Installing FreeDOS 1.2
Here is the complete installation process for FreeDOS 1.2. All screenshots captured by Jim Hall on December 24, 2016 on FreeDOS 1.2, using QEMU.
- Booting the CDROM installer gives you a menu. You can choose to install FreeDOS, or boot from the system harddisk or from a diskette.
- The installer supports different languages. The default is English.
- If you use the arrow keys to move through the different languages in the menu, the menu changes languages as you go. This makes it easier for users in different countries to install FreeDOS. The rest of the install screenshots are in English, but you may be interested in the other install language options. Here's the language-selection menu in Spanish.
- …in French.
- …in German.
- …in Esperanto.
- …in Dutch.
- …in Turkish.
- Welcome to the FreeDOS 1.2 install program. We provide a standard warning here. For new users, we recommend installing FreeDOS in a PC emulator or “virtual machine.” If you install FreeDOS on a computer directly, without using a PC emulator, you may overwrite the operating system you have now (for example, Windows.) Please be careful.
- If your
C:drive isn't partitioned for DOS, the installer detects that.
- To partition your hard drive, the installer jumps to the FDISK program.
1to create the DOS partition. This will be your
- At the next screen, select
1to create the primary DOS partition.
- When asked, select
Yto use all available free space for your primary DOS partition. On an empty hard drive, this uses all of it.
- FDISK creates your
C:drive partition and marks it as “Active.” Press
- After you partition your hard drive, you need to reboot for FreeDOS to see the changes. Press
ESCto exit FDISK.
- The FDISK program will warn you that you need to reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.
- The FreeDOS installer lets you reboot your computer.
- Restarting the install…
- After rebooting, the installer starts up again automatically. Select your preferred language.
- And continue with the installation.
- If your
C:drive isn't formatted for DOS, the installer detects that. If you just created your DOS partition, the installer can format it for you.
- Output from the FORMAT program. If you don't press a key in fifteen seconds, the installer continues anyway.
- The installer first needs to gather some information. At this step, the installer is reading configuration data.
- Your preferred language might not match your keyboard language, so we let you select your keyboard layout here.
- The FreeDOS 1.2 installer has two default install modes: install only those packages that reproduce the functionality of classic DOS (“Base”) or install everything (“Full”). Because FreeDOS is open source software, we give you the option to install source code, too.
- This is your last opportunity to exit before we install anything.
- The installer prepares for the installation. At this step, the installer is reading a list of packages to install.
- Starting the install.
- I'm including several screenshots of the install process so you have a choice of which screenshot to use.
- The installer lets you know it has finished installing FreeDOS. Depending on what you chose to install and the speed of your system, the install usually takes a few minutes.
- The installer automatically makes the
C:drive bootable with FreeDOS.
- The installer also creates default configuration files for you.
- That's it! Reboot your system to begin using FreeDOS.
- Rebooting the computer…
- Booting into FreeDOS 1.2 for the first time. Every time you boot FreeDOS, we give you a menu where you can select the memory configuration. The default is JEMM386, but you can use EMM386 instead, or no drivers, or only a few drivers.
- The FreeDOS 1.2 command prompt, after booting. You are now using FreeDOS!