This is a fairly quick and easy guide for running classic PC games, games intended to be run under DOS, under later versions of windows.
As an example I'll be taking the game "Zool" (from Gremlin Interactive, released in 1996) and using the original PC CD-ROM and a piece of software called DOSBox get this game running under Windows XP Home.
DOSBox is an Software Emulator
that allows you to play old games on a modern system (such as Windows
XP or even Windows Vista) or even play them on an alternate system such
as under Ubuntu (or any other flavour of Linux).
The steps to follow are;
1. Download & Install DOSBox
http://www.dosbox.com/download.php?main=1 and download the Windows
installer (the top link under "DOSBox"). The download link on this page takes you
to a different website (SourceForge.Net) which hosts the pre-built installation files.
The size is approximately 1.2MB (should take about 10 seconds, maybe a minute if you're on dial up).
Install the software by double-clicking the DOSBox0.72-win32-installer.exe file (the "0.72" part of the filename will change depending on whatever the current version is).
2. Configure DOXBox
Find the DOSBox-X.XX group;
the DOSBox application by clicking on it. Two new windows will appear,
one called "DOSBox Status Window" and the other beginning "DOSBox 0.72".
Windows Explorer (or My Computer) go to your C:\ or D:\ drives and
create a directory called "DOSGAMES". On my system I'm going to create
and use a directory called "C:\DOSGAMES".
Next create a file in the new directory called TEST.TXT.
Now in the window titled "DOSBox 0.72" type the following lines;
MOUNT C C:\DOSGAMES
In your window you should now have something looking like this;
You can see in the Figure above that TEST.TXT file you created earlier. Now you can delete that file.
you need to mount your CD ROM drive (so you can install the game). You
need to find the letter associated with your CD ROM, on my system this
is "F". After you've got the letter you need to enter the following
lines (also in the window titled "DOSBox 0.72");
MOUNT D F:\ -t cdrom
You should now see a listing for the CD in the DOSBox window.
you're not going to want to do this every single time you want to play a
game so under the DOSBox program group is an icon called "DOSBox.conf",
run this and a file will open in Notepad. Scroll down to the bottom and
add the two mount lines in the section titled "[autoexec]" (as shown
# Lines in this section will be run at startup.
mount c c:\dosgames
mount D F:\ -t cdrom
down DOSBox (click on the "X" at the top right of the window) and
re-start it. You should see that the two MOUNT commands are
automatically executed when you start the application.
3. Installing Zool
Switch to your CD ROM drive (in DOSBox) by typing;
There INSTALL.EXE file will install the application so type;
1 (for English)
1 (install the game)
C (the drive to install to)
Y (yes, you did mean C)
Y (yes, "C:\ZOOL" is the directory you want it to use)
(ANY KEY) (it's a classic game, let's re-live that classic joke too ... ;-)
Now the game is installed.
4. Running Zool!
Let's be honest, this is the important bit. Type the following;
Now you should see something like;
Hope this has been useful for you, any questions leave a comment and I'll help where I can.