The DOS-on-USB tool is designed to provide a DOS environment for tools and utilities in a non-invasive way to your existing computer. Most of the problems can be resolved by repeating the steps in the Readme.txt document or are already answered in the FAQ section below. If there are any further inquiries, please contact me.
- I cannot run the program 'James' Format Tool'.
- This software is compatable only on Microsoft Windows systems with OS versions: Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows ME, Windows XP - it is not compatable with Windows Vista, Windows 7.
- 'James' Format Tool' could not format my disk.
- Please ensure you use a disk that is between 16MB and 2GB - sizes larger than 2GB will not work.
- I cannot get into the BIOS on my computer.
- The BIOS on your computer is only available to be entered for a brief period of time before the operating system loads. Please reboot and try one of the following key commands: F1, F8, F12, DEL, or ESC
- The BIOS has been password protected.
- Please contact the administrator of the computer before going forward - or use another computer
- My DOS-on-USB stick does not work on any of my other computers.
- Please ensure that the other computers have been set up in the BIOS to be DOS bootable
DOS-on-USB (C)2008 James Holmes
Thanks for downloading the DOS-on-USB tool!
Information regarding this tool can be found at:
For USB drives between 16MB and 2GB.
It is recommended to print off these instructions.
This utility requires your computer to be USB-Bootable,
You will have to enter BIOS to make these changes.
DO NOT CHANGE ANYTHING ELSE IN BIOS!
Also, you must change the boot order on all
the computers you wish to use your USB DOS drive on.
The Quick 30-step method:
1. Extract contents of archive to desktop
2. Plug in your USB memory key
3. Open James' Format Tool.exe
4. Select your USB drive under "Device"
5. Select FAT file system
6. Type in a label for the drive
7. Select "Format Device"
8. Select "Create a DOS startup disk"
9. Locate DOS files in the /DOS-on-USB/boot/ directory
10. Be sure that you have removed all important files
off of your USB key!
11. Click "Start"
12. After the format has completed successfully, copy all
of \DOS-on-USB\ to the root directory of your USB Drive
13. Hibernate or shut-down your computer
14. Boot up your computer, with the USB drive plugged in.
15. Enter your computer's BIOS
(usually F1, F8, F12, DEL, or ESC)
16. Navigate to the Boot Order section
17. Bring USB to the top of the list, and save changes
18. After a reboot, you will hopefully come to a DOS-style
screen that will tell you that DOS-on-USB has loaded
19. To continue installing DOS, press any key
20. You should hopefully come to the DOS setup wizard
21. Follow all prompts (click OK)
22. When it asks for the location of setup files, type:
23. Say YES to rewriting the MBR
24. When asked for the install location, type:
25. When asked what type of installation:
select Full Installation, then deselect Addon Package
26. Say YES to Access DOS
27. Continue to install DOS 7.1, then reboot
28. Unplug the USB Drive before it loads to enter Windows
29. Plug in, and delete the \dos\ and \boot\ folders
on your USB drive
I will provide support for my product, but not for your BIOS
For more information, please contact:
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