You may remember MS-DOS and Windows 3.1 if you are 28 or older. These were the most important software and apps on a computer in that time. Most of us had memorable moments with these operating systems and applications. Actually, I started programming with QBasic and then moved to Visual Basic on Windows.
Today I decided to get back to that sweet moments and tried to install MS-DOS on Virtual Box.
The first thing I had to do was to find the MS-DOS OS and other files; so, I can install it on my virtual machine. As a result, I Googled and found https://winworldpc.com. This is an amazing site contains most of old and nostalgic operating systems, games, applications and developer tools. In addition to MS-DOS, I also downloaded and installed some other apps on the virtual machine which I’ve listed below:
- Windows 3.1: One of the first operating systems with graphical user interface by Microsoft.
- Borland C++ for MS-DOS: A powerful IDE (Actually in its own age) to develop, debug and compile C and C++ applications in DOS.
As a gift for this Christmas, I packaged all of the apps alongside MS-DOS OS into a single “.VHD Virtual Hard Drive” file which can be access via the following link:
Note: The zip file password is: ramezanpour.net
All you need to do is to download this package, unzip it and then import it in your Virtual Box. If you don’t know how to import a VHD file in Virtual Box, follow these instructions:
Open Virtual Box and click on “New” icon to create a new Virtual Machine.
The “Create Virtual Machine” window asks for three things. The first is a name which can be anything you want. The second is type which has to be set to “Other”. The third is version which must be DOS. By clicking “Next” you’ll be navigated to the second step which is memory allocation. Since MS-DOS is a very small OS, 32 MB of RAM is enough but you can select as much as you want (Don’t select too much memory because MS-DOS may not support it).
After the amount of RAM is defined, click next to navigate to the third section. This page will ask you to whether you want to create a new virtual hard drive or use an existing one. Select “Use an existing virtual hard drive file” then select the VHD file you’ve downloaded above.
You’re done. You can now start your MS-DOS 6.22 by double clicking on its icon in Virtual Box.
Enjoy and Happy Christmas!