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Useing Dos-based program in Win XP

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by Branigan, Jan 28, 2003.

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  1. Branigan

    Branigan Thread Starter

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    I am a novice who has a DOS-based recipe program ("Cook") that no longer is supported by the supplier (New Hampton Industries). How can I load it on my new computer that uses Windows XP?
     
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    Providing that it doesn't attempt to directly access hardware or protected areas of memory, you just copy it over and run it in a command prompt. I have lots of tools I still use that are DOS based. I do embedded systems programming, and many of the development tools are still DOS based for older processors, they work fine.
     
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    Thanks for your prompt response. As I stated, I am a novice and still don't understand. How do I know if it will directly access hardware or protected areas of memory? How do I copy it over and run it in a command prompt?
     
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    Well, copying it over depends on what capabilitity you have of copying files between the computers. I know nothing about the size of this program, so it's hard to recommend a method of getting it onto the new machine.

    Running from a command prompt is as simple as Start/Run/CMD, and you have a command prompt.

    As far as protected accesses or direct hardware access is concerned, the only to find out is to fire it up and see. XP won't let you hurt yourself, if the program bombs with an access violation, it's probably not compatible with W2K/XP.
     
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