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[How To] Use DosBox (Install Games from CD, Run Them, Create Shortcuts)

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Update 1: Blog article about shortcuts is now up! See below example: http://versatile1.wordpress.com/2012/12/25/how-to-create-dosbox-shortcut-to-start-daggerfall/ Update 2: Added note from youtube user: Example clarification from a user if you thought my video was confusing: "I just got this thing working for Toonstruck on disc - this tutorial is pretty confusing if you don't speak 'computer geek'. Heres what you do. Create a folder in your C: drive (your hardrive) call it 'game'. and find out what drive your CD is in (mine is E) Open DOSBOX and TYPE mount e e:/ -t cdrom hit enter and TYPE mount c c:/game hit enter and TYPE e: press enter, then TYPE dir and then just TYPE the corresponding .EXE file: (setup, install) Click enter and BAM. Simple." - Courtesy of anakinthehutt ----------------------------------- Per the website: "DOSBox is a DOS-emulator that uses the SDL-library which makes DOSBox very easy to port to different platforms. DOSBox has already been ported to many different platforms, such as Windows, BeOS, Linux, MacOS X... DOSBox also emulates CPU:286/386 realmode/protected mode, Directory FileSystem/XMS/EMS, Tandy/Hercules/CGA/EGA/VGA/VESA graphics, a SoundBlaster/Gravis Ultra Sound card for excellent sound compatibility with older games... You can "re-live" the good old days with the help of DOSBox, it can run plenty of the old classics that don't run on your new computer! DOSBox is totally free of charge and OpenSource." Find it here: http://www.dosbox.com/download.php?main=1 ********************************* My tutorial gives you a crash course in DosBox, how to install the games, play them, and create special game shortcuts. ------------------------------------------- *Links For the Tutorial* Find it here: http://www.dosbox.com/download.php?main=1 A tutorial about DosBox shortcuts: http://www.dosbox.com/wiki/DOSBoxShortcuts Find this wallpaper (see 2010 gallery): http://versatileninja.minus.com ------------------------------------------- **Stay Connected With Our Tutorials** Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/vstpower Become friends with us: http://www.facebook.com/GDVideos Versatile's Blog: http://www.versatile1.wordpress.com vstPower Wiki: http://www.vstpower.wikispaces.com vstPower Chat Room: http://vstpower.wikispaces.com/Chat Donate to vstPower: http://vstpower.wikispaces.com/Donate Project "KiP" Knowledge is Power: http://www.tinyurl.com/ProjectKiP vstPower Steam Group: http://steamcommunity.com//groups/vstPower *Tags* yt:stretch=16:9 Issues with video content? Email us instead of doing a YouTube takedown. dmca [at] projectphoenix.media Copyright © 2018 Project Phoenix Media LLC - All Rights Reserved
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Windylink! (1 month ago)
I did this exactly but it won't mount the cd. otherwise shortcut work. furthermore I edited the .conf file to just mount the drives and not start. and it still starts the game
Windylink! (1 month ago)
I should create an iso? I was using a disc.
Project Phoenix Media (1 month ago)
I don't understand why it won't mount the CD if you have the CD files on your computer.
Windylink! (1 month ago)
further more it ignore cycle commands and seems to boot the game whether or not I tell it to switch drives or war2
Toad flamebomb (2 years ago)
+projectphoenixmedia this is unrelated but i want to run a Japanese import cd rom game (nitro royale heroines duel) a physical copy on windows 8 do you by any chance know how? it originally runs on windows 2000/xp/vista.
Project Phoenix Media (2 years ago)
+Kaioken x20 Sorry, you can get virtualbox, and get a copy of your old windows disc and install it inside a virtual machine. It's like running windows XP inside a virtual machine, or sandbox. So for example, you are on windows 10 and you can run windows xp inside another window, and then install games inside this virtual machine. It's clunky, but doable.
Toad flamebomb (2 years ago)
i dont know what the hell that is i searched it up something about a emulated software? regardless thanks for the response now to figure this shit out lol..
Project Phoenix Media (2 years ago)
Get virtual machine and play it that way.
