Solved running software in dosbox

July 6, 2014 at 07:07:24
Specs: Windows 7, 4GB
I want to run an accounting software called Busy ver 2.8b which is a DOS based software in windows 7 and windows 8 on 32 and 64 bit systems. As it is a 16 bit program I need dosbox for it to run on these systems. I have tried using dosbox portable on a pen drive. I can go upto the root directory of the software but it wont run. My question is 1 is there a compatibility issue or 2 Am I going wrong somewhere? If there is a compatibility issue how can I run a 16 bit accounting software on windows 7 and 8 [32 bit and 64 bit] as this software is very important to me ?Thanks

gargca


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#1
July 6, 2014 at 13:57:55
DOS Box runs on my XP and my Win8.1 so there ought not to be a compatibility issue with Win 7 (although I'm using the "installed" version.

If you are doing something wrong then I've no idea what it might be. You have to write little startup scripts for programs. There's help about, such as this:
http://www.wikihow.com/Use-DOSBox

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#2
July 19, 2014 at 14:43:45
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DOSBox was not designed to run non-gaming programs.
For your software it would be better to use vDos: http://sourceforge.net/projects/vdos/
It has far less configuration options than DOSBox, a scalable font, file/record locking and more.
To your problem: check the relative paths Busy is expecting.

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July 21, 2014 at 08:32:48
After installation when I run vdos .exe I get a system error message
"The program cant start because MSVCP100.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem."
On the other hand I don't find vdos in program uninstall list [may be because it is not properly installed.]
Secondly can it be used as a portable program on a pen drive.
Thanks for your help

gargca


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