Windows 2003 and DOs Applications

Posted on 2005-02-24
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Hi Experts,

I have a mixed network of Windows 2003 server and 1 novell 4.11 server, which hosts some really old dos applications that we still use, one of which is a dataease application and the other is opera for dos.

I am having some real problems with the novell server and i wish to decommsion it altogether, has anyone ever ran dos apps on a 2003 server successfuly, i remember i tried to do this before but it was a disaster in terms on file locking and so, i wonder is 2003 any better for this.

Are there any registry tweaks i can apply to help the apps run smoothly.


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run it in comaptability mode

Running Legacy applications in Windows XP (& Server 2003)

How To's

HOW TO: Use Windows Program Compatibility Mode in Windows XP

Using Program Compatibility Mode

HOW TO: Use Compatibility Mode Technology in Windows Server 2003


Troubleshooting MS-DOS-based programs in Windows XP

How to troubleshoot program compatibility issues in Windows XP

"16 Bit MS-DOS Subsystem" Error Message When You Install a Program

Error Message When You Install or Start an MS-DOS or 16-Bit Windows Based Program

If all else fails try using a DOS emulator

DosBOX and VDMSound http://www.dosgames.com/essential.php
Bochs IA-32 Emulator Project http://bochs.sourceforge.net/
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