Khalil Manoun (2 years ago)
Hi. Thank you very much. The lecture was easy and direct. How about a way to exit directly from the game without going back to dosbox?
Project Phoenix Media (2 years ago)
ALT F4?
Matthew Stockin (2 years ago)
Hi, im having a problem with a thing called *stack fault* could you give me any advise how to make it read it? Also if anyone has got any useful information send it to my email address matthew.stockin@hotmail.co.uk Btw this is trying to run harpoon 2 from disc, such a shame because my dad really likes the game :)
Project Phoenix Media (2 years ago)
+Matthew Stockin What if make an iso of the game, does it help when using dosbox to play?
Ed Tea (2 years ago)
mounted d and c drives fine. d: mounted setup file for duke3d. c: for game directory. at the step where you enter D: then SETUP, i get the message ILLEGAL COMMAND : SETUP...any ideas?
Project Phoenix Media (2 years ago)
+Ed Tea Is it because the mounted disc is not in the D drive maybe? Perhaps easier to just play the GOG version
BlackdevilL84 (3 years ago)
So only the games listed on that website work with dosbox? I have a game called Trackmania Original, and I tried to run in compatibility mode many times didn't work, etc. This was my last resort. Will dosbox work and play this game?
BlackdevilL84 (3 years ago)
ok
Project Phoenix Media (3 years ago)
+BlackdevilL84 Time to get windows 95 in a virtual machine and play it there.
BlackdevilL84 (3 years ago)
+Project Phoenix Media It can be played with Windows 95.
Project Phoenix Media (3 years ago)
+BlackdevilL84 It depends...is it a ms dos game, or is it a very old windows game like windows 95?
Ryan J Mitchell (4 years ago)
VERY useful video thank you for this upload.. I manage to follow your instructions up until 1:58 fine and correctly then on the DOSbox window the game (Theme Hospital) works but when attempting to install it simply says: Could not write files correctly, check your pathname is correct and check sandisk for errors. The disk is brand new (not a mark, scratch or scuff on it) and I have made a folder in my C (hard) drive saying hospital like it comes up automatically to install too. Is this a game fault or is there something I can do? This was one of my favourite childhood games I'd be thrilled to be able to play it once more. Thank you :)..
Ryan J Mitchell (3 years ago)
Helped aloy my friend thank you very much i can play the game good and well now with save capability :)
Project Phoenix Media (4 years ago)
+Ryan J Mitchell Could be a game issue, what if you install the game inside dosbox to the shortest path? Does that help?
Devon Taylor (4 years ago)
When I type setup into DOSbox, it says "this program requires Microsoft Windows" My computer has Windows 8?
QueenFiria (3 years ago)
I don't know HOW I did it, but I did it. The game play... no idea how. Couldn't replicate it if I tried. x_x
Project Phoenix Media (3 years ago)
Perhaps its time to run winxp32 or run it in a virtual machine.
QueenFiria (3 years ago)
+Project Phoenix Media I don't consider myself very technologically minded. Enough to get by, I suppose. I'm trying to install Lands of Lore 2, and to my knowledge everything is set up right. But when I attempt to run the exe, dosbox says "this program must be run under Win32. My machine is running WinXP 64bit Pro.
Project Phoenix Media (4 years ago)
+Devon Taylor This is weird, it should work fine. I wonder if you need to run dosbox as admin or maybe change compatibility mode to windows 7?
Johnathan Malloy (4 years ago)
Hey! Awesome tutorial, I got everything set up and running but when I click on single player it says the CD is not there.  Everything is as you have it, any tips for this?
Project Phoenix Media (4 years ago)
Just make sure your game in question has the CD mounted.
Mike Cantone (4 years ago)
I am desperate to do exactly what youre doing except on a mac...i am trying so hard to get Warcraft 2 running and it is beyond upsetting that I cant get it on here...please someone help me...
Mike Cantone (4 years ago)
i tried boxer...didnt work at all...
