Guys, you absolutely can't be this stubborn or naive. I'm not trying to be
a hardass here, but you have to avoid mistakes like this, or it'll cost ya.

U.S. copyright law does not give us the "right" to "copy" things at will,
esp. not commercial, proprietary software from one of the biggest companies
in the world. (For pete's sake, they have 128,000+ employees, and probably
more than enough lawyers with nothing better to do than harass people like

I know it's a drag, but just because software is "old" (even decades) or
even no longer sold does not mean that it's "abandonware" or that you can
do whatever you want with it, even for non-commercial private personal use.
"Feel free to keep/share" doesn't apply at all, at least not in the U.S.
And "original author" almost certainly didn't mean "Microsoft Corporation",
so nobody else can give permission. (I'm not aware of many, if any,
exceptions to this, certainly not for end users.)

Please, don't share such links, esp. not on a FreeDOS mailing list. For
pete's sake, FreeDOS is twenty years old, explicitly to "replace" MS-DOS
(from scratch!) because Microsoft was giving up on it (as standalone
product). FreeDOS should be plenty good enough for "most" uses, and it is
free/libre in all senses of the word (or as close as possible, for now).

A program is free software if the program's users have the four essential
* The freedom to run the program as you wish, for any purpose (freedom 0).
* The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does your
computing as you wish (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a
precondition for this.
* The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom
* The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others
(freedom 3). By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to
benefit from your changes. Access to the source code is a precondition for

There's nothing inherently illegal about buying or using old software. But
you normally cannot override the original copyright holder without

On Mon, Mar 30, 2015 at 1:58 PM, Corbin Davenport <>
> I'm afraid not (it's a rather hefty 11MB), but I did upload it to my
Google Drive as a public file. Feel free to keep/share the file, the
original author's site went down a long time ago and I had it saved on a
flash drive for some reason.
> [Fixed] Link:
> The installation script is rather interesting, as it uses a combination
of a batch script executables to make something that looks a lot like the
old Windows install program. I re-used parts of it as the installation for
my FreeDOS distro Carbon OS!
> On Mon, Mar 30, 2015 at 3:48 PM, Dale E Sterner <>
>> Is the iso file small enough to email?
>> DS
>> On Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:41:12 -0400 Corbin Davenport
>> <> writes:
>> > It's possible to use MS-DOS 7.1 standalone by creating a backup disk
>> > using
>> > Windows 98, I believe (Windows 95 was 7.0, and ME was 8.0). If
>> > anyone's
>> > interested, I have an MS-DOS 7.1 ISO with an installation script
>> > that
>> > someone uploaded years ago to some abandonware site that is no
>> > longer live.
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > On Mon, Mar 30, 2015 at 3:23 PM, Dale E Sterner
>> > <> wrote:
>> >
>> > > Where did you get ms dos 7.1 as a stand alone package without
>> > Windows?
>> > > I use PC dos 7.1 alone but have never seen a MS version.
>> > >
>> > >
>> > > DS
Dive into the World of Parallel Programming The Go Parallel Website, sponsored
by Intel and developed in partnership with Slashdot Media, is your hub for all
things parallel software development, from weekly thought leadership blogs to
news, videos, case studies, tutorials and more. Take a look and join the 
conversation now.
Freedos-user mailing list

Reply via email to