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:
- Right-click on the Executable File you wish to configure.
- Click on”Properties” at the bottom of the pop-up that appeared.
- Click on the “Compatibility” Tab.
- Click the “Run this Program for Compatibility For” check box and select “Windows 95″ from the drop-down.
- You may want to tinker with the “Display Settings” as well to play in 256 colors and/or VGA mode.
- On the Memory Tab, Set Conventional Memory to 600 or higher and Expanded Memory to 2048 or higher.
- 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.
- Connectivity (Modems/Networking)