What files are needed to boot a computer?

Updated: 01/24/2018 by Computer Hope

MS-DOSThe IBM compatible computer needs the minimum of the below three files to boot to an MS-DOS prompt.


Note: The above files are the absolute minimum. If an external command such as fdisk needs to be performed, that file also needs to be copied to the disk or drive.

Note: Other operating systems use different files to boot into their operating system. These files are only for computers booting into MS-DOS.