also, not to overstate the obvious, you could burn a cd-rw and boot from that.
if anything messes up, you could just re-write the cd-rw.
and, 
the enterprise version of windows 7 has a windows-xp-compatibility mode. 

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>________________________________
>From: Bret Johnson <bretj...@juno.com>
>To: freedos-user@lists.sourceforge.net
>Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2011 7:53 PM
>Subject: Re: [Freedos-user] sys.com not executable on Windows 7 64bit
>
>The USB drivers make a flash drive look like a removable hard drive, not a 
>floppy drive (though the drivers will also work with a USB floppy drive).  You 
>can't start with a floppy image.
>
>If the BIOS will correctly boot from an external USB hard drive or flash 
>drive, you can simply use the standard DOS tools and the disk should be 
>directly bootable.  You don't need to use a multi-stage process that involves 
>booting another program, creating a RAMDISK and copying a floppy image, and 
>booting from it (which is the way a lot of *nix-based software works).  You 
>can copy and delete and move files all you want to directly on the disk, 
>without needing to manipulate an image.
>
>The problem you'll run into is that not all BIOS's work like they're supposed 
>to, and won't boot correctly.  Some will and some won't.
>
>Also, even if a flash drive comes formatted as a "super-floppy" (no MBR), you 
>can re-partition it (with FDISK or Ranish Partition Manager or some other DOS 
>utility) so that it does have an MBR if that's what you want.  The drivers 
>should work correctly whether it has an MBR or not. 
>
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