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If you try to run an old DOS game on Vista, you’ll probably get an error “This system does not support fullscreen mode.” Fortunately, this isn’t a dead end. Download a copy of DOSBox, the greatest MS-DOS emulator for any platform (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and more), and try running your game under DOSBox. Not only will you get support for old-school graphics like CGA and EGA, you can even run it in a window!

DOSBox on Vista
Sopwith on Vista

Brian Jepson

Brian Jepson

I’m a tinkerer and finally reached the point where I fix more things than I break. When I’m not tinkering, I’m probably editing a book for Maker Media.

  • Anonymous

    DOSBox would be alot nicer if I could make batch files to speed things up.

  • farrahrani

    i am running vista, and for some reason dosbox will not allow me to make a colon (:)
    I have tried using allcaps, using shift and different combinations, but I am unable to do it, which means i cannot access the drive the file is on. Is anyone else having this problem?

  • ltdistributors

    I have Vista and I can’t use the “” it comes up “]” for some odd reason. So I am unable to mount the drive… any ideas? The colon problem is fixed by usind the LEFT SHIFT KEY for some reason only the LEFT SHIFT seems to get the colon.

  • Steev

    i have the same exact problem

  • Ray

    I was having that problem with the ‘:’, but then I used the keymapper (Ctrl-F1) and I found that it was just in a different place…

    If I remember correctly, it’s in the middle row, the third key from the right after the ‘Enter’, where in my keyboard is the ‘ç’.

  • Dan

    I’m running a Vista, and it won’t let me change the .conf
    file, so I don’t know how to mount a drive.