How to Run Really Old Software on a 64-Bit PC: 6 Methods
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Bit by bit, Windows’ reverse compatibility is fading. Your Windows 10 64-bit installation cannot run software from the 16-bit era. At least, not natively. For most people, this isn’t a major issue. Windows 3.1, the last 16-bit version of Windows hit the market in 1992.

If you do have an old bit of software you need to run, it does present a problem. Here’s how you fight back and get your old 16-bit software and games up and running on Windows 10.

How Do You Run 16-Bit Programs on 64-Bit Windows?

So, your 64-bit Windows 10 installation cannot run 16-bit software Why Can't 64-Bit Operating Systems Run 16-Bit Apps? Why Can't 64-Bit Operating Systems Run 16-Bit Apps? Why can't your 64-bit computer run your old 16-bit apps? Here's why, plus a few workarounds you can use anyway. Read More . However, what you need to know is that you can virtualize or emulate your 16-bit program or game within Windows 10. Setting up a virtual machine to run an old Windows version is an easy way for you to delve into those old games once more.

1. Windows XP Mode

Windows 7 had a cool feature known as Windows XP Mode. Windows XP Mode was a complete Windows XP virtual machine you could run. It was simple to use and made jumping back to Windows XP from Windows 7 accessible to anyone.

Unfortunately, Windows XP Mode didn’t make the jump to Windows 8, nor Windows 10. But, don’t fret. You can follow my guide on how to legally download Windows XP for free How to Get a Windows XP Download Free From Microsoft, Legally How to Get a Windows XP Download Free From Microsoft, Legally Microsoft gives away Windows XP downloads for free, provided you use a virtual machine. This article explains how. Read More . The guide shows you exactly how to download Windows XP Mode, import it into a virtual machine, and fire it up so you can play your favorite old games.

2. Setting Up Your Own Virtual Machine for Old Games

Do you have an old Windows disc lying around? Use a virtual machine like VirtualBox or VMware Workstation to create a virtual environment. VirtualBox or VMware Workstation allows you to create a virtual computer using your old installation disc. It is even better if you still have your old license code.

It doesn’t take long to get your old Windows version up and running. Unsure what to do? Follow Ben Stegner’s How to Use VirtualBox: User’s Guide How to Use VirtualBox: User's Guide How to Use VirtualBox: User's Guide With VirtualBox you can easily install and test multiple operating systems. We'll show you how to set up Windows 10 and Ubuntu Linux as a virtual machine. Read More for a handy walkthrough.

3. Run Windows 3.1 in DOSBox

DOSBox is almost unsurpassed when it comes to tools that let you play your old games. But did you know DOSBox can run the full Windows 3.1 operating system? Windows 3.1 was basically a big MS-DOS program, meaning it plays very nicely with the DOSBox emulation environment.

chips-challenge-dosbox

Yep, that’s Windows 3.1 running in DOSBox, running Chip’s Challenge.

You can follow this tutorial to find out to boot Windows 3.1 in DOSBox. It takes a little time, and you do need your own version of Windows 3.1 to boot up (it is ancient, but not freeware).

4. Run Old Windows Software in Wine (Mac & Linux)

macOS and Linux users don’t have to give up their old Windows games and programs. In fact, at times, it is almost easier to get those 16-bit games up and running on macOS or Linux. How you ask?

The Wine software compatibility layer gives Mac and Linux machines the ability to run old Windows software without leaving your operating system.

chips-challenge-wine

You can even use Wine to emulate Windows programs on a Raspberry Pi How to Install Windows Software on Raspberry Pi Using Wine How to Install Windows Software on Raspberry Pi Using Wine It's now possible to run Windows software on a Raspberry Pi thanks to the ExaGear desktop environment. Here's all you need to know to get started. Read More , such is the depth of the program.

5. Find a Modern Alternative to Your 16-Bit Program

Does virtualization seem to complex? Or just like a lot of time? There could well be either a 32-bit version of the old program you want or even a modern remake or equivalent.

Let’s use the example of Chip’s Challenge, and figure out a few 32-bit alternatives.

