MS-DOS® Version 5.00




Label shots reprinted with permission from Microsoft® Corporation

Setup Screen:

Screen re-creation from original setup screen.
Screen Copyright ©Microsoft® Corporation

Package Contents:

Box shot(s) reprinted with permission from Microsoft® Corporation
Version P/N (complete package): 036-214AV500
Paper Box Cover, P/N: 26392
User Guide MS-DOS®, P/N: 20885
Getting started guide 1,P/N: 17347
Getting started guide 2,P/N: 25943
License Agreement booklet, P/N: 20640
5 minute workout insert, P/N: 19725
Microsoft® Information card, P/N:23048
Microsoft® registration card, P/N: 23556
Disk 1, Setup, P/N: 036-214-430
Disk 2, P/N: 036-214-431
Plastic disk bag, P/N: 036-214-443

Collector's notes:
Rated: Mildly difficult to locate.
Estimated Value: Mint $60 VG $50 G-$40.

Vital Statistics:

Release Date: November, 1991
Disks in Set: 2
Diskette Form Factor:5.25", DS,HD 15 sectors per track
Capacity: 1.2Mb
Sector Size: 512 bytes
Disk Sides: 2
Total Tracks: 80
File System: FAT12



Version String (Sector 5B, Offset 102h):



03 CF 4D 53 20 44 4F 53 20 56 65 72 73 69 6F 6E ¦   MS DOS Version

20 35 2E 30 30 20 28 43 29 43 6F 70 79 72 69 67 ¦  5.00 (C)Copyrig

68 74 20 31 39 38 31 2D 31 39 39 31 20 4D 69 63 ¦ ht 1981-1991 Mic

72 6F 73 6F 66 74 20 43 6F 72 70 20 4C 69 63 65 ¦ rosoft Corp Lice

6E 73 65 64 20 4D 61 74 65 72 69 61 6C 20 2D 20 ¦ nsed Material -

50 72 6F 70 65 72 74 79 20 6F 66 20 4D 69 63 72 ¦ Property of Micr

6F 73 6F 66 74 20 41 6C 6C 20 72 69 67 68 74 73 ¦ osoft All rights

20 72 65 73 65 72 76 65 64 20 4E 55 4C 00 43 4F ¦  reserved


File Listing:

