While they bring back great memories for many people, playing MS-DOS games on a modern computer can be a bit of a challenge. Fortunately, there is a way to make things easier.
Launchbox is a front end to your entire game library that makes starting your MS-DOS games a lot easier.
Even so, the process of getting your DOS titles into Launchbox can be a bit daunting. Read on to find out how to import your favorite old school PC games into the software, no matter what format they're arranged in.
Importing pre-installed MS-DOS games into the launchbox
Depending on how you get your hands on DOS games, they come in different formats. When downloading games for free from abandonware websites, the most common way you use a preinstalled folder.
These folders usually don't require installation and contain everything you need to get the game running from the start. The easiest way to run preinstalled games is through Launchbox because you can select the correct folder.
Once you've downloaded your pre-installed game somewhere on your PC, launch Launchbox and follow the steps below.
Go to Tools> Import> MS-DOS Games.
click Next> Add Folder.
Select the folder that contains your games. If you are only trying to import a single track, choose the installation folder. Otherwise, choose the one that contains all of your games.
After selecting your folder, click Next again.
In the following screen, select one of the three options. The two most important options move your games to the Launchbox installation directory. The option below leaves them where they are.
Regardless of the folder selected, click Next four times to go to Ready to import Window.
On this screen you should see every game you want to import.
Launchbox accepts all filenames (see the Surname Column) from the folder in which the game files were found. Therefore, you may have to change them manually. If the names are wrong, change them.
Under Start fileyou can select an executable from the drop-down menu. You should click on the file that will start the game. Then click Finished.
If your game failed to start, please follow the steps below to resolve the issue.
Right click on your game.
Go to To edit.
Click on Start in the panel on the left.
Find the Search Button at the top of the window.
Please choose a different file and try again.
Install MS-DOS games in Launchbox
If you got your DOS game on a CD or as an installer, you'll need to go through the Launchbox MS-DOS installer. Below are the steps you need to take to do this.
Select on the main page of the program Tools> Install DOS game.
Enter the trade name of the game you are installing and click Next.
Select the bottom option to install a game instead of importing a pre-installed one.
On the next screen, select the location where your installation files are located.
Once you're ready, you'll need to choose a folder to install the game into. By default, the program tries to put the game in the Launchbox installation directory.
If you usually have a copy of Launchbox or move your game folders for you, you can leave this as is. Otherwise, select the folder where you normally keep your DOS games.
If you are installing from a disk image, Launchbox will ask if you want to automatically mount the image during the installation. You will also need to choose whether to copy the disk image to the installation directory.
Click to start the installation process Next. A DOSBox window will open and the game will go through the installation process with which it is compatible.
Launchbox will ask you to confirm that the installation was successful. Click on Yes. You will then be asked to choose how you want to start the game. To do this, click on Search.
Once you've made your selections, click Next and Finished.
Once you've installed the game, the metadata window will appear. click Search for metadata and select your game from the list that appears to automatically fill in the various metadata fields.
You can also go to images Menu on the left to download your game graphics. Choose OK when you're done.
Mounting multi-disc games in Launchbox
If there are multiple discs in one of your games, they may need to be set up before you can use them.
During the import process, Launchbox set up the first CD of your game and it will be mounted automatically. This means you won't have to mount the first disc, provided the import went smoothly.
You can incorporate the remaining discs with a few changes so that you don't have to swap them out while you play. The steps for doing this are below.
Right click on a game and select To edit.
By doing connections In the left area of the metadata window you will see your first disc, which is already inserted as drive D. click on Add disc image at the bottom.
Select the next disc and mount it as drive E.
Once you get to this point, you can use the steps below to complete the process.
Add each disc in turn, moving through the letters until you have inserted all of the discs.
click OK to finish assembling your discs.
Depending on the game, you may need to run the install or setup command and confirm which CD is in which drive before it works.
You should check the manual for your game to see how to run the setup or installer as each game uses different commands.
MS-DOS imports completed
So there you have it. Now you know how to run MS-DOS games in Launchbox. Even if your games span multiple hard drives, you shouldn't have any more problems using them.
Importing your files into Launchbox is pretty straightforward. Even if you make a mistake, you have the option to correct it later.
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A games, cybersecurity, and technology writer who has built computers and tinkered with software since he was a teenager. William has been a professional freelance writer since 2016 and has a history of involvement on prestigious websites including TechRaptor.net and Hacked.com
By William Worrall
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