Chip’s Challenge on Steam

You can download and play Chip’s Challenge on Steam. In fact, you can download and play Chip’s Challenge 2 on Steam, too. The 2015 follow up to the Windows 3.1 classic puzzle challenge picks up where Chip (and you!) left off.

By downloading and playing Chip’s Challenge through Steam, it is guaranteed to work on your 64-bit system.

Tile World 2 [No Longer Available]

Tile World 2 is a remake of Chip’s Challenge that comes bundled with a number of free puzzles. If you have the original puzzle, you can copy them into Tile World 2 and relive Chip’s adventure.

tileworld-default

If you don’t like this, you can grab the original tileset and use that, if you want. I found them on the Chip’s Challenge Wiki.

tileworld-custom-tiles

Just like that, we have a very close approximation of Chip’s Challenge up and running on a 64-bit machine.

Classic Reload

Classic Reload is a “Game and Software Preservation” site. In that, they upload versions of old software and games to their site and make them available to anyone that wants to play. At the time of writing, Classic Reload has over 6000 DOS, Windows, and console games available to anyone.

6. Use Windows 10 Program Compatibility Troubleshooter

Windows 10 has an integrated Program Compatibility Troubleshooter that helps to “detect and fix common compatibility problems.”

It doesn’t always figure out what is wrong, and most of the time, because it is a 16-bit program attempting to run in 64-bit Windows, it cannot help. But if you are struggling with a 16-bit program in a 32-bit version of Windows, the integrated troubleshooter can sometimes find a suitable configuration.

To find out how this works, check out how to make your old games and software run in Windows 10 How to Run Old Games and Software on Windows 10 How to Run Old Games and Software on Windows 10 Old PC games and software can struggle on Windows 10. Try these tips to get your old Windows games and programs running on Windows 10. Read More .

What 16-Bit Software Do You Still Run?

Are you still reliant on 16-bit software? Some old programs do their job, do it well, and don’t need replacing. In other cases, the developer ceases to exist and the company requires that specific 16-bit program to continue functioning.

For most people, however, it’s about the games. Firing up those old classic games is always an entertaining time. Steam and GOG.com now feature many of the best PC games from the 16-bit era, making it easier than ever. Want more 16-bit gaming? How about building your own NES or SNES emulator using a Raspberry Pi How to Build a Custom Raspberry Pi NES or SNES Classic Emulator With RetroPie How to Build a Custom Raspberry Pi NES or SNES Classic Emulator With RetroPie Love retro gaming but can't afford the habit? Save cash on special editions---use a Raspberry Pi to play classic Nintendo games! Read More ?

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  1. Louis
    March 23, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    I'm not a techie but this article attracted me because recently I tried to use a printer that needed a 32-bit program and I couldn't use the printer because I have a 64-bit computer. Does any of this pertain to printers or just to games? What were the easy way be to solve this? Thank you

    • Col. Panek
      March 31, 2019 at 12:30 am

      Sounds like you need a driver for your printer ... ? If so, try plugging it into a Linux PC instead of Windows. I have a couple gadgets that work fine on Linux but not on Windows 7.

  2. Leroy Jenkins
    May 13, 2018 at 1:25 am

    The Windows Entertainment Pack for Windows 3.0. Tetris! Civilization II. There's a 32 bit version of Civ II but the AI is different and playability has changed. Alpha Centauri (shich is 32 bit but requires extensive patching for Windows 10 usage.

    For many years I stuck to the 32 bit versions of Windows to maintain NTVDM support, but less than 4 GB of RAM is a non-starter these days.

    Now I run most things in WINE on Linux.

  3. Galane
    January 30, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Will Win32s software run on x64 Windows? Or is there still some 16 bit code in Win32s software? What about software that also needs WinG to run on 3.1?

    Win32s was the legacy of Microsoft's early efforts at moving to a 32 bit operating system. Most circa 1995 software that had on the box compatibility with both Windows 3.1 and 95 used Win32s on 3.1, even though much 16 bit Windows 3.1x software would run on 95. Windows 95 could even use 16 bit printer drivers from 3.1, but getting them to work could be tricky.

