DOSBOX in Win98?

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April 19, 2011 at 10:10:45
Specs: Windows 98, 1.8Ghz/512MB RAM
Hello. I cant find DOSBOX to Win98. Can I download it somewere?
I want to run Windows 1.01 under Win98

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April 19, 2011 at 13:45:25
Is there a program out there called DOSbox. As far as I know it is a term meaning a computer running DOS as the kernel. Windows 98 is considered a DOS box because the Windows 98 OS is shelled on top of a DOS kernel. If you want to run Windows 1 (where the heck you got this version because it was never for resale) inside of Windows 98 then you simply make a PIF file to shell it.

Your other option is to duel boot the system. Just create a WIN.BAT file in the root C:\ and this will load in place of the WIN.COM shell. Then when you boot the system it will start DOS but never shell Windows 98.

Personally I don't know why you want to run Windows 1 because it was nothing more than a file manager. They added to DOS 5.0 and greater as a program called DOSshell...

I think you can still run dosshell in Windows 98. Just go to the command prompt and type dosshell.

They did away with this with Windows 2000 and NT 4 when they replaced the DOS kernel with OS/2 warp. Have fun with that old stuff.

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April 19, 2011 at 14:09:09
Yes, there is a program called DOSBox.

But I agree; you should be able to run Windows 1 in a Windows 98 command shell. If not, and you've tried installing the Windows version of DOSBox on 98 and it doesn't work; well, the source code is available, so you can compile it yourself for 98. That's the beauty of Open Source.

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April 19, 2011 at 14:40:21

I never saw Windows 1.0 (one of my workmates had a copy in his collection) but I suppose it is slightly different from DOSShell, I well know, that is a pure graphic and raw front end for DOS

Anyway there is a Microsoft knowledge base article that states DOSShell can't run under Windows 9X environments since it requires for DOS 5.0 or 6 that was modified for the purpose.

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April 20, 2011 at 05:19:19
I donĀ“t have dosshell. how do I create a PIF file?

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April 20, 2011 at 06:59:02
A .PIF file is just a shortcut to a program to run it by double clicking. I doubt you can run Windows 1.0 in that way. You need an emulator or dual boot to install it in a Windows 9X formatted box. Emulators however are available to NT based Windows like 2000 and higher. There is a way using the Open Source Bochs to achieve this under Win 95 but I guess you do not have the necessary knowledge to do the job.

That requires a huge work and as others said your purpose doesn't seem to be worth of.

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April 20, 2011 at 09:51:25
You should be able to find a suitable DOS Box on the net but if necessary I have it on my old W98SE. I usually keep downloads so if you can't find a suitable version I will dig around and see if I can find it.

If you go this way don't put your email address on here (spammers will find it) just click on my name and send a personal message - safe.

Please come back and let us know the outcome.

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