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An Open Source DOS emulator to run old DOS games

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DOSBox emulates a full x86 pc with sound and DOS. Its main use is to run old DOS games on platforms which don't have DOS (Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows 2000 / Windows XP / Linux / FreeBSD / Mac OS X)

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  • bobnorway
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    Many thanks for this program. I was able to pull code from a Basica application writen in 1995 which is used in hardware testing at an aviation repair facility.

    Posted 06/04/2015
  • anamon
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    Well, there isn't even any real competition to this project, and the compatibility is nothing short of amazing. If it's a PC game that was released between 1981 and the end of the DOS era, chances are you'll be able to play it on DOSBox. The software is nothing short of amazing. It's true that the learning curve is a bit difficult for newcomers, but it comes a bit with the complexity of what the software is doing. So a little setup will always be required to get games installed and running, especially considering the wide variety of software DOSBox supports. The documentation is not that bad though. If you're having trouble, I would recommend you have a look at some front-end projects that include helpers and easier workflows. I've heard good things about D-Fend Reloaded, which has preconfigured templates for many games, so in many cases you can just drag a game folder on the front-end and it will set DOSBox up accordingly. And shame on you, mad5cientist, for spouting these unfounded accusations and downvoting the project for this. These fake reviews are very obviously dumb spambots that didn't realise that their comments fail to link to their spam sites. Which Google would have told you within seconds (same comments posted to many other SF projects, and on thousands of other websites with comment posting functionality).

    Posted 03/08/2015
  • electromaggot
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    EXCELLENT! Even runs some of the older disk utilities that only worked under DOS. For instance on Win7, I was able to image a disk and copy its entire OS over to a new drive. Granted it wasn't terabytes-worth, but it worked. If you are a beginner and can't understand the instructions, don't use this free program. You probably shouldn't be using a computer either. Go find something else to do, like weaving.

    Posted 03/06/2015
  • svajoklis
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    An amazing program for people who are looking to relive their fondest memories of early PC gaming - the DOS era. Although not extremely easy to use, it is flexible and feature-rich. It is geared towards games, so if you want to run some databases, you might want to look into proper virtualization solutions.

    Posted 02/20/2015
  • john3210
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    This is brilliant software. It allows me to use Autodesk's "Animate Pro" on Windows 7 - this an old but excellent piece of software I thought I could no longer use. When the next version comes out I will make another donation. Since some people doubt the authenticity of these reviews you can email me at john_@_easypeasy_dot_co_dot_uk (remove the "_" and replace dot with "." ) to check.

    Posted 07/21/2014
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Additional Project Details

Intended Audience

Advanced End Users

User Interface

X Window System (X11), Win32 (MS Windows), Cocoa (MacOS X), Carbon (Mac OS X)

Programming Language

C++, C



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