    WinG was a precursor to DirectX, it was a back-port of some of Windows 95's video rendering system.

    • Justin
      April 6, 2018 at 4:11 pm

      Anything that requires win32s is 32 bit, so it should work(I'm saying should because sometimes such a program will use 16 bit dlls or have a 16 bit installer).

  4. Christopher m Goslant
    January 27, 2018 at 1:19 am

    I still play old 16 bit games alot. i am versant in dosbox but unfortunatelyt the one game i want to play crashes out at the end of battles. game is switching modes from turn based to realtime and poof. it didnt do it when i had a real windows 3.1 system. i had both them and the game. called spelljammer pirates of realmspace. an old ssi dungeons and dragons game from 1992. so i assume dosbox is failing me. id give anything to play that game again. if anyone has any ideas what to do let me know please!!!

    • Justin
      April 6, 2018 at 4:12 pm

      If it's a DOS game, try running it without windows.

  5. FDavid
    September 14, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    My father still uses the calendar.exe from Win3.11 on daily basis. Well, it is not easy to switch to a newer software, when you wrote your diary to an old 16-bit program with undocumented cryptic fileformat since 1994 every day! Unfortunately the source code is still not open, so someday (maybe sooner than later) I have to start to do some reverse engineering and save all the valuable data from this undocumented prison and maybe rewrite the whole software with same look-n-feel and behaviour.

    Anyway, according to my father, calendar.exe is the very best and stable software without any useless extra features, even today.

  6. John David Kromkowski
    May 23, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Superbase 2 and apps I wrote in it to run my law office and side project data analysis apps (demographics, nearest neighbor, k-cluster, statistical stuff, etc.

    I recently rewrote main app into SIMPOL/ aka superbase next generation (SBNG), but there are still things I can write and run faster on SB so I keep an XP machine around.

  7. Glock
    April 1, 2017 at 3:15 am

    What I really need is WINE to run on windows. Because lots of my paid for expensive software runs better under linux with wine than f-ing windows. Listening Microsoft? :-/

  8. Chris
    October 17, 2016 at 3:25 am

    I'm trying to get virtual turntables carrot innovations running on a newer operating system. I'm in a band that has been using this software since it came out. It's very important for us since its features all in one program is impossible to find. I have access to Linux but not all the feature work. I'm running Ubuntu zorin 10. Any ideas or any suggested distributions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time.

  9. Nancy
    September 13, 2016 at 5:54 am

    I found this article when searching for ways to run Mazemakr (from Custom Real-Time Software) which was written for Windows 3.1 in 1992. I found an emulated version on archive.org which is how I figured out it was Win3 and therefore 16-bit. I think I'll give one of your methods a try when I need to avoid real work. :-)

  10. Michael Gene Muldoon
    July 7, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    I use Lotus 123 Version 5 quite a bit at work. There is a ticket printing spreadsheet I use a lot for our asphalt plants. I can't even update to say Millenium Edition because 5 has database capabilities they removed from their later versions. So it's old even by Lotus standards. And Lotus was killed by IBM even though they use the name Lotus Symphony is NOT the old Lotus. It is just a rebranded OpenOffice clone. So.... my sites run old 32 bit machines with XP because that's what my spreadsheet needs. All of the new work machines in my company are 64 bit so they won't run Lotus at all because there never was a 64 bit version that I can find. I do have it running if you it that by running a Windows 7 virtual machine inside Windows 10 then running a XPMode machine in there then running Lotus in that. I may be driving my computer into a nervous breakdown but it WORKS!

    • Anonymous
      July 8, 2016 at 1:23 am

      I remember tinkering with the old Lotus 123 at my dad's place of employment when I would occassionally visit there as a kid. Green screens. Somehow, thinking about it, all I can hear are symphonies of dot-matrix printers...

  11. Dave Wise
    June 24, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    I just used Virtual XP Mode to run a Turbo-C program I wrote in 2001 to edit paper tapes for a computer made in 1960. Of course I called the editor TECO.