Project Phoenix Media (4 years ago)
Might be stuck. Try this? http://macenstein.com/default/2011/05/how-to-play-classic-dos-games-on-your-current-mac-warning-you-will-likely-be-eaten-by-a-grue/
Mike Cantone (4 years ago)
yea they did but its powerpc and I have lion...i tried parallels and it didnt work out for me...idk what to do
Project Phoenix Media (4 years ago)
Do you have an intel chip? If so, you can install windows or bootcamp and then emulate this old game there. Didn't Blizzard make a mac version of warcraft 2?
RisaKazura (4 years ago)
 I can't seem to get creatures to work... How do you find the executable for creatures (Not Albian years, it's the first one)?
Project Phoenix Media (4 years ago)
It's the same method as shown in this video. It's a dos game right?
Brooke Rogers (4 years ago)
I'm playing Lands Of Lore II and i have to change cd's throughout and when i try it doesn't register that I put in the new disk in dosbox. Answers??
Project Phoenix Media (4 years ago)
See the harvester video. Someone made a comment about how to mount the multiple isos correctly for that game, I suspect method is same here too.
Awfulmasterhat (4 years ago)
When I type setup it says This program cannot be run in DOS mode. Trying to run sim theme park and since nothing else on the internet has worked, thought dosbox would work.
Awfulmasterhat (4 years ago)
Alright ill try it
Project Phoenix Media (4 years ago)
Make sure the disc drive has a letter that is above your C, like letter D. Or mount the iso virtually.
Awfulmasterhat (4 years ago)
Alright... When I run my mini 95 computer and open up the disc drive its not in there? Got any ideas why?
Project Phoenix Media (4 years ago)
This means its an old game. Might need to emulate it inside virtual machine for windows 95 or windows 98 if the compatibility mode doesn't work.
Minigun101 (4 years ago)
What's the executable for daggerfall? I don't see/can't find a daggerfall.exe
Project Phoenix Media (4 years ago)
Great, that's all you need.
Minigun101 (4 years ago)
+MoNeYinPHX I followed bethesda's instructions on mounting and the game ran fine, so I guess I mounted it right. 
Project Phoenix Media (4 years ago)
Please make sure the cd is mounted correctly.
Minigun101 (4 years ago)
+MoNeYinPHX after I've done everything, it says it can't locate the daggerfall cd.
Project Phoenix Media (4 years ago)
+Minigun101 In my daggerfall video tutorial, see video description section. I got a blog article for daggerfall shortcuts.
I used this to install my duke nukem cdrom which turned out to have duke nukem 1 threw 3 on it.
LTDanno360 (5 years ago)
i got it working on my local intranet with 2 pc's thanks
Project Phoenix Media (5 years ago)
Ok, then it should work in dosbox then.
Project Phoenix Media (5 years ago)
For sake of time, go on google and type (how to play dosbox online).
LTDanno360 (5 years ago)
Make that Tutorial man i want to play old games online
Irfan Suljagic (5 years ago)
On the cover it says Run just under DOS 5.0 or higher.
Project Phoenix Media (5 years ago)
Is this a pure dosgame, or its like a windows 98 game? I'm not sure why your Hugo game wants to close the dosbox window though.
Irfan Suljagic (5 years ago)
hello, I'm trying to install Hugo 1. I install it and it says type Hugo and the game will start. I type Hugo and then the logo of ITE (company that made Hugo) appear and then just black screen and the message reboot requested, quitting now and DOSbox close. What to do?
Angie725 (5 years ago)
aw man. thanks for the advice though! :P
Project Phoenix Media (5 years ago)
You should really just rewatch this video over and over. I go over it with enough steps that anyone can do this, even girls have done this too. My skype is versatileninja, but due to timezones, maybe hard to meet up.
Project Phoenix Media (5 years ago)
That means its not dosbox. You got to run either in a virtual machine, or windows compatibility mode.
David Chaplin (5 years ago)
Hey, im pretty dumb when it comes to all the c drive commands, i was wondering if you had skype whats app kik some sort of social app where you would be able to run through it with me as i a am a derp and i really want to play all my old games :(
Project Phoenix Media (5 years ago)
It means you got to use a virtual machine (possibly) and install the game under windows 95, or windows 98. Did you try compatibility mode?
