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Does anyone know of a way to run old DOS programs on XP? Is there an generic emulator out there somewheres?
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JeffreyScottt,

Does anyone know of a way to run old DOS programs on XP? Is there an generic emulator out there somewheres?

Have you tried just running them? Or using XP's MS-DOS command prompt? I forget where they hide it in XP... it's Start | Run | type CMD | OK in Windows 2000.

Phil
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Right click the .exe in explorer, compatibility tab and play with its settings. May/may not work.
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Yes, I did try to run some of them (to no avail). I think XP finally put the brakes on running legacy programs running under DOS. I may have to keep an Win98 computer going. Uhg.

Thanks for the reply.

Regards,

Jeff
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Yes, I did try to run some of them (to no avail).

Can you describe what you did to try to run them and what the result was? And perhaps identify the program. That might allow someone to give you more help.

I've been able to get several old DOS games running in XP, with very little trouble. I'm also using a couple of old DOS accounting programs. So there could be a way to get yours running also.

--Peter
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I can think oif a couple of ways.

1.)The other posters are correct in saying you should play with the compatibility settings first. That is the easiest solution.

2.)YOu can run vmware, (www.vmware.com) which emulates an x86 compter within your pc. Very solid program. Easy to use. But expensive. (295$ I think).

3.)Bochs, (http://bochs.sourceforge.net/) is an open source emulator that will do the same thing as vmware more or less, only it is slower, MUCH harder to set up, and generally not as well behaved.

other possibilities... let me see...

here is an article on setting up compatibility on XP
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,4149,1161515,00.asp

also,
4.)try dosbox (http://dosbox.sourceforge.net/) it is made for games primarily but might do the trick

good luck,
--Pete


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