Uh...can i run an msdos program in windows xp 22 replies

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snarf

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#11 12 years ago

If you're running XP, DOS no longer exists on your computer. There is no functional iteration of DOS on your computer. They call the Windows terminal the "DOS prompt", which is true in that it looks the same way and has some of the same commands, but there's no actual DOS code left. It is NOT DOS.

The ONLY way you're going to get any DOS apps running on your computer properly is to use a separate shell, an emulator. And DOSbox is the best one out there: http://dosbox.sourceforge.net/news.php?show_news=1

edit: Oh yeah, if you're running 64 bit Windows, you're done right there. Won't work.




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#12 12 years ago

snarfIf you're running XP, DOS no longer exists on your computer. There is no functional iteration of DOS on your computer. They call the Windows terminal the "DOS prompt", which is true in that it looks the same way and has some of the same commands, but there's no actual DOS code left. It is NOT DOS.

The ONLY way you're going to get any DOS apps running on your computer properly is to use a separate shell, an emulator. And DOSbox is the best one out there: http://dosbox.sourceforge.net/news.php?show_news=1

edit: Oh yeah, if you're running 64 bit Windows, you're done right there. Won't work.

Ok well dosbox, when it emulates does it make my computer run in something similar to dos or does it just do nothing noticeable besides make it so that programs requiring dos are able to run.

Um how do I check if i have 64-bit windows anyway?




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#13 12 years ago

Didn't you say at the beginning of the thread that you're running a 64 bit OS?

And no, the emulator basically runs a DOS shell inside of your Windows or OSX or Linux or Unix or whatever OS. Think of it as a virtual computer being generated inside your real computer.




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#14 12 years ago

snarfDidn't you say at the beginning of the thread that you're running a 64 bit OS?

And no, the emulator basically runs a DOS shell inside of your Windows or OSX or Linux or Unix or whatever OS. Think of it as a virtual computer being generated inside your real computer.

well perhaps but im really not sure.




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#15 12 years ago

couldn't you try compatability mode?




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#16 12 years ago
deathwardercouldn't you try compatability mode?

Compatibility mode is pretty much a lame joke on the part of Microsoft.




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#17 12 years ago
deathwardercouldn't you try compatability mode?

um maybe i tried that if thats the same thing that you can edit by going to the properties but if not then no i didnt try it, either way it didnt work.

anyway ill try dosbox and if it dont work i guess i have 64bit.




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#18 12 years ago

I think dosbox will work even without 64bit, it is just that dos support is removed from windows in the 64bit edition.




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#19 12 years ago

hmmm well i installed it didnt help but then again i had no idea what i was doing so i read some crap on the dosbox site and that still didnt help but they have a forum so i dont thinks appropriate to bring my problems here anymore since im prob gonna get help there thanks anyway everyone

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#20 12 years ago

ok, well it would be easier to help if you told us what the program is.