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    Old Dos

    I have Win 7 Ultimate and would like to run a few of my old DOS games. How do I do this if possible

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    How old are these DOS games? Were they written for MS-DOS?

    In Windows 7 what looks like DOS is Windows CMD; it does lots of the same stuff, but it isn't MS-DOS.
    Create a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

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    AFAIK that would only be possible through a MS-DOS simulator. Try DosBox, easy to use.

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    I've not tried that, in Win-7, although I do run a lot of DOS batch files in Vista, 7, 8, and even 8.1

    Now if the game is an .exe file and maybe in 16 bit........you might not run it in Win-7, but, you can certainly run it in Win-8.

    When being installed, Win-8 will stop and ask you if you want to enable 16 bit compatibility. On one old game I got in 1990, on a floppy disk, Win-8 installed it under 16 bit compatibility and I currently play that game with NO problems.

    Good Luck!

    The Doctor

    PS: Have you actually tried to install that program yet, or are you just taking it for granted that it won't work?
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    +1 for DosBox. Runs Duke Nukem really well, and Cosmo and......

    cheers, Paul

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