What can I use do to run old DOS stuff on Windows Vista?
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START DOS APPLICATION BY NAME
Select RUN from the Start menu and type in the path to the program. See Win Run command.
START DOS APPLICATION FROM AN ICON
Double click on the program icon in a folder, on the desktop or from Explorer.
PLACE A DOS APPLICATION IN THE START MENU
1. Right click Start menu and select Explore.
2. Find the DOS program in its folder and drag
it to the Start menu. A shortcut to the
program will be created in the Start menu.
END DOS APPLICATION
End your DOS application as you normally would. If the window remains on screen, click X at top right side of window.
RUN DOS PROGRAM IN A WINDOW (WINDOWS XP)
Press Alt-Enter to toggle between full screen and window modes.
COPY TEXT FROM A DOS WINDOW
1. Click button at top left of window.
2. Select Edit/Mark.
3. Highlight text and press Enter.
COPY TEXT TO A DOS WINDOW
2. Select Edit/Paste.
OPEN A FOLDER WITH THE DOS COMMAND LINE
You can make the DOS prompt a menu option when you right click a folder and open up a command line with the prompt at that folder. This option is built into Windows 7 and Vista, but requires some surgery in Windows XP.
1. Hold Shift key down.
2. Right click folder in left or right windowpane.
3. Select Open command window here.
2. Right click folder in right windowpane.
3. Select Open Command Window here.
Use a boot diskette. If you're computer is using FAT16 or FAT32 and not NTFS create a boot disk and boot from that diskette to run the game.
DOSBOXThere is a developing option for running older DOS programs under newer Windows operating systems: the DOSBox project. DOSBox emulates an Intel x86 PC. http://www.dosbox.com/news.php?show_news=1
DOSBOX. It basically
converts everything to a Windows graphics screen that can be resized or
made full-screen. The drawback is that it can be slower, especially if
graphics (CGA/EGA/VGA/VESA) are used.
You can try the safe mode for instance if something goes wrong with the screen size.
FREEDOSAn MS-DOS emulator called FreeDOS has finally been released in version 1.0 (Sept 2006). This OS can be downloaded as an ISO file that can be burned to a CD and used as a boot disc so the computer is then running DOS. While you will likely not be able to correctly access your hard disk if it's an NTFS formatted disk this is another option for running older software on a new computer.http://freedos.sourceforge.net/
If after following the above recommendations you are still unable to get your MS-DOS game working properly, try the below recommendations.
Consider trying an emulator program such as DOSBox.
If the program you're running is not a MS-DOS program but an older version of a Windows program you can also run PE Explorer, a program designed to adjust the SizeOfImage value to a value compatible with Windows 2000 and Windows NT. You can download this program through http://www.heaventools.com/
Create a dual boot with Windows and MS-DOS.
If you're computer is using FAT16 or FAT32 and not NTFS create a boot disk and boot from that diskette to run the game.
You can always run a virtual session of DOS is you still have or can find the
install disks (which really isn't too hard for any accomplished googler)
under VirtualPC (which is free and, despite the disclaimer, runs fine in
Vista Home Premium).
Full Screen Command Prompt in Vista
for getting full screen mode in vista and 7 do as below
after getting cmd prompt click on properties of cmd , click Font Tab
select font style as "consolas " and font size as "28"..after apply .,ok
you will see your cmd prompt full screen