesterday that Microsoft wanted boot time reduced, so one of the reasons to "ignore" DOS.If you regularly need DOS then clearly it's better to have quicker access than a floppy :-)It would also be important for engineers doing embedded applications where they needed relatively simple access to serial & parallel ports for example. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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