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