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don't know much about MS-DOS the reason its dead is because the gap between it and windows was huge, MS-DOS had a command based interface and windows have a graphical user interface , anyway the gap between win 7 and 8 isnt that huge and some ppl would still prefer win 7 over 8 , just like now windows xp is still fairly used. just my opinion ofc.
A DOS like interface called CMD in windows still exists the difference between it and native DOD is it doesn't have direct access to the hardware..but all of the original MS-DOS commands are intact heck their is only a slight diffrence between DOS and MS-DOS Microsoft just changed DOS a little packaged it up and sent it out to IBM or somebody to use on their personal computer. --calmchess
Just to add my own two cents to the reasons above, Windows 95 is probably what finally put the writing on the wall for MS-DOS. After Windows 95, it was clear that MS was going all in on Windows as their OS of choice and the industry had to follow their lead. Support for MS-DOS 6.22 would begin to die out, not because it was suddenly unpopular, but because more products were being made for Windows 95, 98, Millennium, etc.. Incentives from PC manufacturers to sell PCs with Windows 95 also made it an attractive option to more mainstream users who may have been put off by MS-DOS in the past. Now everyone could play with a PC driving even more support into Windows' corner. Windows 7 won't die out because of Windows 8. Like quakeash had pointed out, the differences on the surfaces between them aren't that huge (unless you consider the Metro interface with 8 that some people might hack out anyway to keep the classic look). But it won't be as dramatic a shift in going from a command-line interface to a GUI like with MS-DOS and Windows (along with major code changes). Also, the similarities between 7 and 8 likely won't force a fundamental shift in the same way that developers were forced to pick between supporting MS-DOS or Windows as their product platform.