    • TURTLESHROOM
      January 11, 2017 at 10:47 pm

      Would you mind sharing that program?

      • Dave Wise
        January 12, 2017 at 5:16 pm

        Sure, but keep in mind that it expects the file to be in one of the 1620 formats. You won't get anything intelligible out of a plain text file. I'll include a couple of 1620 tape files. I didn't see/remember a way to attach files here, so give me your email address (in some non-scrapeable form) and I'll mail them to you.

  12. Anonymous
    May 30, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    QBASIC

    • Anonymous
      July 8, 2016 at 1:19 am

      That's a blast from the past :)

      As a kid-geek I wrote a QBASIC program to simulate model rocket trajectories so I could design my projects faster without destroying property (or my grandfather's cows).

      Thanks, Abdul!

      • Anonymous
        July 8, 2016 at 8:01 pm

        You are welcome?

  13. Glenn
    April 24, 2016 at 3:06 am

    I write MUSIC and I still love the WINCAKE interface over the Cakewalk Pro Audio. I can run it using VMWARE but I wish there was a simpler "Shell" to put it into.

  14. Will
    March 18, 2016 at 11:44 am

    I run a Windows 3.11 VM in virtualbox and have Windows 3.11 running in Boxer on my Mac, for all my 16 bit windows gaming.

    Only difficulty I have is MS Golf, seems to crash on Dosbox and be too fast to click in Virtualbox.

    • Justin Pot
      March 22, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      Emulation is rarely quite perfect, but tweak things a bit and you can get close, seems like you've learned a lot already.

  15. Ken Holland
    March 15, 2016 at 4:42 am

    I've got a laptop that run XP and came across some of my old files from the DOS/Window 3.11 days. I haven't gone through it all very thoroughly but there are some games and Borland C++ Version 7.2. Also I found MS C++ (This one may be just straight 'C') and MASM Version unknown at this time. I think there may be source code for some of the games. I just have to do more looking at the files.

    Ken

    • Justin Pot
      March 15, 2016 at 10:57 pm

      Let us know about anything else you find!

  16. jeep
    February 6, 2016 at 8:08 am

    virtual pc works also

  17. Anonymous
    September 18, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Hello, I'm trying to run Autosketch release 2 on a vista machine. I only have 3.5"disc. Any advise on how to run?

  18. Anonymous
    August 9, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    I am running a National Geographic Digital Collection from 1996, designed for 3.1 and 95.

    • Justin Pot
      August 10, 2015 at 12:25 am

      That's amazing, is it just an archive of all the back issues? How do the images look on modern computers?

      • Anonymous
        August 10, 2015 at 2:18 am

        It is a digital scan of all of their magazines from 1888 to 1996. The quality is okay, really, since the text is readable but the pictures are not full quality. I picked it up at a local library sale.

    • Justin Pot
      August 10, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      That's pretty cool, I bet there's a lot worth reading in there. Glad you got it working.

      • Anonymous
        August 10, 2015 at 5:42 pm

        Thank you for the tips!

  19. Rob
    May 2, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    I am still using (16 bit) Sidekick 98 for my work, but now I have problems getting it to run/unzip from my CD to the virtual XP mode in a 64 bit Windows 7 Pro laptop. When I try to run it, the DOS screen comes up for a second and disappears.

  20. Mike G
    April 27, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Absolutely. And speaking of MS-DOS, Lotus123R5 came out in two versions - one for DOS, and one for Windows 3.1., which itself ran under DOS as I understand it. So I *should* in principle be able to run Lotus123R5 for Windows under a DOS emulator! I get the impression though that DOSBox and similar emulators are 'good enough' (or maybe even 'pretty good'?) emulators, but don't have the *full* functionality of real DOS. I do a google browse to check this out once a year or so - I think the time has come again ....

    • Justin Pot
      April 27, 2015 at 6:29 pm

      DOSBox is a pretty competent emulator, but it's built with games in mind. Things like printing are basically impossible, but it does run software exceptionally well. Best of luck to you keeping everything working.

