FreeDOS 1.2 for Windows

by Jim Hall

Avg. Rating 4.5 (25 votes)

File Details

File Size 405.3 MB
License Open Source
Operating System Windows (All)
Date Added
Total Downloads 2,574
Publisher Jim Hall
Homepage FreeDOS

Publisher's Description

FreeDOS is a free DOS-compatible operating system for IBM-PC compatible systems. FreeDOS is made of up many different, separate programs that act as "packages" to the overall FreeDOS Project.

Latest Reviews

cyberguy

cyberguy reviewed v1.2 RC2 on Nov 29, 2016

Good to see that someone cares to keep a version of this bit of x86 history alive.
5 stars for that alone.

fredreed

fredreed reviewed v1.1 Test Release on Jul 7, 2011

Improvelence you need to keep your comments
about other people to yourself because they may not like what you have to say about them. I don't use freedos but I know that there are people out there who still use it instead of windows not because of what you say but people probably prefer to dos then windows.

guti

guti reviewed v1.1 Test Release on Jul 6, 2011

Not as efficient and compatible like Enhanced DR DOS, but good to see it still living.

spiked

spiked reviewed v1.1 Test Release on Jul 5, 2011

Personally, I still care about this project, but I'm not stupid. Probably less than a thousand people (worldwide) still have any REAL use for FreeDOS. A few OEMs like Dell like to sell a few PCs with FreeDOS to people who don't want to pay for a Windows license because they secretly intend to load a pirated copy of XP.

Did you know that there's an open source project named Hercules which lets you run OS/390 (decendent of MVS which was decendant of MVT, an IBM mainframe OS from the 1960's) on a PC? You don't care, right? FreeDOS will be joining Hercules in obscurity soon.

Skizelli

Skizelli reviewed v1.0 on Mar 12, 2007

Apparently stopbuggingme and Pegusis2 don't understand the concept of what FreeDOS aims to do. Whatever your reason is for using DOS, whether to play old DOS games, run old DOS applications, etc., FreeDOS beats the ever-living hell out of MS-DOS. Think DOS, but with more memory, tools, etc. If you're about making an old games machine, like I did, definitely give FreeDOS a try.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v1.0 on Sep 6, 2006

Cool, but feel that the boot stuff should be able to read/write NTFS natively, handle partitioning of large volumes in both FAT 32 and NTFS and be fairly smart about memory management like Dos 5.x and 6.x were.

Still, at least it's out there and it works. :)

improvelence

improvelence reviewed v1.0 on Sep 5, 2006

DOS was not developed by a for profit company moron, it was stolen by one.

Actually, FreeDOS has MANY uses if you are savy and especially has a use where I work....not for a user OS but a much more technical purpose. Dont review something if you dont know how to use it or have never used it or dont understand the usefulness of a lightweight OS.

It is also useful to dual boot with a small dos drive just in case you need to run any old dos apps that wont work right with DOSBox. Especially if you are on a 64 bit OS.

Keep Betanews Moron-Free

But hell...it is good for Wolfenstein also...

stopbuggingme

stopbuggingme reviewed v1.0 on Sep 5, 2006

- It's an imitation of software developed by a for-profit company that paid its engineers for their work.
- It's increased to 100 times its original size
- It's 10 years too late

Yep. Sounds like open source to me.

Pegusis2

Pegusis2 reviewed v1.0 on Sep 5, 2006

WHY? Why would we want another Dirty Operating System? Why? That's like worse then going back to Windows 3.1...

zridling

zridling reviewed v1.0 on Sep 5, 2006

Interesting. Now I can get back to playing Duke Nukem and Wolfenstein the way they were intended! (Yea, yea, I know I can play them now anyway.)

Avg. Rating 4.5 (25 votes)
Your Rating
cyberguy

cyberguy reviewed v1.2 RC2 on Nov 29, 2016

Good to see that someone cares to keep a version of this bit of x86 history alive.
5 stars for that alone.

fredreed

fredreed reviewed v1.1 Test Release on Jul 7, 2011

Improvelence you need to keep your comments
about other people to yourself because they may not like what you have to say about them. I don't use freedos but I know that there are people out there who still use it instead of windows not because of what you say but people probably prefer to dos then windows.

guti

guti reviewed v1.1 Test Release on Jul 6, 2011

Not as efficient and compatible like Enhanced DR DOS, but good to see it still living.

spiked

spiked reviewed v1.1 Test Release on Jul 5, 2011

Personally, I still care about this project, but I'm not stupid. Probably less than a thousand people (worldwide) still have any REAL use for FreeDOS. A few OEMs like Dell like to sell a few PCs with FreeDOS to people who don't want to pay for a Windows license because they secretly intend to load a pirated copy of XP.

Did you know that there's an open source project named Hercules which lets you run OS/390 (decendent of MVS which was decendant of MVT, an IBM mainframe OS from the 1960's) on a PC? You don't care, right? FreeDOS will be joining Hercules in obscurity soon.

Skizelli

Skizelli reviewed v1.0 on Mar 12, 2007

Apparently stopbuggingme and Pegusis2 don't understand the concept of what FreeDOS aims to do. Whatever your reason is for using DOS, whether to play old DOS games, run old DOS applications, etc., FreeDOS beats the ever-living hell out of MS-DOS. Think DOS, but with more memory, tools, etc. If you're about making an old games machine, like I did, definitely give FreeDOS a try.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v1.0 on Sep 6, 2006

Cool, but feel that the boot stuff should be able to read/write NTFS natively, handle partitioning of large volumes in both FAT 32 and NTFS and be fairly smart about memory management like Dos 5.x and 6.x were.

Still, at least it's out there and it works. :)

improvelence

improvelence reviewed v1.0 on Sep 5, 2006

DOS was not developed by a for profit company moron, it was stolen by one.

Actually, FreeDOS has MANY uses if you are savy and especially has a use where I work....not for a user OS but a much more technical purpose. Dont review something if you dont know how to use it or have never used it or dont understand the usefulness of a lightweight OS.

It is also useful to dual boot with a small dos drive just in case you need to run any old dos apps that wont work right with DOSBox. Especially if you are on a 64 bit OS.

Keep Betanews Moron-Free

But hell...it is good for Wolfenstein also...

stopbuggingme

stopbuggingme reviewed v1.0 on Sep 5, 2006

- It's an imitation of software developed by a for-profit company that paid its engineers for their work.
- It's increased to 100 times its original size
- It's 10 years too late

Yep. Sounds like open source to me.

Pegusis2

Pegusis2 reviewed v1.0 on Sep 5, 2006

WHY? Why would we want another Dirty Operating System? Why? That's like worse then going back to Windows 3.1...

zridling

zridling reviewed v1.0 on Sep 5, 2006

Interesting. Now I can get back to playing Duke Nukem and Wolfenstein the way they were intended! (Yea, yea, I know I can play them now anyway.)

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