It's not that we can't, I believe, it is because MS does not want us to be able to.
I can't see a problem with it. If MS did not want the vast majority of its users to access it, then they could make it a "hidden" OS, under a dual boot partition architecture ...and accessed with your input key from a boot or setup disk. Or a self encrypted key, using an internal encryption program... we can get in through a convoluted process, but that is too much head work for something that is relatively easy to do, with the correct files.
I am one that does not accept the excuse that DOS is antique or dated, and is helpless on every computer of any large size, and therefore ever increaslingly difficult accessibility seems to be a purposefully built in anomoly.
I'd like one floppie to be able to access the c:\ in DOS and be allowed to do my dirty work there, when any version of Windows refuses to cooperate...this would put a lot of un-necessary 3rd party software developers out of a job...as their efforts would not be necessary.
Let us all say a few quiet words of prayer, in remembrance of Windows 98SE... And ask ourselves why we did not get multiple hard drives of less than 30Gb each, rather than one big honker of 130Gb...I made a dumb mistake there.
Here are the files that I have that seem to be allowing me to gain access, up to ME, but it involves too much flipping of disks... I'd like to get into XP more easily...
That seems to get me in the door to a:\
Then I flip over to another Norton boot disk which has as its contents:
Over kill, but beggars can't be choosers, so from this disk, I seem to be able to get to c:\ but working around is limited.
I then cd to whatever directory I want to work in...sometimes XP-NTFS lets me get away with certain privileges and sometimes it does not, but at least I am in the front door.
Can we put out heads together and come up with a set of files to put on one floppie that will get us directly to the c:\ prompt from a re-boot?
I have a bunch of recover-in-dos-type packages, but not one will allow you to stop mid way, or even part way and mess about in DOS during the process.
We shall overcome...