|I think I used on of those! Wow, I thought it was a heck of a toy back then. In fact not a lot better than the old Sun system.|
A few ideas.
We still use "can" in many machines, we have laptops to diag them and program ladders and mmi's and the list goes on. It is well supported. As to your case there might be a lot of other issues to work on.
One is xp should run most dos apps. Might have to set version, might have to do a lot of irq and autoexec and config.sys settings to get it working.
The best place would have been to print out all the files you had, along with contents of readable config files. Copies of any data files would have helped.
I'd start by using your board with basic dos, there are ton's of places that offer boot disk, All you need to do is format a small partition and use sys to get it up. After that you might need a few things.
Might have to buy dos if you can somewhere, IBM dos and freedos may or may not work.
You will not get a VM to use the can board.
"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10