| By Fred Langa |
There’s almost always a way to run ancient apps in Windows 7.
Win7’s XP Mode even emulates old-school serial-communication (COM) and line-printer (LPT) ports.
Printing from DOS in Windows 7 XP Mode
Reader Gordon Douglas has a very old DOS app that he’d like to run in Windows 7.
- “Found Fred Langa’s [Sept. 22] article, “Using Windows 7’s XP Mode — step by step,” very informative. But I need a few more answers before upgrading.
“I have an old MS-DOS program that I would like to be able to run (for historical data) on my new Windows 7 PC. Will my old MS-DOS program run in XP Mode?
“How would I print anything? My DOS program prints to parallel port LPT1 or LPT2 only.”
Your DOS app will probably run fine. If you can run it from inside XP, you’ll almost surely be able to run it from inside Windows 7.