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Monday, September 1, 2008

“My computer always boots into DOS!”

Don’t despair if your computer always boots into
DOS. The problem can be fixed — well, unless
you have an old DOS computer that doesn’t
even load Windows. But, if you have Windows
98 or Windows Me, you can easily fix the bootsinto-
DOS problem.
First, at the DOS prompt, type WIN to start
Windows. After you’re in Windows, run the
Notepad program. Choose File➪Open to display
the Open dialog box.
In the bottom of the Open dialog box, choose All
Files from the Files of Type drop-down list. Then,
in the File name box, type C:\MSDOS.SYS. Type
that command exactly as I have written it here:
C, colon, backslash, MSDOS, period, and SYS,
and then click the Open button. This command
opens a special boot file into Notepad.
In the file that appears on the screen, look for
the line that reads BootGUI=0. That line is in
the [Options] area. Change the 0 to a 1 so that it
reads BootGUI=1. That’s the command to start
Windows rather than DOS.
Choose File➪Save to save your change. Then
quit Notepad. Restart the computer, and it boots
into Windows rather than DOS.