WIndows XP (home) and DOS combination

By Hworker2
Jan 27, 2005
  1. Does anybody know how I can effectivly and simply use a DOS based game with my XP (ntfs) system? I have a C,and D hard drive. XP won't load the dos based game. At the present time both H/D's are using the XP system. I thought about adding a 3rd drive externally and formatting it with DOS 6.2 but I can't get a small enough to try it.
  2. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,431   +77

    DOS under XP

    There are two fundamental ways to run DOS under XP. The default when XP is installed is cmd.exe but thats a funny little scaled-down thing that wont run all sorts of older DOS programs which want to use some of the later extended-memory handling developed during the days of DOS 5.

    Try which is much closer to the old DOS-based version underpinning Win98. To do this, change the properties of the start menu entry for 'command prompt' to %system root%\system32\

    You'll maybe be surprised to find that the property sheet (once you've done that and XP gets the idea) suddenly has extra tabs which enable you to set many more properties than under cmd.exe

    You should also look into the various ways XP offers of fooling Dos programs they are running on an older system. It needs perserverance, but you can usually get most things working. MS knowledgebase also offers lots of help.

    The main problem I find is programs which try to run their own colour schemes will find XP wont let them address the hardware and the colours are muddy compromises. MS obviously could solve this simple problem, but they dont want to encourage you to do anything with old software, it doesnt make them any money!
  3. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Using a program like Partition Magic, you could resize the last partition on any harddisk.
    Make it only 2GB shorter. Then make a new partition in that 2GB space and format it as FAT32.
    Use a bootable floppy (get one from if needed) to start your PC.
    Go to that newly made FAT-drive and do your DOS-game-stuff. Ctrl/Alt/Del when done, take out the floppy first).
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