Running DOS-based Programs in Vista

A very common requirement of Students, is running 16-bit DOS-based programs in Windows Vista (For professionals, 16-bit DOS has been long obsolete).

Although, I do not recommend the 2 methods I am mentioning below for running 16-bit DOS-based programs in Vista in full screen mode, still you can safely use them if you need to.

  1. Use DOS box - DOS box setup is attached with this Post below. You can find instructions on how to use it here.
  2. Tweak Vista itself without needing any add-on installation. Instructions are available here.

You can find the setup of DOS Box attached with this Post.

File DOSBox0.72-win32-installer.exe1.2 MB


This is a great tip, but two things to add:

1. 16-bit apps do not work on 64-bit Vista/7

2. In some DOS applications you can only get Full Screen to work by changing the Video Adapter type in Device Manager to the Standard VGA driver from Microsoft.

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