Running old DOS programs in Windows 7

Discussion in 'PC Technical Talk' started by Robin Faichney, Oct 5, 2012.

  1. An accountant wants to run a really old DOS program on a newish
    Windows 7 machine. DOSBox looks relatively easy to install and use but
    is aimed at games players. FreeDOS run within VirtualBox seems much
    more sophisticated but there's much more to installing and using it,
    in particular having to use FTP to transfer files. I'm hoping the DOS
    prog will support print to file otherwise I expect that will be a
    headache - printing is definitely required. Does anybody here have
    experience of this sort of scenario?
     
    Robin Faichney, Oct 5, 2012
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    Graham J Guest

    Good luck ...

    It may be cheaper to find some less new hardware and install Windows 3.1
    on it ....
     
    Graham J, Oct 5, 2012
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  3. In fact it's currently residing on an old machine that the user wants
    to dump, so one option would be to tell him he'd be better to carry on
    as is. But that machine will obviously give up the ghost at some
    stage, and any other old one will inevitably be relatively unreliable.

    I'm now wondering whether there might be a way to transfer the whole
    existing system into VirtualBox or the like... Not that that would
    necessarily solve the printing issue...
     
    Robin Faichney, Oct 5, 2012
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    Ian Guest

    If the Win 7 version is "Premium or "Ultimate", I believe it can be done
    in Virtual PC/XP Mode.
     
    Ian, Oct 5, 2012
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  5. Robin Faichney, Oct 5, 2012
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    Bill Guest

    If I remember correctly, you can run the Windows virtual machine
    software in other versions of 7. It just "isn't supported". You then
    just have to have some software you can licence, eg an XP licence.

    I have run very old audio programs - Win 3.1 generation - in XP mode,
    and I could print from an old Quickbooks to my old Xerox printer (=
    Laserjet II).
     
    Bill, Oct 5, 2012
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  7. Thanks, but I've now found a way around DOSBox's printing limitations,
    something called Printfil, and it's looking like that combo's probably
    the best bet.
     
    Robin Faichney, Oct 7, 2012
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    robin Guest

    Couldn't get that to work either. :) Now awaiting the arrival of a new computer that might have Win7 Pro or Ult on it. (Don't ask why we don't know!)
     
    robin, Oct 30, 2012
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  9. In demon.tech.pc message <>,
    At least some versions of Windows 7 come with, or can get from
    Microsoft, software to run, in a Win 7 window, Win XP. I have a Win 7
    icon labelled "windows XP mode".

    XP is 32-bit, but has the ability to run 16-bit code.

    If I knew more I would tell you.
     
    Dr J R Stockton, Oct 31, 2012
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