2-Июл-2006 10:19 [EMAIL PROTECTED] (Edward Long) wrote to

EL> I would like to use Free Dos on a new lap top (Windows
EL> XL) for when the time comes that old computer may die.
EL>  But I have absolutely no idea how to do this.  Is a
EL> comprehensive set of guidance instructions available
EL> that would tell an computer-dumb old fellow like me
EL> how to do this?

1. You should have Windows (XP - not XL) installed on FAT partition or you
should have separate FAT partition, if Windows installed on partitions with
NTFS file system. DOS supports only FAT file system and not recognizes NTFS
partition (unless _after_ DOS booting you run some driver, like NTFSDOS,
which allows to read files from NTFS partition).

EL> Basically I would like to have the
EL> option to boot up either DOS or Windows XL when I
EL> start up the computer

2. After installing both OS (Windows/DOS, Windows/Linux, DOS/Linux, etc),
you should install boot manager, which will allow you to select, which OS to
boot. Windows XP contains own boot manager, so you may use it.

3. Or, you may run DOS programs directly inside Windows XP, which have DOS 5

4. Or, you may install machine emulator (VMWare, Boch, QEMU, etc), which
allows you to run multiple different OSes (including FreeDOS) inside other
OSes (including Windows XP).

EL> This new lap top has a "dual-processor" in it.  So is
EL> it possible to simultaneously run DOS with one of
EL> those processors and Windows with the other?

     No. _Multi-processor_ is _not_ the same as _multi-machine_. Multiple
processors may be only reused by OS, which knows what is multiprocessing and
how to use it - but all these resources remains owned only by this OS.

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