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Will My DOS Accounting System Run under Windows 10?

October 18, 2017

Here is the definitive answer to that question: It depends.

 

For one thing, you need to determine whether you PC is running a 32 or 64 bit version of the Windows operating system. Fortunately, that's easy to tell: 

Go to the Windows Explorer, look for "This PC" and right-click and select Properties. The first tab will tell you whether the processor is a 32 or 64 bit processor.

If it's 32 bit, then you're good to go. You can open a DOS command shell and copy the program into it, which you can do my entering the command Cmd in the run area.

According to PC World, the first time you run it a Windows message will pop up telling you need to run a program called NTVDM. Select "Install this feature."

If it is a 64 bit processor, then the answer is a qualified no. Your DOS application was written before there were 64 bit processors and your program will not know what to expect and will not be able to run on it.

Having said that, there are a few workarounds that can still perhaps get your program running.

There is a DOS simulation program, such as VDOS or DosBox that will create a virtual C: drive that will start allow you to run your DOS program even on a 64-bit PC. You can purchase a program called VDOS that is a virtual DOS simulation program that should allow the program to run.  

But the obvious question is: Why are you still running a DOS application these days? You are missing out on a world of enhancements that have come out since then, as well as the ability to print to any of your Windows printers.

You can get in touch with us or your current solution provider and ask for a tour of some of the newer Accounting applications programs and see what they have to offer.

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