Angie725 (5 years ago)
it says to run this installation under windows 3.1 or higher. anything i can do here?
Project Phoenix Media (5 years ago)
That means you may need to run it in a virtual OS, like windows 98 maybe? How about windows 98 compatibility mode, does that work?
Leto85 (5 years ago)
I have dosbox 0.74 but can't find the config file. It's not under the Start menu. Where can I find it?
Ericka Vergara (5 years ago)
im trying to play Pandora's Box Microsoft Game
Ericka Vergara (5 years ago)
i put setup and i said this program cannot be run in Dos Mode. what does it mean?
Project Phoenix Media (5 years ago)
For whatever reason, it doesn't detect setup exe? See readme text file.
Chad Purser (5 years ago)
Thank you for posting this tutorial but I have a question! I followed every step up to 'setup' and when I pressed enter I got this response: 'Illegal Command: setup'. What does this mean?
Project Phoenix Media (5 years ago)
I may have to revisit this game (again) and review the shortcut procedure.
Michael M (5 years ago)
Thanks for replying, Dosbox just starts up normally and I checked the conf file and the properties of the shortcut. I even reinstalled DOSbox...
Project Phoenix Media (5 years ago)
The game doesn't start properly or what is the problem exactly?
Project Phoenix Media (5 years ago)
No, should be in your start menu shortcut, or go find it manually in dosbox program folder.
Project Phoenix Media (5 years ago)
Type "dir" and then find the .exe file you need to run.
ChammyChanga (5 years ago)
i am trying to get starwars tie fighter, and i don't know what the file for it (1:55) is called?
Anthony Pavlovic (5 years ago)
I cant find the DOSbox configuration file is there something i did wrong?
Michael M (5 years ago)
Everytime I do the shortcut part for Daggerfall it never works. I followed your post on your website and on this video and when I open the new DOSbox shortcut after doing everything it opens like normal. Please help me it's very frustrating.
Project Phoenix Media (5 years ago)
What game is it?
TL Sutcliffe (5 years ago)
When I type in install, DosBox says I need windows to run this program. I am using a windows 7 computer by the way, what am I doing wrong?
Project Phoenix Media (5 years ago)
Did you do as in 4:42?
HomeAloneMemoryLane (5 years ago)
I am having trouble getting my shortcut to work. Here is what I type into DosBOX to get the game to run, before setting up the shortcut: mount e e:/ -t cdrom mount c c:/dosgames c: 80days Now in my case, my question is, what do I put in the shortcut properties section. Because I followed your video step by step. I am new at trying to get the game to load directly from the shortcut. There are two file folders, first EAKIDS, then when clicked again, I see 80DAYS, which loads the game.
Project Phoenix Media (5 years ago)
Sure,make sure to submit a youtube tutorial request using our official request form. See our channel. In meantime, watch the daggerfall dosbox tutorial, I go over same thing but different game.
dirk diggler (5 years ago)
hey man can you do a tutorial for someone who isnt very dosbox savvy for the old dungeon keeper game i installed it fine but everytime i want to run it aftr i quit i have to reinstall and run it from scratch also i use daemon tools, it would be very helpful if you can do a tutorial for someone who has no idea about the different drives i just installed it in my c:\ >< yes i suck at it but damn it is confusing and i just want to be an evil dungeon overlord again haha
Project Phoenix Media (5 years ago)
Is that for video recording/encoding or for daily use? I got a funny monitor, its 1280x1024 max resolution.
SoulSnatching (5 years ago)
How do you fix aspect ratio at 4:3 with a 16:9 monitor in fullscreen mode?
Project Phoenix Media (5 years ago)
Nothing special, machine built summer of 2007. AMD FX2 3800+ running at 2.16GHZ, 6GB DDR2 800 RAM, 1TB hard drive, Nvidia 9800GT 512MB DDR3 RAM.
Project Phoenix Media (5 years ago)
I love dosbox. More dosbox tutorials coming. - Versatile

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