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How to run DOS applications on Windows 8

How to run DOS applications on Windows 8

Running the Disk Operating System (or the DOS program) on your Windows 8 operating system is not as easy as running it on Windows 7. There are a couple of tricks that you will have to produce up your sleeve in order to run DOS applications on Windows 8.

There are several advantages of running a DOS on your Windows 8, especially if there are several tasks that you need to carry out in a single command line rather than wasting time and effort to open several windows and drop down options to carry out the same task.

To run DOS on Windows 8, you will be required to run a third party emulator called DosBox. DosBox is a very famous tool that allows DOS to execute on platforms that it is originally not designed to run.

Here is how you can run DOS on Windows 8 operating system.

Downloading and Installing DosBox on Windows 8

DosBox is an open source tool and extremely light weight to install. It is capable of running most of DOS applications inside its environment. Download the latest version of DosBox here. Install the program just like you would install any other program and run it by double clicking on the program.

DosBox

DosBox

Now, if you are well versed in the basic commands of Windows operating system then you will not be required to be taught how to use DosBox. Otherwise, it is highly recommended that you learn how to use it. Here, I will be running Turbo C in my computer through the DosBox program. Follow the steps given below:

  • First copy the TC folder in the C:\ Drive
  • Now type the following command one by one in dos box window:
  • Mount c c:\
  • c:\
  • cd tc\bin

Here is the command in DosBox:

DosBox commands

DosBox commands

Now, you are in the bin folder of Turbo C. Just type the program name you want to run and that’s all there is to it. If you just want to use the TC command, then all you have to do is type tc in command window and the Turbo C editor will pop up.

Turbo C in DosBox

Turbo C in DosBox

Similar to the commands provided above, you will also be able to run several other DOS applications in Windows 8 operating system. I hope that this tutorial will be of some use to you. Good luck running the DosBox program.

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