MS-DOS 7.10

MS-DOS 7.10 is the best and the most up-to-date version of MS-DOS in the world, and it's also the most powerful, useful and high-performance DOS today (besides GNU GPLed FreeDOS). Thanks Microsoft!

MS-DOS 7.10 is an standalone and independent OS actually, which has a lot of features. It fully supports large hard disks, large memory, FAT32 drives, Long File Names (LFN), etc. It has lots of enhancements over older versions of DOS, such as MS-DOS 6.x. And at the same time, it offers excellent upward/downward compatibility. With it, you can run both Windows 3.x GUI and Windows 9x (95-98SE, a.k.a. Win4.x) GUI on top of MS-DOS 7.10.

The standard MS-DOS 7.10 is very stable and useful. Here are some downloads on it.

Note about disk image: A .IMG file is a standard floppy disk image, which is supported by many DOS/WIN programs, such as HD-COPY, Disk Copy Plus, WinImage, VMWare,  Virtual PC, and many more. By the way, .IMA(called by WinImage), .FLP(called by VMWare) and .VFD(called by Virtual PC) are just renamed versions of the .IMG format.

MS-DOS 7.10 Boot Disk:

Boot disks are in the standard floppy disk image (.IMG) format. With the following MS-DOS 7.10 boot disks, you will see how powerful and useful MS-DOS 7.10 is:

Note: Please use the Standard MS-DOS 7.10 Boot Disk above for some standard and common purposes, e.g. FDISK, FORMAT, Windows installation, etc. It recognizes all FAT partitions, including FAT12, FAT16 and FAT32 drives, and large hard disks (at least up to 2048GB per partition!). IDE CD support and native Long File Names (LFN) support are also included on this boot disk.

Note: The above Super MS-DOS 7.10 Boot Disk is a customized DOS boot disk that has many more features than standard DOS boot disks. Therefore, it also supports NTFS/USB drives, mouse, and many more. To start Win9x(4.x) properly from it, please answer "No" when it asks whether to load PC-CACHE (disk cache program for DOS). For more details and information about this super boot disk, please read the file README.TXT inside.

Important note: The above MS-DOS 7.10 boot disks are *not* DOS Setup Disks! Therefore, if you want to install MS-DOS 7.10 onto your system (hard drives).

MS-DOS 7.10 Full Install Version:

For installing complete MS-DOS 7.10 from a graphical installer! Easy to use!!

Both IMG version (floppy disk images) and ISO version (CD image) are available as follows:

MS-DOS 7.10 Full Installation Disks (floppy version, with 2 floppy disks)

Note: Besides the normal DOS commands, the MS-DOS 7.10 Installation Disks above also include all the standard DOS utilities, such as Scandisk, DOSShell, MemMaker, VSafe, and AccessDOS, which will be installed automatically if you select the "Full Installation" option from DOS Setup. The Installation Disk 2 is required for a full installation. For more information about these DOS utilities, please type "HELP" command from DOS.

MS-DOS 7.10 Full Installation CD (CD-ROM/RW ISO image) is also ready.

Note: The CD ISO version contains also a number of optional DOS add-ons, such as MS Backup, MS Anti-Virus, Norton Utilities 2002 for DOS, many ISA/PCI sound card drivers, QuickView Pro, MPXPLAY, Volkov Commander Add-On, etc.

This distribution is made in the hope that it will be useful. See the file LICENSE.TXT inside the package for more details. Also you may read the information on the Disclaimer Page.

Latest news: Memory Maker (MEMMAKER), CVT (FAT16 to FAT32 converter), and MS-DOS Help are available on the setup disks!

If you are not very familiar with disk images (.IMG/.ISO) or installing DOS yet, please read:

Question & Answer:

1. How to make and use the MS-DOS 7.10 installation disk(s)?

Answer: To make the MS-DOS 7.10 installation disk(s) from the .IMG (floppy disk image), after unzipping the downloaded file (.ZIP), you should WRITE (not copy) the disk image (.IMG) into a floppy disk using a disk image program! A tool called MAKEBOOT is now included in the ZIP package so you can just type MAKEBOOT in the DOS prompt to make the boot disk directly. Or, you can use WinImage or similar to WRITE (Not just copy or extract files) it to a bootable floppy disk in the similar way. In addition, you may also emulate a floppy disk from the disk image (.IMG) in a virtual machine (e.g. Virtual PC and VMWare), and boot the system from this emulated floppy disk inside the virtual machine to start the installation directly.

2. How to start installing MS-DOS 7.10 when ready?

Answer: To start to install MS-DOS 7.10, you can just boot your system from MS-DOS 7.10 Installation Disk 1 or MS-DOS 7.10 Installation CD (because they are both bootable if you have made the disks/burnt the CD correctly), and then the installation will begin automatically soon. Alternatively, you could boot your system from the hard drive (i.e. from Drive C:) which has any version of DOS installed already, or boot from any other MS-DOS 7.10 boot disk (not a MS-DOS 6.x boot disk or so in this case), and then go to Drive A: and type SETUP to start the MS-DOS 7.10 installation.

More notes about installation: You can install MS-DOS 7.10 as a new installation (i.e. on a fresh unformatted hard drive and/or no OS is installed yet), upgrade from an older version of DOS (e.g. MS-DOS 6.22), or dual/multi-boot with other operating systems (e.g. Windows NT/2K/XP+). These can be done automatically for you by MS-DOS 7.10 Setup during the installation. The installer may give you 2 or 3 choices in some conditions, while the default choice is usually the best.

Note about virtual machines: MS-DOS 7.10 Full Version works smoothly in a virtual machine (e.g. Virtual PC, VMWare Workstation and even Bochs) as well as in a real machine. So you can also install it in virtual machines.

Note about Windows: Since Windows 2.x/3.x (such as WFW 3.11) and Windows 9x (95-98SE) are just GUIs on top of DOS, you can get into Windows 2.x/3.x/9x(4.x) easily by going to the Windows directory and then typing WIN on the MS-DOS 7.10 command line. 

For more information about running Windows/WFW 3.x on top of MS-DOS 7.10, please read Knowledge Base Article D1; For more information about running Windows 9x on top of MS-DOS 7.10, please read Knowledge Base Article E1; If you have MORE THAN 256MB XMS memory on your system, and want to run Win/WFW 3.x from DOS, then please make sure you have read Knowledge Base Article D4.

Unzip the add-on (unzip only once) you want to install to any path you like (e.g. C:\MW98ADD), then this add-on will be installed automatically after you specify the path it's located in during the MS-DOS 7.10 Installation process.


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MS-DOS 7.10 Support and Troubleshooting page provides plenty of useful and additional information about MS-DOS 7.10. Many Knowledge Base (KB) articles are now ready!