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Tired of mounting drives in DOSBox every time you want to run an old game on a modern Windows machine? With a little trick you can play your game without wasting time mounting drives.

We will install Dangerous Dave, but you can choose any DOS game of your choice.

What is DOSBox?

DOSBox is an emulator that helps with running old DOS games How To Get Old DOS Computer Games To Run On Windows 7 How To Get Old DOS Computer Games To Run On Windows 7 Read More on a new Windows machine. It emulates the MS-DOS environment on newer versions of Windows and thus eliminates the various incompatibilities that arise from trying to run old games How to Run Old Games & Software in Windows 8 How to Run Old Games & Software in Windows 8 One of Microsoft's big strengths -- and weaknesses -- is their focus on backwards compatibility. Most Windows applications will work just fine on Windows 8. This is especially true if they worked on Windows 7,... Read More .

Is there any old game which you wanted to play, but your OS won’t allow it? If your answer is yes, then give DOSBox a try. You will be able to play your game without any hassles.

The image below shows what you get when trying to run Dangerous Dave without DOSBox.

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Install DOSBox

Download the program and install it. We’ll need a DOSBox shortcut on the desktop, so do that now.

dosbox

Install Dangerous Dave

Grab yourself a copy of the game and extract the zip file using any archive manager. That will give you two files – DAVE.EXE and EGADAVE.DAV

Copy the Dave folder to a desired location on your hard drive and remember its exact location. Your location should be something like “C:\dave\dave.exe”. Copy this location, but make sure that you do not take out the “double quotes”.

dave

Run Dave & DOSBox Simultaneously

Go to the desktop and right click on the DOSBox icon. In the target field, place your cursor after the last double quote and hit space. Then paste your game location. Now the target box should look something like this “C:\Program Files\DOSBox-0.74\DOSBox.exe” “C:\dave\dave.exe”

target

Hit Apply and then OK.

When you now double click your desktop shortcut, the game should start. If your game doesn’t start in full screen mode, press ALT + Enter.

More Games

DOS Games Archive is a site dedicated to DOS games. It currently boasts more than 250 games (276 to be exact). I personally like Skyroads because that was the game I used to play 12 years ago (it’s difficult too). You will find many other great and interesting games here and we have previously reviewed other websites to find DOS games 7 Sites To Find The Best Classic DOS Games 7 Sites To Find The Best Classic DOS Games Read More .

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Only games, no applications?

DOSBox is not only for games, it can also run other applications like Turbo C++. And for a programmer who works in Turbo C++, mounting drives every time is a pain. You can save yourself some time by following the process outlined above.

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Conclusion

So that was a quick tip on how to get an old game running without having to type the path every time in DOSBox. If you know any other methods to achieve this, share with us in the comments below!

  1. kerry boyd
    December 31, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    ZIP FILES GUYS ! WHAT DO YOU DO TO OPERATE ZIP FILE GAMES AFTER YOU UNZIP IT? WHAT DO YOU LOAD ? HOW DO YOU DO IT ? WHAT'S THE FILE NAME? WHERE DO I LOOK FOR IT? WHAT DO I LOOK FOR? WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE? ETC . HELP ME OUT HERE ... I HAVE SEVERAL GREAT GAMES IN ZIP FILE MODE AND I CAN'T USE ANY OF THEM .

    • Chinmay Sarupria
      January 3, 2016 at 6:22 am

      Hi Kerry,

      To run games in DOSBox all you need to find is a file with an extension of ".exe" after you unzip it and then you can follow the process outlined above. If you have a game "xyz", then after unzipping it look for an executable file called "xyz.exe". In most cases, the name of the executable file will be same as the folder name.

  2. abraham
    May 23, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Good Evening
    i have printing problem
    working in dbase iv in dosbox
    printing proble
    i have hp laser jet p3005
    printer Lp1 to usb printer usb cable
    how setting pls tell me

    Thank you
    best regards
    abraham

    • Chinmay S
      May 23, 2015 at 1:25 pm

      We also have a Q&A site, I suggest you to ask your question there with as many details as possible so that somebody could help you.

      Click here to ask a question.

  3. abraham
    May 23, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Thank you

    God Bless you

    my dosbox working with ur commands

    thank you

  4. Bill
    March 12, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    I was wondering. Is there a way to force the game to start in full-screen mode?

    • Chinmay S
      March 31, 2015 at 10:58 am

      Yes there is a way. First you need to locate "Dosbox.conf" file.

      Go to Start > All Programs > Dosbox-{version_name}. If there is a configuration folder inside that, click that and select "Edit Configuration"

      If you can't find configuration folder then there must be a "options folder". Select Dosbox options from that folder. A file will be opened in notepad or your default editor. Now search for "fullscreen=false", just replace that false with true and the next time you start Dosbox, it will be in full screen mode.

  5. Miles Levy
    August 28, 2014 at 9:40 am

    I have been using DOSbox for years. Now on Win 7 pro.
    I use it to run Turbo Pascal.
    No problems at all

  6. Howard B
    May 9, 2014 at 12:18 am

    Much better than launching a single game with a custom shortcut would be to use one of the dozen or so "frontends" for DosBox - it will let you create a launcher for each game with individual settings (allowing you to set video emulation, memory, and speed settings, for example) for each game to run at the right speed. DFend is a good one; there's a list of the best ones on DosBox's website.

  7. CharlieOS
    May 8, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Great article. Your is definitely a much better technique than mounting drives under DOXBox! Thanks for the info. :)

    • Chinmay S
      May 9, 2014 at 4:02 am

      Glad you liked it!

  8. A41202813GMAIL
    May 8, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    ARCHIVE.ORG Has Some Old DOS Games That Do Not Need Any Browser Or Emulator.

    WOLFENSTEIN 3D Being One Of Them.

    3 Different Downloads Available.

    Cheers.

    • Chinmay S
      May 9, 2014 at 4:12 am

      Archive.org has many more games and they can be sorted by popularity, downloads etc...
      Thanks for sharing the site!

    • A41202813GMAIL
      May 9, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      Welcome.

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