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Date:      Sat, 22 Aug 2020 14:36:18 +0200
From:      Polytropon <freebsd@edvax.de>
To:        Tomasz CEDRO <tomek@cedro.info>
Cc:        Aryeh Friedman <aryeh.friedman@gmail.com>, FreeBSD Mailing List <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   Re: very slight OT: creating a *bootable* MSDOS7 memstick
Message-ID:  <20200822143618.51b210c2.freebsd@edvax.de>
In-Reply-To: <CAM8r67Cmek7n9eJtScD++C2vaM-kY0L2Tej1Mn9xaREeinoPzQ@mail.gmail.com>
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On Sat, 22 Aug 2020 14:16:28 +0200, Tomasz CEDRO wrote:
> On Sat, Aug 22, 2020 at 8:10 AM Polytropon wrote:
> > On Fri, 21 Aug 2020 18:04:40 -0400, Aryeh Friedman wrote:
> > > So the long and short is
> > > it all depends.   You are correct when I did run that specific version on a
> > > MSDOS6 mem stick I made it said it didn't run in dos mode.
> >
> > The program in question is _not_ a DOS program, instead it
> > is a "Windows Console App", i. e., something that requires a
> > running instance of "Windows" in order to be executed. The
> > easiest solution probably is to try to get a "Windows XP"
> > image to boot from a sufficiently big USB stick, and then
> > run the program from there, instead of wasting a whole PC
> > for this one-time action (searching, ordering, packaging,
> > shipping, unboxing, disposing - lots of time, money, and
> > electronic garbage wasted).
> 
> I used to work with HIREN'S BOOT CD - it boots off the CD-ROM giving
> you all sorts of DOS and Windows utilities.. later releases even had
> live Linux.. very handy set of tools.. older releases (around 9) even
> had live Windows that seems something you need :-)
> 
> https://www.hirensbootcd.org/hbcd-v99/

Yes, very good suggestion! That at least looks like it could work.
>From the description the entry

	Mini Windows Xp: Portable Windows Xp
	that runs from CD/USB/Ram Drive,
	with Network and SATA support.

looks very promising. Judging from the rest of the tools, it seems
to be comparable to UBCD which often is the preferred way to go if
you need manufacturer-specific low-level programs to deal with hard
disks (diagnostics, resets, and repair)


-- 
Polytropon
Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...



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