Running Old MS-DOS Program

April 18, 2009 at 08:26:36
Specs: Windows XP
I am running Windows XP Pro. and I need to run an old MS-Dos program on my computer. I know Windows XP can’t run MS-Dos but can I install my old Windows ME on my computer but not install it on my C drive which only has one volume and install it on another drive?

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April 18, 2009 at 09:48:32
DOS 8 in Me may not run your program either.

I'd try DosBox first.

What program are you talking about?


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April 18, 2009 at 10:19:18
First of all Windows XP has a builtin powerful emulator (NTVDM) to run legacy DOS programs from command prompt or a shortcut. So it is not true Win XP can't absolutely run DOS applications directly.

If however that fails, you can download for free Microsoft Virtual PC or the open source VirtualBox and install Windows ME inside a virtual disk.

In that way you can run concurrently two operating systems avoiding the harmfull dual boot process.

It is worth to try as it is easier to do than to explain.

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April 18, 2009 at 13:37:06
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