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    What does DOS still do for windows? Does windows still need DOS for somethings. If so, what does windows still need it for?

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    Win9x/ME uses DOS as a base, but the newer, NT-based versions of Windows don't use DOS.
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    what do you mean 'base'?

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    what do you mean 'base'?
    The kernel. The heart/brain/guts of the OS.

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    in the windows NT systems, DOS has pretty much been reduced to a pseudo-OS... it's really nothing more than a program...
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    DOS has been a pseudo-OS since 9x, when using windows, DOS was really a DOS emulator of sorts. It ran on top of windows (just a normal program) and adhered to windows rules. To access true DOS, you had to reboot and press F8 and boot to console or whatever it was called. The DOS run under windows is 32 bit, DOS that boots the computer is 16 bit and helps the windows kernel address the protedted mode address space. Im not sure on the exact interaction there, but 9x depended on true DOS to boot, nothing more. NT never did, the windows kernel is solely responsible for initializing protected mode.
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    yeah, but at least you could access true DOS...
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    yeah...but true dos does no good on an nt system, it can't read ntfs
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    that's true, but I still like to try out console apps on DOS...
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    Originally posted by major_small
    that's true, but I still like to try out console apps on DOS...
    Console apps won't run on DOS. They're windows programs that look like DOS programs.
    Away.

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    oh yeah... that's why I stopped trying to test them on my old system... forgot about that... now i feel dumb
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