DOSBox for Windows 0.74

4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 (79 votes)

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Windows 2000/9x/Server 2003/XP / Open Source / 15,895 downloads

DOSBox is a DOS-emulator that uses the SDL-library which makes it very easy to port to different platforms. It has already been ported to many different platforms, such as Windows, BeOS, Linux, MacOS X. It also emulates CPU:286/386 realmode/protected mode, Directory FileSystem/XMS/EMS, Tandy/Hercules/CGA/EGA/VGA/VESA graphics, a SoundBlaster/Gravis Ultra Sound card for excellent sound compatibility with older games.

  • Homepage

    DOSBox

  • Latest Changes

    - Several small game specific fixes/hacks/support. (Offensive, Roadhog, GTA installer, Kingdom O' Magic soundcard detection, Pirate booter, Armored Fist installer)

    - Add the S3-specific 640x480 256 color mode. (fixes regression in "Wooden Ships and Iron Men" and "I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream")

    - Fix a stack overflow that could crash DOSBox

    - Add fake microphone input. (fixes Talking Parrot)

    - Modify adlib turn off code, so that it doesn't turn off in cases where the same sound is repeated over and over again

    - Several small fixes to the CDROM audio code.(HOMM2, Redneck Rampage and others)

  • Other Versions

    DOSBox for Mac OS X

    DOSBox for Linux

    DOSBox for FreeBSD

Reviews of DOSBox for Windows

  1. 5 out of 5 stars
    Slipped it in

    Reviewing 0.74 (May 12, 2010)

    This is the only way to run Scorched Earth under 32-bit Windows Vista and 7. Apparently after Windows XP Microsoft removed all support for 16-bit DOS apps.

  2. 5 out of 5 stars
    FatBastard

    Reviewing 0.74 (May 12, 2010)

    If you ever used DOS back in the old days it's impossible not to love DOSBox :)

  3. 5 out of 5 stars
    Reverb

    Reviewing 0.72 (Aug 28, 2007)

    Excellent work and a must have for legacy DOS based games and applications. This is not the same as VMWare or similar virtual machines - this is a self-contained emulator. VMWare, Parallels etc require you to install DOS, all sound, CD-ROM, VESA VBE drivers yourself. This is a stand-alone utility that has a built-in DOS command interpreter, ADLIB/SB/SBPRO/SB16/GUS et al sound drivers and VESA video. It does not require virtual hard drives you simply mount a directory of your choice and assign a drive letter.

    For certain games this works better than virtualization. I like the fact that you can adjust the CPU clock cycles for older games that run too fast on today's machines. (Wing Commander is a perfect example).

    If you were considering setting up a VMWare DOS environment but don't want to go through all the fun of tweaking CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT to get maximum base memory try this instead. Highly recommended. Also check the forums, lots of helpful advice on getting your old apps to run.

  4. 5 out of 5 stars
    improvelence

    Reviewing 0.72 (Aug 27, 2007)

    wetink Just because you are an idiot does not mean you have to give a great program a lower rating.

  5. 3 out of 5 stars
    oompoop

    Reviewing 0.71 (Aug 20, 2007)

    Maybe useful ...
    But why not taking DRDOS/NovellDOS and have a multiboot system?!
    ... ran fine with Win98, but don't know how it works on a NTFS-File-System.

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