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Making MS-DOS Games Run in Today’s Machines

You might find that a couple of the games found in this website will not run or run poorly on today’s machines. If so, there are a couple of options available for you.

A simple “no third party” solution that MIGHT work is to configure compatibility in Windows XP:

  1. Right-click on the Executable File you wish to configure.
  2. Click on”Properties” at the bottom of the pop-up that appeared.
  3. Click on the “Compatibility” Tab.
  4. Click the “Run this Program for Compatibility For” check box and select “Windows 95″ from the drop-down.
  5. You may want to tinker with the “Display Settings” as well to play in 256 colors and/or VGA mode.
  6. On the Memory Tab, Set Conventional Memory to 600 or higher and Expanded Memory to 2048 or higher.
  7. Try running your program.

Note that the above doesn’t fix other hardware issues such as soundcard compatibility. For a more comprehensive solution, the best bet is a MS-DOS Emulator.

A popular one used specifically for playing old games is DOSBOX:

DOSBox is an emulator that recreates a MS-DOS compatible environment (complete with Sound, Input, Graphics and even basic networking). This environment is complete enough to run many classic MS-DOS games completely unmodified. In order to utilize all of DOSBox’s features you need to first understand some basic concepts about the MS-DOS environment.

  • Drives
  • Sound
  • Display
  • Input
  • Connectivity (Modems/Networking)

Download DOSBox at its Official Website