How to Create an MS DOS Boot Partition to Set Up Windows

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Creating a DOS boot partition on the hard drive was necessary in earlier editions of Windows such as Windows 95 or 98, but is not required for modern operating systems. Where you are installing a legacy OS to your computer, create the DOS partition using your Windows Setup disk to use the Fdisk utility.

Things You'll Need

  • DOS boot disk with Fdisk or Windows Setup disk with Fdisk
  • Insert the DOS or Windows boot/setup disk into the computer.

  • Restart the computer. Press any key to boot from disk.

  • Select "Start without CD support" if using the Windows setup disk.

  • Type "fdisk" and press "Enter."

  • Press "Y" to enable large disk support if prompted.

  • Press "1" to select the "Create DOS partition" menu and press "1" again to create the partition. Press "Enter" (or "Y") to use the maximum available size for your DOS partition.

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