MS DOS closing problem (in Windows XP)

By PoK
Sep 8, 2007
  1. Hello,

    Whenever I try to close an exe (these are old files from the Windows 95 era), the screen goes black and never returns to Windows. I've tried Ctrl+Alt+Del and Alt+F4, but neither of them did anything. So, I can RUN DOS programs (using, but I can't seem to exit them (which results in me having to restart the computer). Anyone know what the problem is?


    EDIT: Also, is there a way to run DOS programs in a window (not full screen)?
  2. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    What is your OS?
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837

    Running in a window depends on the program and how it uses the graphics. You can try switching to window mode with Alt+Enter.

    If you run DOS progs a lot, then you may want to consider an emulator like DOSBox or a full-blown virtual machine like VMware, Virtual PC or Bochs.
  4. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    The proper way to close a dos box is 'exit' and then enter. But if you cannot see a command prompt this is a bit difficult. Likewise if you cannot see a task bar.
    Some programs have an option to run in a win95 emulation - find the program file and check its properties - if it can then the option should be there as well as a program close option.
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