I can not download a program that is ms dos on to a windows 7 computer system. RRS feed

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  • I had a program that runs on ms dos I was able to run it on windows xp but not windows 7 why is that can i download ms dos I think ms dos was better to look at than windows 7
    Wednesday, January 20, 2010 12:46 AM


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  • Hi,

    Most DOS programs are 16-bit and this has been cut off in windows 7. At this point, I would suggest using a emulator DOSbox. For more information, visit http://sourceforge.net/blog/potm-200905/
    • Marked as answer by Dale Qiao Monday, January 25, 2010 7:22 AM
    Wednesday, January 20, 2010 7:02 AM
  • You can also try run it in compatible mode.

    1. Right click on the program's shortcut, .exe file, or installation program.

    2. Click on Properties.

    3. Click on the Compatibility tab.  NOTE: If the Compatiblity options are grayed out, then it is a 64 bit program and cannot be changed

    4. To Run a Program in Compatibility Mode -
    NOTE: Runs the program using settings from a previous version of Windows. Try this setting if you know the program is designed for (or worked in) a specific previous version of Windows.
    A) Check the Run this program in compatibility mode for box.
    B) Click on the drop down menu arrow and select which version of Windows the program was made for. Suggest Windows XP.
    NOTE: Always pick the latest Windows version the program was written for to have a better chance of it running properly in Windows 7.

    5. To Change the Settings for a Program -
    A) Check or uncheck the settings you want for the program.

    6. To Change the Privilege Level of a Program -
    NOTE: Runs the program as an administrator. Some programs require administrator privileges to run properly. If you are not currently logged on as an administrator, this option is not available.
    A) Check or uncheck the Run this program as an administrator box to enable or disable this option. 

    7. To Change All of These Settings Above for All Users -
    NOTE: Lets you choose settings that will apply to all users on this computer.
    A) Click on the Change settings for all users button.
    B) Repeat steps 4, 5, and 6 in this window to apply them to all users on the computer. 

    C) Click on OK.
    8. Click on OK to apply the changes.

    Wednesday, January 20, 2010 8:06 AM