Thank you Midas
for posting about Takeda-Toshiya's MS-DOS emulator for Win32-x64 platforms
Perfect opportunity for entertaining(boring?) everyone with a little tale : ....(warning: Blast_from_the_Past)
"How to run Vern Buerg's List.com antediluvian command-line file manager on a modern 64-bit machine"
Recently came upon a refurbished ThinkPad T420 running Win7 Pro and gave it a whirl at running one of my cherished treasures:
(*) file manager/viewer.
Of course, Win7 snorted and summarily dismissed my cheeky attempt to run an "Unsupported 16-bit application"...
DosBox emulator to the rescue?
Possible, buth rather unwieldy solution totaling about 5Mb of *.exe and multiple *.dll bundled in portable or installer packages.
Enter MS-DOS Player
, a much leaner, self contained 275kb MSDOS emulator
(The full package includes distinct *.exe for various processors (i86/i286/i386/i486)
Binaries, Sources and comprehensive documentation are bundled in a 2Mb zip archive)
As mentioned by Midas
, Binaries and source codes available here
http://homepage3.nifty.com/takeda-toshi ... /msdos.zip
Biblical usage simplicity:
Et voilà ! Vintage 16-bit *.com program (circa 2004) happily running under Win7 64-bit machine...
Emulator Developer's site:
The author also provides sources and make file to build binaries for additional processors besides the ix86 families (such as Pentium/PRO/MMX/2/3/4...)
His software is regularly updated; MS-DOS Player development started in NOV-2009; current *exe link dated 16-JUN-2016.
MSDOS-Player Documentation intro excerpt:
MSdos-emulator for Win32-x64 platforms
----- What's this
This is MS-DOS emulator running on Win32-x64 command prompt.
16bit MS-DOS compatible commands can be executed on Win32-x64 environment.
----- How to use
Start command prompt and run this emulator with target command file
and any options.
For example compile sample.c with LSI C-86 and execute compiled binary:
> msdos lcc sample.c
> msdos sample
The emulator can access a host's file path and environment variables directly.
(*) List.com footnote
An MS-DOS file browsing utility written by Vern Buerg in 1983. A former mainframe systems programmer, Buerg wrote DOS utilities when he began using an IBM PC
and missed the file-scanning ability he had on mainframes. The software became an instant success, and his List utility was in use on millions of PCs worldwide.
Sadly, Vern Buerg passed away on December 30, 2009.
Some testimony to Vern claim to fame:
His software work archive is preseved courtesy the WayBackMachine. For anyone interested in MSDOS utilities archeology:
http://web.archive.org/web/200707200013 ... wnload.htm