Sep 292008

DOSBox is a free opensource DOS-emulator for Windows, BeOS, Linux and MacOS X. DOSBox also emulates CPU:286/386 realmode/protected mode, Directory FileSystem/XMS/EMS, Tandy/Hercules/CGA/EGA/VGA/VESA graphics, a SoundBlaster/Gravis Ultra Sound card for excellent sound compatibility with older games…

DOSBox is ideally for users who wants to play old games or even applications which are not supported on the newer versions of Windows like Windows Vista, Windows XP. DOSBox is simple and easy to use and but still can provide you with very useful features to run your old applications and games.

Download & Install

Download the latest stable version for DOSBox from here.

The installer extracts and installs the required files to the system. When prompted, install it to c:\dosbox. This isn’t a necessity but easy to manage.

Once installed, copy all your old applications or games to subdirectories to a directory say c:\oldapps.

So, it looks like c:\oldapps\app1, c:\oldapps\games1

Start DOSBox

Now, Launch DOSBox.exe from the c:\dosbox
DOSBox as console
This should now launch a DOSBox DOS console. From within the DOSBox console, mount the old application directory (c:\oldapps) as the root (c:) to the DOSBox console as follows:

Drive C mounted as local directory C:\OLDAPPS\

If you are trying to mount a CD-ROM drive,

Z:\>MOUNT G G:\ -T cdrom
MSCDEX installed.
Drive G is mounted as CDRom G:\

Now, you are all set and ready to go. Change to C: from the default Z: this will take you into the new root for your DOSBox we mounted earlier as follows:



Now, you should find all your apps (app1, games1 etc) from where you can install and run the applications of your choice.

For more detailed instructions, click here

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  10 Responses to “DOSBox – free opensource DOS & X86 Emulator for Windows & Linux”

  1. I am trying to run DOS programs through DOSBox 0.72 but it will not let me drop downloaded DOS programs into it. I’m using Vista x86 and I don’t know if this is what is causing the problems. Can anybody help?

  2. will this open source program run under win7.

  3. DosBox window closes after run 16 bit application. My OS is Windows 7 x64

  4. Using DOSBox 0.72 on Windows 7 (32-bit) – works fine in a part-screen window, but when I switch to full screen with Alt and Enter all the colours are changed. Worked fine on Vista. Any idea what can be done about this?

  5. Dear Sir;
    I have a software which dosent run properly in XP DOS.Mouse was not visible. Then i Download DosBox0.73. I got the mouse to operate. Now I have problem that this software has it’s dongle on LPT(parallel port)Which is not dtetcted by the dos box.How can i make this software to detect the Dongle when it is run in DosBox? This Software is Win98 Compatible. Waiting for your reply

  6. here i want this software because of i want to run c/c++ in full mode screen.

  7. download link not working!!!!!!!1

  8. Please advice how to print documents using wordstar 4 in DOSbox while using windows 7 on i3 laptop.

  9. I am using Dosbox to open Wordstar 4 and Wordstar 7(dos), but I’m unable to make it go fullscreen even using alt with enter. I tried to right click the ws.exe itself to be sure it is set for full-screen, but since I have windows 7 (64bit) it doesn’t have the commands necessary to open it. My computer is a small gateway, and the screen is too small to read without full screen. I’m not very computer literate and so I need help. Any suggestions?

  10. Hi,

    my program is running smootly, will i be able to print to LPT1?


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