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Make a menu to start wether Win98 or DOS-Mode

By Rammie
Jul 14, 2005
  1. Hello all
    new here in techspot and you guys might be able to help me out
    I am trying to make a boot menu in my config.sys file
    so I can either start my laptop in Win98 or the DOS Mode.
    so far I was able to create my menu, but there is always windows loading
    first, then I get my menu, but wether I choose DOS or Windows,
    it still boots up my windows. I tried to locate the Boot.ini File in Win98, but there doesn't seem to be one. I tried to disable the BootGUI in MSDOS.SYS but then my windows doesn't load.... I even tried to locate the bootmenu (the one that appears when you press F8 while loading) or even create another bootmenu, but I can't seem to be able to do either, and since I don't want the whole bunch of menu items in the original Bootmenu, that is the reason I want to have only 2 items, because when this works, I'll copy it to other laptops in the Dept.

    Thanks !!
    Marc
     
  2. just_a_nobody

    just_a_nobody TS Rookie Posts: 182

    I am not sure, it has been a long time, but I think you may need to edit your AUTOEXEC.BAT file. However, before you do that, make sure you make a startup disk, if you don't already have one, by going to start/settings/control panel add/remove programs, and at the top, there is a button to make a startup disk.
     
  3. Rammie

    Rammie TS Rookie Topic Starter

    My Autoexec.bat is as follows






    :D
    empty
    hehehehe
    tried to insert a call to the config.sys file but windows seems to have a prime place BEFORE even calling config.sys or autoexec.bat

    thanks anyways ;)
     
  4. just_a_nobody

    just_a_nobody TS Rookie Posts: 182

    The Autoexe.bat file, is the file, to launch batch programs, that you want to run during bootup. You may need to do some web browsing, but I am sure the autoexec.bat file is the one you need to add your menu to.
     
  5. Rammie

    Rammie TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok,
    tried to make a boot menu from autoexec.bat,
    but I still have the same problem as before,
    Windows 98 overlooks the initial autoexec.bat, starts up windows,
    gives me the menu I created, and overlooks my choice by booting windows
    :dead:

    hurray for puke: M$
    I'll try to post my modified config.sys and/or autoexec.bat as soon as I can xfer them to my flashdrive.
     
  6. Rammie

    Rammie TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok, here is my config.sys

    [MENU]
    menuitem DOS, Start computer in DOS Mode.
    menuitem WIN, Start computer in Windows.
    menudefault WINDOWS,30
    menucolor 7,0

    [DOS]
    device=C:\Windows\Himem.sys /testmem:eek:ff
    device=C:\CD\oakcdrom.sys /D:mscd001
    device=C:\CD\btdosm.sys
    device=C:\CD\flashpt.sys
    device=C:\CD\btcdrom.sys /D:mscd001
    device=C:\CD\aspi2dos.sys
    device=C:\CD\aspi8dos.sys
    device=C:\CD\aspi4dos.sys
    device=C:\CD\aspi8u2.sys
    device=C:\CD\aspicd.sys /D:mscd001

    [WIN]
    WIN.COM

    [COMMON]
    files=30
    buffers=30
    dos=high,umb
    stacks=9,256
    lastdrive=z


    and here is my attempt to make a menu in my autoexec.bat but I seem to have a deadlock in there somewhere (adapted it from an article on registry mechanics)

    @Echo Off
    CLS
    :Start
    Echo Voulez-vous demarrer en :
    Echo 1 - Windows 98
    Echo 2 - MS-DOS ( mode commande )
    Echo
    :Query
    Echo 1 ou 2 ?
    GetKey
    If Errorlevel 52 Goto Query
    If Errorlevel 51 CLS
    If Errorlevel 50 Goto DOS
    If Errorlevel 49 Goto Windows
    Goto Query
    :DOS
    COMMAND.COM
    Goto Start
    :Windows
    Win.com
    Goto Start

    Any insights or even corrections will be welcomed. :blackeye:
     
  7. just_a_nobody

    just_a_nobody TS Rookie Posts: 182

  8. just_a_nobody

    just_a_nobody TS Rookie Posts: 182

  9. Rammie

    Rammie TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hey J-A-N,
    and others as well maybe for future reference,
    I kinda found the solution, took me a while but after a couple hours of
    web browsing I finally found something here
    Annoyances.org
    http://www.annoyances.org/exec/show/article02-054

    thanks again J-A-N
     
  10. patio

    patio TS Maniac Posts: 482

    Why not just hit F8 on boot where that menu choice is given ? ? ?

    patio. :cool:
     
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