    • Doc
      May 3, 2015 at 2:09 am

      If you can find (legally) the floppies for it, you can run Windows 3.1x in DOSBox, and load generic display drivers, etc. to get 256+ colors and sound as well. http://www.vogons.org/ is a great resource for everything you'll need except the copy of Windows itself.

  21. Mike G
    April 27, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    I use it for almost everything that involves (or can benefit from) computation, analysis, sorting etc such as: 1. time recording - I used to work in professional practice where time was charged by the hour and I developed, incrementally*, my own real-time software which I still use - it really 'holds up the mirror' to just how easy it is to fritter time away on unplanned 'stuff' 2. accounting - my small-business accounting (customised to MY needs) 3. To-do listing, planning, scheduling etc. In fact the only area where I don't use is for text-based notes, webpage extracts etc, for which I use ActionOutline.

    *one point I didn't mention is that Lotus123R5 lends itself to a 'kaizen' style of development: small, incremental improvements to code as and when a possibility of improvement is noted.

    I rarely have to export files to others: when I do, I can save-as in .xls format from Lotus123.

    • Justin Pot
      April 27, 2015 at 6:05 pm

      Thanks for taking the time to answer that, fascinating stuff. I've been really interested in people using decades old software ever since I learned that George R.R. Martin still uses an MS DOS word processor to write his novels.

      Sometimes, if a tool is familiar to you, it's the best tool for the job – period.

  22. Mike G
    April 26, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    "Is there any 16-bit software you’re still using for actual work? "

    Yes. All my spreadsheet work is on Lotus 123 Release 5 for Windows, which has a powerful keystoke-macro programming language.

    I'm aware that Excel has a 'keystroke capture' facility to turn keystrokes into macro commands. That though is a poor substitute for the 'flow state' that arises from programming 'immediately as you think' - in much the same way, perhaps, as an author who writes longhand finds his creativity 'bottlenecked' by the slow capture mode of handwriting, as compared with using voice-recognition software.

    Part of the power of the Lotus keystroke macro programming is that it is relatively simple to program for the macro to edit itself as it runs, where that is more straightforward than using a byzantine structure of IF..THEN and BRANCH statements for the matter in hand.

    • Justin Pot
      April 27, 2015 at 5:13 pm

      This is fascinating ,and I'm really curious: what kinds of things do you use this spreadsheet software for? Is it for your job? Do you have trouble collaborating with people because of your (relatively) obscure preference?

  23. snaid
    March 31, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    old games, specificallt
    Castle of the winds

    • Justin Pot
      March 31, 2015 at 2:41 pm

      I've never heard of this one! Look interesting.

    • Doc
      May 3, 2015 at 2:07 am

      Castle of the Winds (shareware and Castle of the Winds II, paid) was a wonderful RPG (tile-based graphics) designed for Windows 3.1x, although in order to use the numeric pad for movement, you had to turn Num Lock OFF. Either game came on one floppy, and ran fine in Win 95 & 98, and (IIRC) XP and Vista 32, as 16-bit program support didn't disappear until 64-bit came along.

  24. Sam Datum
    March 9, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    Here's one for you. I used the program below, sporadically, until we changed to 64-bit Win 7 machines at work. I have another company-purchased statistics program (>$1200, 130 MB Install) but I like MSTAT because of it's specificity. Now I understand I'll need to either emulate or simulate a 32-bit windows environment to make it operational once again.

    MSTAT or MSTAT-C is a statistical design and analysis software written by Dr. Russell Freed at Michigan State University. First released in the 1980s it has been used by the researchers in the fields of plant breeding and life science across the world (MSTATC was released in 1990s). It almost certainly is still widely used, particularly in Third-World countries where resources are limited. Not bad for a 1.5MB application that fit on a floppy. I believe it's still available. https://www.msu.edu/~freed/mstatc.htm.

