If you would like to know how to use a DOS emulator to run games, then listen up. You may be surprised to know it’s easier than one might think!
Modern Microsoft Windows operating systems such as Windows XP or 7 will not run games requiring the DOS operating system—frustrating, isn’t it? But all is not lost! Game-lovers who want to play those “oldies-but-goodies” games which require the DOS operating system do have an option, and in this case it’s a program that will enable them to emulate, or specifically imitate, DOS! Yep, it’s true! It may sound too good to be true, but DOS emulators actually reconstruct the operating system which enables old games to run; and everyone’s happy!
Not to throw a wrench into the good news, but it should be stated that using the old games can be a bit of a challenge and the fact remains that some older games will never run on Windows, even with the help of an emulator; but that’s about as bad as the bad news gets. The good news is this: some DOS emulators work well enough so that some, or most, old games can run!
There are a few simple steps to using a DOS emulator; and here goes:
What you’ll need:
You won’t need much — just a D-Fend-DosBox emulating system and DOS games.
What to do and how to do it:
1: Click the D-Fend-DosBox emulating program icon on your computer. This will begin the install.
2: If your computer uses Windows XP, select the settings option, “Use Program Folder for Settings“. If Windows Vista or Windows 7 is used, select the option, “Use Profile Settings”.
3: Unzip the old DOS games into a folder titled, “games”.
4: Find the administrator’s “add” button at the top of the file menu and give it a click.
5: From the drop-down menu that appears, select the “Add from Template” option.
6: Concerning the operating template or interface window, take a guess at what you think might work the best with the game you wish to run. Choosing the interface can require a fair amount of guesswork so don’t be surprised or overly frustrated if you find yourself having to select different templates to get your game to display properly on the screen.
7: In the upper user menu, click “Game Profile.”
8: Enter the game-profile settings that are compatible for your DOS game. You’ll include name, template and graphics; and once that is complete, hit “Save“. By saving the profile settings, you’ll be doing yourself a favor since it will prevent you from having to re-enter the settings each time you run a game.
9: Delete the “Images” folder that D-Fend installs on your computer and select “games” as the main operating folder.
10: Within the D-Fend admin window, click and run the game which will be viewable in full-screen mode. To end a game running in DOS emulation mode, simple hit the “ESC” key. If that doesn’t work, other options to terminate a game would include 1) hitting the “CTRL” and “Tab” at the same time 2) hitting “CTRL” and “ALT” and “Delete”, simultaneously.
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