Hey, happy new year every one… its a bit belated but what can you expect from a tech… I am so focused on geek stuff that I really didn’t notice the month was half done much less a new year… any way… enough about my observation lapses… and bouts of concentration or lack thereof… ok…
I had a client this week that ran some ancient software… DOS software… who runs DOS… well he ran some accounting software in DOS… custom built stuff that he is comfortable with but he was unable to get it to work with windows 7 32 bit…
After fighting over getting new software, I found him DOS BOX. It allowed him to run his old program on windows and even play some games he has been wanting to play and no the guy isn’t me… though there does seem to be a lot dust around… then he asked the big question windows 7 64bit… can it run on that… I told him it can run on it but it they are still working out the kinks… he asked what that meant… I told him that when you start dos box you get an error message but if x out the message and continue the program runs fine… I told him worst case he can virtual pc windows xp and run dosbox from there… with that he smiled and continued as if I had said nothing… dosbox install for windows 7 64 bit
DOSBox is emulator software that emulates (loosely: “simulates”) an IBM PC compatible computer running the older operating system, MS-DOS. Many IBM PC compatible graphics and sound cards are also emulated. This means that original MS-DOS programs are provided an environment in which they can run correctly on many modern computers running a variety of operating systems. DOSBox is especially intended for use with old PC games. DOSBOX is free software written primarily in C++ and distributed under the GNU General Public License.
DOSBox can run old MS-DOS software on modern computers which would not work otherwise, because of incompatibilities between the older software and modern hardware and operating systems.
A number of usability enhancements have been added to DOSBox beyond emulating MS-DOS. The added features include virtual hard drives, peer-to-peer networking, still image capture and video capture from the emulated screen.
INSTALLING AND CONFIGURING DOS BOX ON WINDOWS MACHINE
RUN DOS PROGRAMS IN WINDOWS XP AND WINDOWS 7 ON DOS BOX
RUN DOS PROGRAMS IN MAC OS X IN DOS BOX
RUN DOS PROGRAMS IN LINUX WITH DOS BOX