  25. Doug Taylor
    March 5, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    Actually, yes, I use a very small and fast calendar/note/timekeeping system I wrote back in 1991 currently in WIndows 7 OS. The program is a small 35K .com file,extremely fast to load and shut down, and does all I need to do, copy and paste below in notepad to see character version of this app,

    ????????F1=Help???????????03/05/2015?????????????(c) Cymbolic Systems 1989-1997?
    [3.5]code Review   ?
    ??????<??=Edit Day??????[2]Tri-County Req Change to Intern Extract   ?
    [2]backups   ?
    ????????F1=Help????????? ?
    ?
    ? 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 ? ?
    ? 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 ? ?
    ? 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 ? ?
    ? 29 30 31 ? ?
    ? ? ?
    ???????03/05/2015??????? ?
    ?Plnt Source code: ? ?
    ?cymbolic@yahoo.com/jaz? ?
    ?zyy22  ? ?
    ?  ? ?
    ?   ? ?
    ?   ? ?
    ?   ? ?
    ? ? ?
    ? ? ?
    ? ? ?
    ??To Do???????????????????Now: Thursday, March 05, 2015??????????????15:33:04???

    • Justin Pot
      March 5, 2015 at 9:46 pm

      I think we're not seeing a lot of the code here, but this is still really cool. Thanks for sharing!

  26. Dennis
    August 30, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Also you can use the free VirtualBox to run Win95 or Win98. Win2000.
    I even had the old Windows NT running with VirtualBox.
    It's fantastic for operation system virtualization.
    So there shouldn't be a big problem running old games.

    • Justin P
      August 31, 2014 at 10:03 pm

      VirtualBox is a solid option, especially if you still have your Windows CDs lying around. Just remember: it's probably a good idea to turn networking off for these systems. Virtual machines can get viruses same as any other, and operating systems that haven't seen updates in a decade aren't going to be easy to protect.

    • Doc
      May 3, 2015 at 2:02 am

      I haven't heard of anybody getting Win98 working in DosBox (at least without a lot of tweaking), although I easily got Win95 working. Windows 2000, as it runs an NT kernel, will likely never work in DosBox, but should work fine in almost any other virtualization program (VirtualBox, Bochs, etc.)

  27. Dennis
    August 30, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    --> Commander Keen
    On the Mac playable with the free Boxer.app
    Even in full screen.
    This app comes with Keen and Pinball
    --> http://boxerapp.com/

  28. Floyd
    August 24, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    I use QDEX (search for qdex122f) which is a wonderful little card-file program from way, way back. With Win7 Home I set up a WinXP VM with Virtual Box. A bit clumsy so on my laptop (WIn7 Pro) I used the WinXp extensions and it works well. Very simple program, card file loads into RAM and is really fast to search. It is a free-form database, but text only. Evernote and One Note are far more sophisticated but this excels with its simplicity and speed.

    • Justin Pot
      August 25, 2014 at 12:19 am

      Glad you got this working, I'll have to look into this ancient program. I wonder what other productivity tools from the past people are still using...

  29. Jared
    August 23, 2014 at 12:07 am

    I had to set up a virtual machine on in order to run Floor Plan Plus 3d, and old old old piece of building design software for a construction business. I tried setting up a portable app, but still wouldn't work with 16 bit software.

    • Justin Pot
      August 25, 2014 at 12:18 am

      Yep, making something portable sadly makes no difference. If only WINE could run in Windows, then we could get something cooking...

  30. g.m.nelson
    August 22, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    I run Calendar Creator Plus 5.0 in DosBox on a Vista 32bit system, it will run directly but with the wrong keyboard (my laptop has a spanish keyboard) while in DosBox it sees the proper keys. I have not been able to find a modern calendar program that lets you store events/birthdays etc and print a weekly/monthly calendar using the stored database.

    • Justin Pot
      August 22, 2014 at 5:56 pm

      That's fascinating. Apparently George RR Martin writer Game Of Thrones in an old DOS word processor, so you're not alone on finding a tool that told to be the best thing for a specific job.

  31. Chad
    August 22, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Montezuma's Revenge - that game is so hard (harder now that I'm older), but I still love it!

