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In simple terms, the main function of DOSBox is – with DOSBox, you can run the old and classic DOS games or software on different Windows, BeOS, Linux, Mac OS X, OS/2…. operation systems, or you can even install a Windows 3.1 in the DOSBox. “Re-live” the good old days now, with ease!
Since Windows XP, the built-in functions of CMD become more limited, especially for 64-bit Windows or server system, the user can’t even run a 16-bit Windows application, let alone a 16-bit MS-DOS program.
DOSBox is currently the best solution for running DOS games under Windows system, it can not only support quite a few DOS games with good running, but also can simulate its sound perfectly.
In all, rather than taking DOSBox as a virtual DOS system, why not regard it as a professional DOS game emulator. Many of the classic old DOS games require its support to play normally, DOSBox is a must-have tool for nostalgic players.
// Key Features //
- A full x86 PC simulation
- Emulates CPU: 286/386 real mode/protected mode
- Directory FileSystem/XMS/EMS
- Tandy/Hercules/CGA/EGA/VGA/VESA graphics
- SoundBlaster/Gravis Ultra Sound card for excellent sound compatibility
- Embedded DOS command interpreter
- Open source, cross multiple platforms
- Totally free of charge
BTW, there are also many unofficial DOSBox variants or frontends: such as SVN Daum, DOSBox-X, ProGammaX, Dapplegrey, DosBlaster, DOSShell, AmpShell, Boxer, LaunchBox, DosPanel, DBFrontend, D-Fend Reloaded, Petit dosbox, DOSBox GUI, DBGL and more, which provide more functions and convenience.
// Related Links //
- How to play DOS game on my PC with DOSBox (3-step tutorial)
- Basic Setup and Installation of DOSBox (official text tutorial)
- Full Detailed DOSBox Tutorial (unofficial graphic tutorial)
- Advanced DOSBox Tutorial (unofficial graphic tutorial)
- DOSBox F.A.Q.
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