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Windows® 98 Unleashed by Paul McFedries

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Command-Line Switches for Starting Windows 98

If you boot to the command line, you can load the Windows 98 GUI and the protected-mode drivers by typing win and pressing Enter to run WIN.COM. You can also modify the startup by specifying switches with WIN.COM according to the following syntax:

WIN [/?] [/B] [/W] /WX [/D:[F] [M] [N] [S] [T] [V] [X]]

Table 3.2 describes these switches and how they modify the startup.

Table 3.2. WIN.COM switches.
Switch Description
/? Displays a partial list of the available WIN.COM switches.
/B Logs the startup progress to a BOOTLOG.TXT in the boot drive's root directory. This is the same as selecting the Logged (\BOOTLOG.TXT) option in the Windows 98 Startup menu.
/W Restores CONFIG.SYS from CONFIG.WOS and AUTOEXEC.BAT ...

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