Make a Network Boot Disk
This page describes how to make a bootup disk
that will enable you to access a Microsoft Network.
You will need a formatted High Density
(1.44 MB) or higher disk.
- First, you need to make the disk bootable. In order to do that, open
a DOS command prompt and type
a is your drive letter)
- Next, you need to install MS-DOS
Network Client onto your hard drive, and configure it correctly for
- From now on, I will assume that you installed DOS Network Client in
the C:\net directory.
- Now you need to copy all of the files in your C:\net directory into
the root directory of your floppy disk.
copy c:\net\*.* a:\
- If all of the files will not fit onto your floppy disk, delete setup.exe and then
copy the rest of the files onto the floppy disk.
- Next, you will need to copy the config.sys and the autoexec.bat files
from the root directory of your hard drive.
copy c:\autoexec.bat a:\
- Now, you need to edit these files individually. To do this, type:
This will bring this file up in the MS-DOS Editor. I recommend that
you delete everything except the lines that are similar to these:
Now, since we don't want to be dependent on the hard drive with
this disk, change the reference to C:\net to A:\ Your file should
now look like this:
Now edit the autoexec.bat file.
You can take out as much of this file as you want to, but leave
the NET START command. The minimum that should now be in this
- Now you should be able to use this disk to access your Windows95 &
NT network. This disk should work on all computers that have a compatible
- Now, you can delete the contents of the C:\net directory if you would
- You might also want to edit your config.sys and autoexec.bat files
in your C:\ drive. Delete all lines that refer to the C:\net directory.
That should be all you need to make a network boot-up disk. If I have
left anything out, did not describe something very clearly, or if you have
any questions, feel free to send me email at: firstname.lastname@example.org