what is the diffrence between ms dos and operating system.(windows) aer they related?

before the os is loaded the interface which appears on the screen to create the drives, is it the dos interface? where is it stored.

7 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    The interface you see is not the ms-dos, but the normal motherboard boot-up process...

    The dos looks the same, that black text screen, but is not it...

    About whats the difference, windows is a graphic-based OS, and msdos a text based on...

    Since windows 2000, they are no longer related.

    until windows 98 se and windows me, they were conected, the machine started with msdos and then ran windows, but now no longer (What is a pitty :D)

    The MSDOS is stored in your HD, its base is the file c:\io.sys, but in your case is just the motherboad subsystem, wich is located at the internal e-prom memory of your computer...

    Hope i helped

  • 1 decade ago

    Both MS Windows and MS DOS are operating systems. The major difference is that DOS is a comand-line interface while Windows is a Graphical interface.

    Unless I am very mistaken, Windows 3.x, 95, 98 and 98 SE run on DOS. However, Windows NT, 2000 and XP do not and only have DOS-support. This is the reason why some DOS programs cannot run on XP.

    As almost everone has said, what appears when you boot is the BIOS, just making sure everything is OK before loading the Windows OS.

    If you have DOS and have a PC that no one has been fiddling around with, it will be stored on the C drive. If you want to run dos from Windows, click start, then run. Type in 'cmd' and press enter.

    Hope that was helpful

  • 1 decade ago

    Dos was the interface before Windows came out. Windows has parts of dos in it, but is a graphical interface. The commands/words you see before Windows loads are from the Bios, and not dos. It does not create the drives.

  • Classy
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    MS DOS (MicroSoft Disk Operating System) is a text environment

    Windows is an object (graphic) environment

    Windows runs under MS DOS, the pc runs DOS first, then it loads Windows.

    Windows is a cheap copy of McIntosh (Apple) OS (operating System).

    MS DOS is stored on the C: disk 99.5 out of 100 times.

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  • VzjrZ
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    ms dos is the first operating system produced by microsoft. and the thing you see while the pc is booting up is simply the bios which makes sure everything is ok before it lets the operating system take over.

  • bartow
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    DOS is the operating system, windows is not operating system but with the help of Dos it is acting like operating system.

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