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Windows 8.1 MS-DOS Startup Floppy Disk

  1. #1


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1

    Windows 8.1 MS-DOS Startup Floppy Disk


    #1. I created an MS-DOS Startup Floppy Disk on my Toshiba Satellite Model C75D-B7304 laptop with 64-bit Windows 8.1, and AMD A6 APU, and 4G RAM, and 1 TB HD.

    #2. I then went to F2 & F12 to boot to an external USB floppy disk drive.

    #3. The computer then tried to boot from the USB external floppy disk drive with the MS-DOS Startup Floppy Disk, but I got the following error message:

    CLIENT MAC ADDR: 00 8C FA 88 38 44
    GUID :369810B0-5F08-11E4-AF03-008CFA883844
    PXE-E53: No boot file name received
    PXE-MOF: Exiting PXE ROM. No bootable device -- insert boot disk & press any key.

    #4. Has anyone ever booted from an external USB floppy disk drive in Windows 8.1?

    #5. Also, I configured my computer to go to Safe-Mode on startup if I press F8, but when I get there, the keyboard is frozen, & I can't use the up or down keys or the enter key, so I have to re-start.
    Last edited by ARCED; 10 Dec 2014 at 20:09.

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  2. #2


    Central IL
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    Linux Mint 17.2


    First off, there has been no such thing as MSDOS since the days of Windows 98. As for booting up from a floppy, no one has tried to use one with anything after Windows XP. Most people just use a USB keychain drive for installing or repairing Windows 8.x.x.

    The error you are getting is related to the computer trying to boot off of the Network Ethernet interface.
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  3. #3


    It should work though. I don't think formatting and creating a bootable floppy disk has changed since XP. I'd suggest trying several different floppy disks.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    First off, there has been no such thing as MSDOS since the days of Windows 98. As for booting up from a floppy, no one has tried to use one with anything after Windows XP. Most people just use a USB keychain drive for installing or repairing Windows 8.x.x.
    Again, I created an MS-DOS Startup Floppy Disk on my Toshiba Satellite Model C75D-B7304 laptop with 64-bit Windows 8.1.

    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    The error you are getting is related to the computer trying to boot off of the Network Ethernet interface.
    When I tried to boot-up, I could hear the computer trying to access the USB external floppy disk drive.

    Also, again, I configured my computer to go to Safe-Mode on startup if I press F8, but when I get there, the keyboard is frozen, & I can't use the up or down keys or the enter key, so I have to re-start.
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  5. #5


    Central IL
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    Linux Mint 17.2


    Arced, you are not going to get far asking for help, with you coping an attitude. Again, there is no such thing as MSDOS since the Windows 98 days. And the screen you got is the one that you get, when the computer tries to do a Network boot.

    Why not just boot off of a DVD or USB stick as already stated. Also helps to know what exactly you are trying to do with what you are doing.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    A floppy disk at best will give you command prompt.
    A startup recovery disk will give you more tools..
    Configured F8 for safe boot and now drivers not being loaded..
    Kinda at a lost of what to tell you.. maybe others will be more helpful
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  7. #7


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    Arced, you are not going to get far asking for help, with you coping an attitude. Again, there is no such thing as MSDOS since the Windows 98 days.
    I was just trying to be honest, and I wasn't trying to install an MS-DOS operating system. The MS-DOS Startup floppy disc is not an operating system.

    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    And the screen you got is the one that you get, when the computer tries to do a Network boot.
    Again, when I tried to boot-up, I could hear the computer trying to access the USB external floppy disk drive.

    Also, again, I configured my computer to go to Safe-Mode on startup if I press F8, but when I get there, the keyboard is frozen, & I can't use the up or down keys or the enter key, so I have to re-start.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    So what are you asking? how to get your computer to boot? as it appears your floppy disk does not work and since you configured it to boot into safe mode - you can't do anything once your there?

    If you have windows setup media, boot from it and select repair this computer when you get to the install page
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  9. #9


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    Configured F8 for safe boot and now drivers not being loaded.. Kinda at a lost of what to tell you.. maybe others will be more helpful
    When I said that I configured my computer for Safe Mode, I just meant that I configured it so that I could get to Safe Mode with the F-8 key at startup. Windows 8.1 comes with F-8 disabled at startup. Once you're in Safe Mode though, you're supposed to be able to use the up & down keys & the enter key. Maybe there's something wrong with my screen.
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    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Touch screen? Safe mode does not always load all the drivers, and most likely or maybe not loading that driver
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