Command Prompt, BIOS, DOS?

  graham√ 09:57 25 Oct 03

A recent posting (nods to Legolas) talked of booting to the a: prompt with a boot floppy. How is this different to the Command Prompt?

Is BIOS just another name for setup?

Is MS-DOS the same as DOS?

  VoG II 10:05 25 Oct 03

MS-DOS (or DOS) is the acronym for Microsoft Disk Operating System. In Windows XP, the Command Prompt is an emulation of MS-DOS.

BIOS is basic input/output system and is the same as Setup (if you mean like "press DEL to enter Setup").

A:prompt is a command prompt with the directory set to A.

the Basic Input Output System does a little more than just Setup your machine but when told to 'Enter setup' it means enter the Bios so yes the meaning is more or less the same.

MS-DOS is one brand of Disk Operating System, there are others such as PC-DOS. But if you have windows (3.1-9x) then you have MS-DOS installed.

some utilitys that run from a disk (ie Norton) will run your system under PC-DOS.

  graham√ 10:17 25 Oct 03

Thanks, it's just that I've been pondering Legolas question click here

I can prt scr into Word with the Command Prompt set to A:, and print from there.

  Legolas 10:22 25 Oct 03

Hi graham√ could you explain a bit more what you have done, did you boot into windows or did you boot up to an a: prompt fom a boot up floppy?

  graham√ 10:30 25 Oct 03

With Windows open, I select Command Prompt, put any old floppy in and change to A: I know you are going straight to A: prompt when you wish to print, but could the same screen be brought up this way if you typed setup or similar?

  Legolas 10:42 25 Oct 03

Hi graham√ Thanks for your interest in this problem I have tried your suggestion and get no result I think much of the problem lies in running XP and having a USB printer.

  graham√ 10:51 25 Oct 03

For some reason I couldn't work out the difference, but the simple answer goes back to Djohn. You are in the same screen, but because Windows is not loaded, prt scr won't be available.

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