    • Justin Pot
      August 22, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      Have you gotten it working?

  32. Doc
    August 21, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    One 16-bit game (for Windows 3.1 with Win32S and Windows 95 and 98) that I'd like to get running again (without crashing!) is Deadlock: Planetary Conquest. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to like Windows XP or Windows 95 in DosBox (yes, it's possible to run Windows 95 from a VHD file in DosBox!)

    • Justin Pot
      August 22, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      If you want a shortcut, GOG.com offers a version of this game that should run for you without any problems:

      http://www.gog.com/game/deadlock_planetary_conquest

      But failing that, have you considered trying a virtual machine instead of DosBOX? It's an easier thing to do than installing 95 in DosBOX (seriously impressed by that, by the way...)

    • Doc
      August 24, 2014 at 11:59 pm

      Tried installing it on Microsoft Virtual PC running Windows XP; no go. Will have to try MSVPC + Windows 98SE combination...that might just work!

      PS: Why is it when I go to the MUO homepage, I'm logged in, but on many other pages I'm not? Weird...

    • Justin Pot
      August 25, 2014 at 12:17 am

      I've no idea what's up with login, but it's unique to this article. I've had to manually add my email address to every comment I make on it, and I'm the managing editor of this site. : Luckily, we're replacing this third-party login system with one of our own next month.

    • Al
      February 26, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      I'm trying to run an old data type program "Professional File 2.0" on my Windows 8.1 machine. Wishful thinking??

    • Justin Pot
      February 26, 2015 at 2:36 pm

      Al,

      If it's DOS program, you can probably get it to work in DOSbox (but printing anything pretty much ever is out of the question).

    • Doc
      February 27, 2015 at 1:12 am

      @Al: Nope, as I stated it required a minimum of Windows 3.x with the Win32S (Windows 32-bit) extensions (the sample program Microsoft supplied with it was the first Windows FreeCell!)
      Deadlock ran perfectly fine in Windows 95/98/98SE (never tried Millenium). The biggest problem with getting it running under XP was sound; the version of Miles Sound System for Windows it used was horribly buggy; even Vogons http://www.vogons.org/ had problems with it, and could never get it stable...

    • Leona
      May 2, 2015 at 11:59 am

      Okay here goes
      first of all let me give you back your years of life... if your game is not 2d or 8 bit forget dos box it won't work and virtual box is a pain in the bum and compatibility mode is a joke. Go to Microsoft and download windows xp mode virtual pc.

      If you are trying to play a windows 95 game on windows xp mode virtual provided by Microsoft do this...

      Launch your xp mode windows virtual of window
      Go to tools tab
      Ensure your option - enable integration features is on (check settings underneath that option and go to 'integration features' and make sure that drives is selected with every box in it.)
      Put in your cd
      Go to my computer
      Look down under your normal 'devices with removable storage' - you should see 'other' and in there drives like c, d and e might also say on 'yourname' - PC.
      Go to D and double click.
      There you should see your CD-ROM icons exactly as they should look. Find programme and double click and it should work.

      likewise if this doesn't work
      go back to enable integration features and make sure this is disabled, it will make the 'other' dissapear but should allow you to run the game in d drive as normal and I mean the d drive still within the xp mode window.

    • Doc
      May 3, 2015 at 2:00 am

      @Leona: Tried almost all of these, I'm on Windows 7 and will be upgrading to Win10 a few months after it comes out (retail).
      Deadlock won't run under Windows XP (or XP Mode) with sound enabled, and Vogons ( http://www.vogons.org/ ) knows all the ins and outs of getting old games running under new OSes, so "Virutal XP Mode" won't work.
      I have managed to get it running under Windows 95 running in DosBox (getting that set up and working is another challenge in and of itself, but is a worthwhile and fun challenge). It's just a hassle, as Deadlock doesn't like any screen resolution higher than 1024x768.
      Also, I don't recommend running XP (or XP Mode) as both are currently unsupported with no new security patches being released (and XP Mode, as a virtual machine, requires its own antivirus and security updates)