How to Convert an Old DOS Program to a Windows-Based Programby Andrew Mikael
Though built on DOS technology, Windows will not run many older DOS-based programs, even in compatibility mode. Luckily, with the power of modern personal computers, a DOS emulator can perfectly recreate a DOS system and run any DOS program on a new version of Windows.
Download DOSBox. DOSBox runs a DOS shell inside your Windows environment without installing a new operating system. Download the install file from the emulator's website, and save it to your hard drive.
Install DOSBox. Double-click on the install file and follow the installation instructions to place the DOSBox program on your hard drive.
Run DOSBox. DOSBox works just as a DOS system, and accepts typed input commands. Type a command and press “Enter” to execute the command.
Insert the DOS program disc into your computer. If an autoplay window appears, close it.
Type “mount d
Run the program. Manipulate the program using the keyboard. See the program's manual for specific control instructions.
- DOSBox runs on Mac, Linux and other operating systems as well.
Items you will need
- DOS Program CD-ROM
- Windows computer
- DOSBox emulator
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