Disk 1 Setup: 11/11/1991 05:00a 33,430 IO.SYS 11/11/1991 05:00a 37,394 MSDOS.SYS 11/11/1991 05:00a 36 AUTOEXEC.BAT 11/11/1991 05:00a 47,845 COMMAND.COM 11/11/1991 05:00a 13 CONFIG.SYS 11/11/1991 05:00a 17,069 COUNTRY.SYS 11/11/1991 05:00a 4,107 EGA.SY_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 33,087 FORMAT.COM 11/11/1991 05:00a 14,986 KEYB.COM 11/11/1991 05:00a 34,697 KEYBOARD.SYS 11/11/1991 05:00a 7,052 NLSFUNC.EXE 11/11/1991 05:00a 73,860 SETUP.EXE 11/11/1991 05:00a 1,975 SETUP.INI 11/11/1991 05:00a 716 CV.COM 11/11/1991 05:00a 452 README.1ST 11/11/1991 05:00a 11,186 DISPLAY.SY_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 19,714 EGA.CP_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 7,916 HIMEM.SY_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 16,834 MODE.CO_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 7,448 SETVER.EX_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 7,185 ANSI.SY_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 16,898 DEBUG.EX_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 10,441 EDLIN.EX_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 47,605 EMM386.EX_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 8,927 FASTOPEN.EX_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 57,224 FDISK.EXE 11/11/1991 05:00a 29,726 MEM.EX_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 12,811 MIRROR.CO_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 3,765 RAMDRIVE.SY_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 9,312 SHARE.EX_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 6,295 SMARTDRV.SY_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 9,672 SYS.CO_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 9,399 UNDELETE.EX_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 18,576 UNFORMAT.COM 11/11/1991 05:00a 11,879 XCOPY.EX_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 4,730 DOSKEY.CO_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 7,305 8514.VI_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 1,768 CGA.GR_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 3,330 CGA.IN_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 6,920 CGA.VI_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 2,231 DOSSHELL.CO_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 156,431 DOSSHELL.EX_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 15,492 DOSSWAP.EX_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 2,729 EGA.GR_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 3,333 EGA.IN_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 7,012 EGA.VI_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 2,564 EGAMONO.GR_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 1,809 HERC.GR_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 6,998 HERC.VI_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 301 MONO.GR_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 2,990 MONO.IN_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 2,381 PACKING.LST 11/11/1991 05:00a 11,061 PRINT.EX_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 3,593 VGA.GR_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 7,236 VGA.VI_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 3,605 VGAMONO.GR_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 8,369 APPNOTES.TXT 11/11/1991 05:00a 2,844 DOSHELP.HL_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 54,344 DOSSHELL.HL_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 17,419 EDIT.HL_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 8,534 HELP.EX_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 7,561 RECOVER.EX_ 62 File(s) 982,422 bytes 0 Dir(s) 212,992 bytes free 1,213,952 bytes total disk space. 71,680 bytes in 2 hidden files. 929,280 bytes in 60 files. 212,992 bytes available on disk. 512 bytes in each allocation unit. 2,371 total allocation units on disk. 416 allocation units available on disk. Disk 2: 11/11/1991 05:00a 123,120 QBASIC.HL_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 413 EDIT.COM 11/11/1991 05:00a 14,942 MONEY.BA_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 4,444 MSHERC.CO_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 213,222 QBASIC.EX_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 11,991 GORILLA.BA_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 2,605 4201.CP_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 368 4208.CP_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 261 5202.CP_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 8,475 APPEND.EX_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 5,219 ASSIGN.CO_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 11,801 ATTRIB.EX_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 25,727 BACKUP.EX_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 12,703 CHKDSK.EX_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 10,513 COMP.EX_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 7,656 DISKCOMP.CO_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 8,449 DISKCOPY.CO_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 4,577 DRIVER.SY_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 13,505 FC.EX_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 5,560 FIND.EX_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 6,903 GRAFTABL.CO_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 12,909 GRAPHICS.CO_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 6,929 LABEL.EX_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 2,319 MORE.CO_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 8,266 NIBBLES.BA_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 5,026 REMLINE.BA_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 26,085 RESTORE.EX_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 4,996 SORT.EX_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 3,214 WINA20.38_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 6,886 EXE2BIN.EX_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 16,885 EXPAND.EXE 11/11/1991 05:00a 4,866 GRAPHICS.PR_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 13,902 JOIN.EX_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 3,470 LCD.CP_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 704 LOADFIX.CO_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 12,457 PRINTER.SY_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 10,858 README.TXT 11/11/1991 05:00a 14,417 REPLACE.EX_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 14,495 SUBST.EX_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 5,445 TREE.CO_ 11/11/1991 05:00a 236 PRINTFIX.COM 41 File(s) 666,819 bytes 0 Dir(s) 536,576 bytes free 1,213,952 bytes total disk space. 677,376 bytes in 41 files. 536,576 bytes available on disk. 512 bytes in each allocation unit. 2,371 total allocation units on disk. 1,048 allocation units available on disk.

MD5 Signatures:

IO SYS B2FA03653E5C5D545327EE28B8A24356 MSDOS COM 926BAF897B78FE053F29FC8FF8CFD7C5 COMMAND COM C2EA62CA46CEA5463CF1DDA84A239CC1 VER Command: MS-DOS Version 5.00

Version History:

Superceeds MS-DOS® version 4.0x and previous as a major release. The DOS core was now in excess of 170k and programs were memory hungry. Version 5.00 made better use of memory management by allowing DOS to loadhigh sufficiently freeing up almost 600k of base memory. While not true multitasking, this version introduced an improved shell able to have several programs running (1 in active state, the others suspended). By using the Ctrl-Esc toggle, different programs were accessed. DOS commands now included built-in help screens. By typing [command] /? it would display the command line switches and options for the given command. MS-DOS® 5.00 was also a major change in terms of its editor, which saw a new graphical-based version (EDIT) - this version's release was the official death of (EDLIN). This was the first version available for off the shelf retail purchase without buying a computer.