Wengier created the Windows 95/98 computers that came with MS DOS 7.1, which is a modified version of MS DOS 7.10 that was included with the computers. Support for long file names, support for the FAT 32 file system, out-of-the-box mouse support, a graphical user interface (GUI) setup upon first boot up, and a Windows 9x-inspired boot screen are some of the modifications made. It can be used to instal Windows 3.1 and is compatible with the vast majority of DOS-based applications. Because it was never released as a Microsoft official product, the only way to obtain a copy is to download it from a third party website.
This article will walk you through the process of installing MS DOS 7.1.
Part 1 Downloading MS DOS 7.1
1. Go to winworldpc.com.
It is possible to download from other sources but winworldpc is a trusted website which also provide MS-DOS programs.
2. Click Library.
3. Click MS-DOS in the DOS section.
4. Click the tab 7.1.
5. Choose which file you want to download.
6. Select a mirror site (any will suffice) and sit back and wait for the download to complete.
To ensure that the download begins without interruption, allow websites to recognise your browser as the source of the problem.
Part 2 Installing MS DOS 7.1
1. Insert the CD or floppy disk, with MS-DOS 7.1 on it, into your computer and start it.
2. Press Enter.
3. Click Next.
4. Click Next.
5. Make sure the ‘I agree.’ box is checked and click Next.
6. Click Continue.
7. Click Create a FAT32/16/12 Primary Partition.
8. Leave all the disks in their drives and click Reboot now.
9. Press Enter.
The next few steps will look exactly the same as the last few (to a point) but it’s vital that you repeat them.
10. Click Next.
11. Click Next.
12. Make sure the ‘I agree.’ box is checked and click Next.
13. Click Continue.
14. Click Yes.
15. Decide where you want MS-DOS 7.1 to install and click Next.
16. Click Yes.
17. Take into consideration installing the add-ons. The next few steps are entirely up to your personal preference, but it is highly recommended that you do instal all of the add-ons because it makes using MS-DOS much more convenient.
Complete installation and Install Add-Ons were both selected, and the Next button was pressed.
18. Click Yes.
19. Confirm that the above settings are correct and click OK.
20. Click Continue if you wish to install additional add-ons (this was selected in the tutorial).
21. Click Yes.
22. Click Yes.
23. Decide whether you want to install drivers for your sound cards (Yes was chosen here).
24. Click Yes.
25. Choose your sound card and click Continue.
Sound Blaster AWE Pnp was chosen in this tutorial.
26. Click OK.
27. Click Yes.
28. Click OK.
29. Click Yes.
30. Click OK.
31. Click Yes.
32. Click OK.
33. Click Yes.
34. Click Yes.
35. Click OK.
36. Click Yes.
37. Click OK.
38. Click Yes.
39. Click OK.
40. Click Yes.
41. Click Yes.
42. Click Yes.
43. Click Yes.
44. Click Yes.
45. Click Yes.
46. Click Yes.
47. Click Yes.
48. Click Yes.
49. Click Yes.
50. Click Yes.
51. Click Yes.
52. Click Yes.
53. Click No.
It will put you in an endless loop if you click Yes.
54. Click Yes.
55. Click Yes.
56. Click Yes.
57. Click Yes.
58. Click Enable both UMB and EMS.
59. Click Load both.
60. Ensure all the options are checked and click Continue.
61. Choose your keyboard and click Continue.
UK users, check the 850 box.
62. Choose the keyboard layout you would like and click Continue.
63. Click OK.
64. Remove the setup disk and click Yes to reboot the computer.
65. Press any key to continue.
66. The setup is now complete and you can now explore all that MS-DOS 7.1 has to offer.
Part 3 Shutting Down
1. Make sure the DOS prompt shows only C:\
2. Image titled MS DOS 7.1 shutdown.pngType, without the quotation marks, “shutdown”.
3. Type S. Your computer should now shutdown.
4. To restart the computer, type ‘shutdown’ then press r or press the following keys Ctrl Alt Delete.
Do NOT move the mouse whilst the computer is restarting or it will crash on boot up.
5. To cancel the shutdown/restart process, press c.
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