DOSBox, play old games

How to play old games on Windows 10 with DOSBox

PC retrogaming how-to for 64-bit Windows – and Linux!

We all love old games. Here is how to play old games on Windows 10 or Linux using DOSBox. Classic games that are worth your time, all for the fun!

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How to play old games like The Blues Brothers

We love the old games. It’s a nostalgia thing from when we played those really old games on our 286 (or older, like an MSX) computer, either using floppy disks or cassettes/cartridges. There is nothing much sysadmin about this, it’s all about FUN! You all remember Airborne Ranger, Operation Wolf, Blues Brothers, Gunboat and The Lost Vikings, right?…

Let’s play those old games again! :-)

Recently I discovered My Abandonware is a website hosting thousands of old video games from 1980 to 2010. I found computers games I played years, years and years, ago…

However, old games on a modern computer can be a “bit” of a problem. Some of you might remember running Airborne Ranger on a 486 or Pentium computer, and the game played waaay too fast… Not to mention 16 bit back then, versus 64 bit Windows or Linux nowadays.

And that’s were DOSBox comes in. DOSBox is an open source DOS emulator for BeOS, Linux, Mac OS X, OS/2, and Windows. Primarily focuses on running DOS Games.

Pst, are you Dutch and looking for this information in het Nederlands (in Dutch)? Op heb ik een post Oude spellen spelen op Windows 10.

All you need to run and play these old games on your modern day x64 Windows 10 computer is:

  • DOSBox
  • some old games, download from My Abandonware, or buy from
  • time (probably a day or two, let’s say the whole weekend, because it’s fun!)

I’m not providing a full installation guide here, it’s too straightforward for that. Install and run DOSBox is all you have to do, along with setting up a proper directory structure in your C: root of course. I chose c:\oldgames\.

One thing I’d like to mention is: DOSBox 0.74 gave me some headaches at first. It just sat there without producing any screen output. I changed the shortcut properties to run it under Windows XP Service Pack 3 Compatibility mode.


Want a full screen DOSBox? Just press ALT+ENTER.

Play the Blues Brothers with DOSBox on Windows 10 x64

or any other old computer game! As an example, here is how to play the game Blues Brothers on Windows 10.

Here are the screenshots of running Blues Brothers:


Mount your old games directory: mount c c:\oldgames


Enter the mounted oldgames directory (c:) and list its contents: dir

Enter the Blues Brothers directory and list its contents: cd blues, list all executable files: dir *.exe (run 1.exe to start the game).

DOSBox, play old games
How to play old games like The Blues Brothers

Tell me, what is your top 5 old games to play? Settlers 5 – Herritage of Kings is one of them for me, as is Command & Conquer.

Play Command & Conquer on Linux with DOSBox

Here is how to play Command & Conquer on Ubuntu 16.4 LTS, or any other Linux flavor. First you need to install DOSBox:

apt-get install dosbox
Code language: Bash (bash)

Hereinafter, you obviously need the CD-ROM. No worries, you download these from The Internet Archive for free! Here you find the original Command & Conquer by Virgin ISO’s: (unfortunately no longer available).

Create a folder for your games, for instance:

mkdir -p ~/dos/c
Code language: Bash (bash)

I have my game ISO’s somewhere else:

mkdir -p ~/iso/games
Code language: Bash (bash)

Start DOSBox Emulator, mount your games folder as c:

mount c /home/jan/dos/c
Code language: Bash (bash)

Mount your downloaded C&C ISO (either one):

imgmount d /home/jan/iso/games/cenc1.iso -t iso
Code language: Bash (bash)

Run the C&C installer:

d: setup.exe
Code language: Bash (bash)

Change dir to where you’ve installed Command & Conquer, and start the game:

c: cd c&c c&c.exe
Code language: Bash (bash)

Play DOSBox in full screen
To play in full screen mode in DOSBox you have to press ctrl + F10 (lock mouse to DOSBox) and then alt + Enter.

Please note: DOSBox developers spend a lot of time creating this x86 emulator. For free. If you play old games using this emulator, be so kind to make a small donation to them.

Javascript DOSBox implementation

The Internet Archive put 2386 MS-DOS games online, which you can play… in your browser! Yes, that’s right, they’ve created a javascript implementation of DOSBox, to let you play old games in your browser. Cool he! Classics like Doom, Budokan, Prince of Persia, Lemmings, Wolfenstein and Leisure Suit Larry are in the archive available.

In total, over 2300 games are in the MS-DOS archive. Go check it out!

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