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FreeDOS 1.3 RC4

The new FreeDOS release candidate is now available! We've been working hard on the next FreeDOS distribution, and we'd like your help testing this new release candidate. The main goals for 1.3 Release Candidate 4 ("RC4") are to provide overall improvements compared to 1.2. Some of these include a LiveCD, a Floppy Edition, new packages, updated packages, and many improvements to the installer to provide hardware compatibility and multi-language support.

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FreeDOS 1.3 RC4 LiveCD

The FreeDOS 1.3 RC4 installer. Most users should use this image to install FreeDOS. Depending on your computer system and hardware configuration, you can also use the LiveCD to boot and run FreeDOS directly from the CD-ROM without installation to your hard drive.

FreeDOS 1.3 RC4 LegacyCD

A bootable CD image designed for older hardware. If you cannot boot the LiveCD to install FreeDOS, try this disc image. This disc image uses the older El Torito boot CD format. Some newer computers and virtual machines cannot use this older format. Unless you have a computer that requires this type of bootable CD, we recommend using the LiveCD instead.

FreeDOS 1.3 RC4 Floppy

Basic FreeDOS installation boot floppy image. If your computer has a CD-ROM drive, but you cannot boot from the install CD. Use this diskette image to boot the system. Then insert the install CD. The FreeDOS installer should do the rest.

FreeDOS 1.3 RC4 BonusCD

A non-bootable CD image that contains some FreeDOS packages that are not installed as part of either the LiveCD or the Legacy CD.

FreeDOS 1.3 RC4 LiteUSB

A minimal FreeDOS installer, as a USB fob drive image. This does not contain all of the packages from either the LiveCD or the LegacyCD, and instead only contains a basic set of FreeDOS packages. (Also available as a VMDK file.)

FreeDOS 1.3 RC4 FullUSB

Plain DOS system and Full install USB stick image. (Also available as a VMDK file.)

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FreeDOS 1.2

You may want to download a PC emulator or virtual machine before installing FreeDOS. Using a PC emulator is the safest way to install FreeDOS. If you install FreeDOS directly on your computer without using a PC emulator, you may overwrite the operating system you have now (for example, Windows).

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If you get a scrolling list of "Invalid Opcode" errors when you boot the FreeDOS 1.2 installation CD-ROM on VirtualBox, this is a bug in VirtualBox since we released FreeDOS 1.2. To fix: When you boot the FreeDOS install CD-ROM, at the first "Welcome to FreeDOS 1.2" boot screen, press the Tab key to edit the boot options. Add raw to the end of the command line, then press the Enter key to boot.

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FreeDOS 1.2 Standard CD-ROM

The Standard CD-ROM installer should work on most computers and PC emulators. We recommend the Standard CD-ROM installer for most users.

FreeDOS 1.2 Legacy CD-ROM

Older computers may need the Legacy CD-ROM installer instead.

FreeDOS 1.2 Boot Floppy

If your computer cannot boot from CD-ROM, use the boot floppy with the CD-ROM. Write the floppy using Rawrite or Linux dd.

FreeDOS 1.2 Full USB

If your computer doesn't have a CD-ROM drive, use the USB fob drive installer. Write this to a USB fob drive and boot it to start the install.

FreeDOS 1.2 Lite USB

The Full and Lite versions install the same FreeDOS, but the Lite installer does not contain some extra bonus software packages.

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FreeDOS Files Archive

Didn't find what you were looking for? You can find a bunch of other great programs and games in the FreeDOS files archive, hosted by Ibiblio.

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