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How to run DOS in Windows 7 – Can I run DOS program in Windows 7?

If you’re an old school-kind of guy or simply need to run your old DOS program in Windows 7, you’re in luck.  I can walk you through a few steps to accomplish this.  You don’t need to be a Windows 7 expert or PC expert to know how.%image_alt%

Essentially, if you were able to run DOS in XP, then it will run in Windows 7.  The exception is with 64-bit.  DOS cannot run in 64-bit due to the formatting of the DOS program not being that high-level.  But, there’s a work-around for that.  Don’t worry.

Here’s how to run your DOS program in Windows 7:

  1. Just launch it!
  2. If opening it doesn’t work, right-click file ->Properties->Compatibility tab and choose Windows 98 and Okay.  Then, launch the program.
  3. If the two above steps don’t work, or if you have a 64-bit operating system, run VMware Player to run an older operating system inside Windows 7 to make DOS work.

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