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Run Games

Name Description Download
DOSBox DOSBox is the easiest way to run DOS games on modern computers. Be sure to check out our DOSBox Guide for help with setting it up and configuration. There are many ports available for different operating systems if you're not running Windows. Download DOSBox Windows v0.74
Download for other OSes

Extract (Unzip) Files

Note that on modern versions of Windows, you can simply double click .ZIP files to view their contents without any external software. You can then copy the files and paste them into a folder. I've heard that modern Macs also include this sort of built-in functionality.

Name Description Download
7-Zip 7-Zip is a free file archiving program for Windows. It works fast and has a reasonable interface. Download 7-Zip Windows v18.01
iZip iZip is a free file archiving program for OSX. Download iZip Mac

DOS Extenders

If you get certain error messages when running games/software, it might be missing one of these files.

Name Description Download
CWSDPMI Ever try to run a game and get an error like: Load error: no DPMI - Get csdpmi*b.zip You need a DPMI server, and the most popular is CWSDPMI. Unzip the CWSDMPI.EXE file into the game's directory and try running it again, it should work. More info on CWSDPMI Download CWSDPMI v7b (17k)
DOS/4G Ever try to run a game and get an error like: Stub exec failed: dos4gw.exe No such file or directory Here's the DOS4G file you need to copy into the game's directory to get it to work! It's the most commonly used free 32-bit "memory extension" tool to allow programs to easily access memory beyond the 640k limit. If this version doesn't work for a particular game, try another DOS/4G version instead. Download DOS/4G v1.97 (139k)
Download other DOS4G versions

DOS-Based Tools

Name Description Download
Arachne Arachne is the best available DOS web browser, although it's probably more of a novelty than for serious use since most modern websites probably won't load properly on it. More information on Arachne. Download Arachne v1.97 (1,247k)
Cutemouse Cutemouse is a universal DOS mouse driver. Use this to get your mouse working on your DOS-based PC. Download Cutemouse v2.1Beta4 (271k)
Moslo Moslo is the standard for slowing down DOS programs that run too quickly due to the speed of the PC. If you're using DOSBox you probably won't need this (adjust the cycles instead) but for pure DOS this can be very useful. Download Moslo v1.2 (4k)
OLDDOS.EXE (Includes QBasic) A collection of old DOS based utilities from Microsoft. This used to be available on the MS website but it seems to have disappeared. It includes things like QBasic, Memmaker, Append, Expand, Print, Restore, and more. Download OLDDOS.EXE (837k)
VDMSound VDMSound is a tool used to get SoundBlaster or other legacy soundcards working for software under Windows NT/2000/XP. And ONLY those versions of Windows! Download VDMSound v2.1.0
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