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Control Whether the Windows Desktop is Loaded (Windows 95/98)

By default Windows automatically loads the Windows Desktop (or GUI) at startup. With this key you can control whether the GUI is loaded or if you just want the MS-DOS prompt.

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Change the attributes for MSDOS.SYS so it is not 'Read Only', MSDOS.SYS is found in the root directory of your C:\ drive. Open the file using Notepad or another text editor (not Microsoft Word or any word processor).

Change the value of 'BootGUI=' to 'BootGUI=1' for GUI enabled or 'BootGUI=0' GUI disabled.

Changes will take place on the next reboot.

Registry Settings
Value Data: BootGUI=1 (default)

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Last modified: May 14, 2002