I ran a research business using ms dos before retiring. I have one desktop computer running still running exclusively dos (via Windows 98). It's getting old and fritzy. Question I'm considering going to Windows 8 in a new laptop. Is there anyway I can run DOS on it in order to access these old business files? Please advise. Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX XXX-XXX-XXXX
Jeremy, Thanks. XXXXX don't have the Windows 8 loaded computer yet, I might try the downloads on my current XP just to familiariaze myself with them. (Is "Dosbox" or "VirtualBox" preferred for loading into a Windows8 system?) Otherwise, as I move into this, what's the prefered way to contact you for further help? Most of the DOS experts seem to have died off!
PS: I'm into the "REPLY" box, if I hit the "Reply" button below, will I exit rhe system w/o giving you your "rating?" If so, how do I get your rating in? If I hit reply,and find can still rate you, I'll do so (and you can ignore this PS). John
Over the weekend, I tried to install VirtualBox on my old computer (but after 10-minutes, it stopped the download with "unable to proceed"). I then downloaded "DosBox" -- which seemed to be successful but....
1. I can't find any way to access it and
2. I picked up an "AVG Service Search" which I don't want and have tried every thing I can think of to get it off my browser -- so far without success.
So far, I'm stymied as to what to do with the advice....
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I thought I'd sent you an answer to your response earlier today. But, after I'd sent it, I was asked to agree to another payment (which I didn't agree to). In reviewing our correspondence, I now see a this "Reply" area after your last reponse. So, here's about what I'd sent earlier regarding your last advice:
1 -- I was able to access DOSBOX OK (but since I don't have a DOS file on my disk yet, I'll just be looking through the DOSBOX information to familiarize myself with it..
2-- I ran through the Programs' Tab Manager Addons and disabled the AVG files. However, the AVG search comes up as soon as I sign in on any browser -- Explorer, Google, AOL. I did a computer file search on AVG and came up with almost 50 files dated 9/21/13 (and font files dated 9/1/1989). Should I delete these files? (I still don't know if it was the DosBox or VirtualBox that it piggied-back on; the VirtualBox download stopped itself, but the DosBox download was successful -- Should I be looking for AVG fin it? (Who is AVG; can I complain or do anything to them? They act like really do the hell out of the system; and intentionally make it difficult to get rid of them -- just like a virus.....
Last nite, I went into the "remove" program list and removed the ATV program. AVG is off of the browsers now. But, there's still 50 AVG files on the disk -- I'd like to get rid of them. OK?
Regarding DOSBOX. I've looked over everything listed in the directory (except I haven't been able to get find README file to open it). I'll be getting a new computer (an ASUS S500) and BestBuy has assured me that they'll be able to include a functioning DOS directory (included my DOS Word and Plan files when they set up the new computer.
I found the "JustAnswer" approach a bit clumsy.... Each message actually raises new questions which -- while simple -- cause a stutter step reaction on my part. My sophistication has slipped badly, making me continually question my own actions. A direct (phone or even an active messaging) would have been more helpful for me. For future references, are such methods available thru JustAnswer?
Thanks for your help, if there's any additional advice you have on either the unexpected AVG problem (an unfortunate distraction) or the DOS plans for the new computer, please send them on..... Thanks!