Our very own AndreasL gives a short tutorial on how to use DOSBox.

When I was a kid, I used to play games on my family’s PC, which was an old MSDOS machine.  Now that I look back, I want to play those games again!  Luckily, I found a way how you can play DOS games on your modern windows XP/Vista or 7 with some simple software.

Step 1 -Software

First off, you’re going to need some software, assuming you already have a DOS game.  If not you can download DOS demos here: http://www.dosgamesarchive.com/.  The software to “emulate” a DOS environment is called DOSBox.  You can get it here: http://www.dosbox.com/download.php?main=1

Download and install DOSBox, then start it up.  Put your game in local disk C. Like this: C:/Dosgames/

Oh and another tip: if the game is called, for example, Jazz Jackrabbit, don’t name the folder that, because it’s going to be a lot more to type in and it will get annoying to type all that.  So call it Jazz.  I do that with all my games.

Step 2 – Emulation

Are you ready to play some awesome DOS games?!  Open up DOSBox and you should see this:

Now we’re gonna change the DOSBox folder to where the games are at.  So type in:
mount c c:/dosgames
Of course if your folder isn’t called DOSGames, you just type in whatever your folder is called.

Next is to change the directory to c:/dosgames.  So far we’ve just told DOSBox that disk C is c:/dosgames. Now just type in c:/

Now the program should no longer say: Z:/ but C:/.  If you want to see all the folders in our C drive (c:/dosgames) you can simply type in: dir

You can see that I have a few folders called ‘Alien’ ‘Blood’ ‘Jazz’ and ‘vikings’  If want to open any of these folders I type in:
cd jazz
(cd stands for change directory.)

You can now see that DOSBox isn’t saying c:/ any more…now it’s c:/JAZZ which indicates that we are now inside the folder jazz.  We now just have to type the file name for the .exe file. Usually it’s just the game name like Blood. But here the game is called ‘Jazz jackrabbit’, and since I might be a little unsure what the file name is called, I go into the folder. (I don’t recommend you type in dir here, since DOS games have LOTS of files in their folders.)  Just open “my computer”, then “local disk C”,  then “DOSGames”, then “jazz”.  These are the .exe files I could find:
So type in:
The game should boot up and run smoothly.

Alright that’s it for this tutorial.  Thanks for reading and…WAIT! I just realized that some people might have their DOS games on a CD.  Now this isn’t the case for me so I’m not 100% sure how to do it, but from what I’ve gathered from the DOSBox wiki, this is what you should do.  In the part where I wrote:
mount c c:/dosgames

You’re suppose to type in:
MOUNT D D:\ -t cdrom

And now you’ve set D:/ to be the CD-ROM. For games on CDs, you can follow this tutorial but wherever I typed in something with C:/ you just have to type in D:/ instead.  If you want some more detailed instructions, you can go here.