So, I just realized something: What happened to ms-dos? Well, after some thinking, I came to this conclusion: ms-dos never got removed.
It just evolved. Lemme explain.
So, windows started as a part of ms-dos. And ms-dos ended its days as a part of windows.
Need more proof? The command prompt originally was called ms-dos prompt, but microsoft just changed its name.
Both use the exact same commands.
You need one to open another, only exceptions being 95, 98, 2000 and me.
There's a ms-dos logo hidden inside system32. Yes, really. Actually there's two.
Windows always had the option to be used via text, still has it as of 2023 (You know, the command prompt). Windows and ms-dos... they're the same system, just different versions! This means, you can still play harpoon in windows 10 (Actually you also can because of abandonware xd). And, you can make a "using only ms-dos for a week" challenge without needing to make a vm. You just need to open the command prompt and go fullscreen mode. Just don't type "exit" and press enter.
(Btw idk why did I even make this, but hope you found it interesting)
I came up with this thing somewhere around 3am while thinking about my math exam, and through many "and this reminds me...", which ended with a windows-related one and a ms-dos game I used to play on my older brother's pc, for no reason I came up with this...
Sometimes the results of my "this reminds me" are really funny how unrelated to the original topic they are.
Just let's be fair, what do windows, 80's videogames and a math exam have to do one with another?
So, I was messing around inside system32, and then something caught my eye.
"What's that program?"
Just lemme tell you the name:
It was called "command.com". At first the extension didn't show up, but when I put the cursor above it... I saw it. I didn't believe it, so I tried to open it. And then... I see this on the command prompt that appeared:
"Microsoft (R) windows dos".
Guys. This is the definitive proof.
Ms-dos is still inside windows. *
Just go into system32.
And it works. You can actually open and use it.
Oh, and "_default.pif" still exists too. **
It doesn't work, sadly. This may bring many memories to some of you...
* At least in windows xp.
** Same thing, but this one you don't need to get into subdirectories.
You're not so right.
MS-DOS was a operating system used to make Windows, a graphic environment for MS-DOS.
Windows 1 to ME were not a full OS. Although windows started shaping like a OS in the 3.0 versions it was still not a full OS. However, Windows 3.1 NT was a full OS, the NT in the name was meaning New Technology, and NT was Microsoft's own kernel for windows. The NT kernel is even used in Windows 11!
The architecture behind operating systems changed over the years, but the underlying principles appear to be similar, and some form of command still exists in current Windows in the form of command prompt, it can still be useful, as is Powershell which can be used to repair corrupt Windows installation, but for compatibility reasons with older software or video games you may want to use DOSBox.
As somebody who loved Windows 98 and played a few games on it, I can appreciate there's a fandom that still remembers.
GOG has a lot of classic games worth playing, some which were originally designed for Win9x.