Synopsis: DOS boot disk based on FreeDOS. FreeDOS Antivirus Emergency boot disk by ROSE SWE using a modified MODBOOT technology. Enhanced with ROSE SWE Freeware tools!
Bootable floppy disks for PCs usually contain DOS or miniature versions of Linux. The most widespread floppy disks can only store 1.44 MB of data in its standard format, making it impractical for loading large operating systems. The use of boot floppies is declining due to the availability of other higher capacity alternatives such as CD-ROMs or USB sticks
If you do not have a floppy drive any more you can burn a bootable FAV_Boot data CD-ROM or put FAV_Boot on a bootable USB stick!
Picture: Boot screen of the FAV_Boot disk
Below you can download an image file of a FreeDOS Antivirus boot disk (FAV_BOOT) suitable to boot your PC for maintenance, backup, partitioning and virus scanning. The disk contains DOS anti virus tools (MBRKill, HMS, ChkPC, Quick Memory Scanner etc.), virus killers as well as other useful tools for maintenance (e.g. MBR-Info, fdisk, format etc.). This boot disk is immune against extended recursive partitions (also known as extended circular partitions) that prevents users accessing infected machines when booting MS/PC-DOS boot disks. I have tested this boot disk against the Emperor.5826 and Emperor.5832 virus known for extended recursive partitions.
This DOS boot disk based on FreeDOS
was assembled by ROSE SWE, Ralph Roth (http://rose.rult.at)
FreeDOS itself is covered by the GNU GPL License, however this floppy contains programs (c) by ROSE SWE and third parties e.g. Bart Lagerweij or Horst Schaeffer. You can freely distribute the complete archive (disk), but I would appreciate it to receive an email, when you are doing so, because as said above, it contains copyrighted software made by me and others. If you do enhancements to this floppy, let me know. My software is Freeware, and fells not under the GNU GPL. NEVER REDISTRIBUTE MODIFIED FAV_BOOT images containing third party software!
The FAV_BOOT (including MODBOOT) disk is available free for download. You must be member of the ROSE_SWE mailing list to download the archive (membership is free), see "Mailing List" for details on how to get access. Download it here:
Older downloads (maybe for strange hardware, troubleshooting etc.)
You can also download the older version of FAV_BOOT without the MODBOOT and FAT32 functionality. Downloading does not require membership of the ROSE_SWE mailing list!
Click here to download a very old version (2003 – build 44, around 853 KB) - Server will be moved in 2018:
Starting with build 50 I use a heavy modified MODBOOT concept. I have cut and pasted some passages from the MODBOOT tutorial for your reference, see also: http://www.nu2.nu/bootdisk/modboot The MODBOOT concept is (c) by Bart Lagerweij
My major changes are: Only GNU/Freeware stuff, some enhancements (xkeyb), compressed tar archives (.tgz) instead of MS cabinets (.cab) and some batches are modified.
MODBOOT is modular boot disk. All programs and files are placed in modules. Adding functionally to your disk is as simple as copying one file (module) to the correct folder. An example: to add DOS mouse support to your MODBOOT disk you just copy the module called "mouse.cab" to the "\level1" folder on your boot disk. All MODBOOT modules are packed using cabinet (.cab) files so a MODBOOT disk can hold as much data as possible. To expand a .cab file you simply put it in the right folder and MODBOOT will unpack it for you. When the Cab file has an "\autorun.bat" MODBOOT will automatically execute it.
Corporate MODBOOT is a framework that will allow you to boot and run the applications you need within your corporation in a very flexible way. The boot disks are based on Bart's modular boot disks. Nowadays end users don't run much DOS applications any more. But system operators and PC technicians still use DOS applications to manage PC's. You could say that they use it as their tools. So for these people it is important to have the tools they need available on all PC's in the company. Corporate MODBOOT is perfect for that.
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