You might have come across the term DOS box across the internet if you are a regular internet user. Have you ever wondered what a DOS box is and what are its advantages? In this article, I am going to give a little introduction about it.
What is DOS box?
DOS box (called an emulator) is just a software which is use to emulate (imitate) the function of the primary computer (the one which you are using). This is in turn used to run many games and applications on it thus running the application indirectly on the system.
Why is DOS box used?
DOS box is usually used to run any game or application that cannot be run either on the system directly or for some other reasons. The former is due to the incompatibility of the application or game to be run on the system due to change in versions of the computer OS or graphics card problem.
The other reason may be due to the inability to take screen shots or to take videos while playing the game. If one plays a game or does some program inside the DOS box, he can actually minimize the size of the window and can take photos or videos.
There are also other such reasons for which DOS box is used.
How does DOS box work?
The function of DOS box is simple. The system runs DOS box and the DOS box runs the application. Whenever you try to run a game which is incompatible to the system, you must first download the latest version of DOS box that can be run on the system. A DOS box can run almost any application or game even if it is very old. Hence, you can then mount and then continue to play it in your system (actually using DOS box).Where to download DOS box and how to install it?
To download DOS box, go to www.dosbox.com
. There, you can find what the latest version of DOS box is and you can download it into your system. Then, just follow the installation guide that is given in that website to install it. It's actually an easy process to install DOS box.
Starting to play game using DOS box is very easy. To see an example, just read this article Play Dave in Windows 7 and other old DOS games
in which Dangerous Dave (old PC game) is played in Windows 7 using DOS box even though it is not compatible to be run on windows 7. Advantages of using DOS box:
Main Disadvantage of DOS box:
- Almost any game that is incompatible to the current version of the OS that you use or the processor can be run on the system indirectly through the DOS box.
- If you want to take the screenshot or the video of any application or game (mainly used for demonstration purposes), you can do it using using DOS box.
- The display area of the game played can be minimized or maximized as you wish if the game is played in DOS box.
However, the main disadvantage of using an emulator like DOS box is that, since two applications (actual game or application and DOS box) are being run at the same time, the clarity and in turn the speed or efficiency of the game is reduced a little bit.
Any way, the use of DOS box is not reduced but is increasing since it is the only way to run various games or applications that are very old.
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