I am looking at replacing a Windows 98 PC, for a specialised application, but I don't want to buy ageing hardware.
Is it possible to run something like a VMWare emulation to do this on say a Windows 7 machine? And if so, specifically what products could do it?
The application is running as a real-mode DOS application and requires the following hardware to work as if it is natively available:
COM1 serial port for communications
Parallel port for software protection key, along the lines of the old Rainbow Sentinel products.
EGA display is expected for the drivers.
If you are interested, the product is Simatic APT v1.8 for programming various PLCs.