Originally Posted by Slink3Slyde
I thought Windows 95 was the last DOS based version. Since then its been command line, at least I remember that you could boot to DOS in Win 95 and I dont think you could in Win 98 and after.
I am confused on what you are asking, If your asking if new versions of windows are DOS based then ya you are correct they are not. "Command Line" is simply the name of the windows gives that kind of GUI, there are other names for it, Linux and Unix call it "Terminal".
You can and still boot DOS (but you have to have the OS, it wont boot from windows), when flashing Bios'es and I think Memtest is still DOS based? Anyway when you do this windows is completely out of the equation, you dont not boot windows at all. The programs that use this feature are self sufficient DOS programs that run a version of DOS OS with there specific needs in mind and nothing more. Kinda like specialized Linux Distros, like Gparted, that is a linux based OS that serves a purpose and all functions are related to that purpose and that purpose only. The Flashing software does the same but DOS based.
These DOS or Linux based utilities are generally the least reliant on the system as they can be. Most do not even used harddrives anything they need file wise is on the CD or USB. Alot of them also use the USB as a swap file so the Ram of the system is not needed, That is why I think the flashing programs use it. By using a DOS based program they can effectively cut out any board resources aside from a small amount of CPU resources and of course Video needs.Edited by Cyber Locc - 2/9/16 at 9:34pm