Playing DOS games in XP

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Sachin, Mar 15, 2003.

  1. Sachin

    Sachin Guest

    I was wondering if anyone here had any advice on playing a DOS game (namely Privateer) in XP. I've already tried to change that compatibility mode and the DOS settings (I set all the memory options to auto) but neither attempt worked. I know that I could repartition my hard drive and set up another OS on the new partition... but that might be going a bit too far. I'd rather not format my hard drive to satiate my craving for this game. Another idea that I've heard is to buy another box with a different OS but, being a poor college student, I can't afford it.

    This is the error message that I get when I try and run the exe:

    I guess in the older versions of windows you could change the boot files, but I don't think there are any in this version.

    If anyone can help with this I'd greatly appreciate it.
  2. Yharn

    Yharn meh.

    Indiana, USA
    i remember finding something like a DOS emulator for win XP that allowed that. I'll have to try to find that again.
  3. bandworthy

    bandworthy Guest

    gets some games going although in xp getting a dos game to run is more luck then anything, Although theres an increase in d3d conversions/mods of older games which will then run happily in xp, such as

    for Elite Frontier first encounters. And

    which is a free open source conversion of Star Control 2
    If only something like this was done for x-com(ufo) enemy unknown sigh......

    A dos partition may not help you, newer sound cards dont like dos, newer pc's are becoming completely incompatible with dos now. So lets hope fans keep making classics compatible.