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Date:      Sat, 22 Aug 2020 09:29:22 -0400
From:      Aryeh Friedman <aryeh.friedman@gmail.com>
To:        Tomasz CEDRO <tomek@cedro.info>
Cc:        Polytropon <freebsd@edvax.de>, Karl Dunn <kdunn@acm.org>,  FreeBSD Mailing List <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   Re: very slight OT: creating a *bootable* MSDOS7 memstick
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On Sat, Aug 22, 2020 at 8:16 AM Tomasz CEDRO <tomek@cedro.info> 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/
>

Nice idea and I just tried it only one problem: When I tried to start
"mini-windows XP" the screen flashed once and returned to the boot menu and
I see no way to break out the boot menu (the command line stuff are also
menu driven and ignore ctrl-c).   None of the menu options were usable in
my case for the task I am attempting.
-- 
Aryeh M. Friedman, Lead Developer, http://www.PetiteCloud.org



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