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DxWnd v2.05.16 Updated

billon on 3 May 2019
  • 12MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 3 May 2019
  • Suggested by Special

DxWnd lets you run many applications that default to fullscreen in a window, ideal for games. The program is a Win32 "hooker" program that intercepts and alters the behavior of window messages and APIs. It picks up events and injects code into the configured tasks to run fullscreen programs in a windowed environment while maintaining expected behavior.

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: GNU GPL
How to extract: Download the RAR package and extract (using a program like PeaExtractor) to a folder of your choice. Launch dxwnd.exe.
What's new? See: build/
Latest comments
Special on 2017-03-25 17:18

Who are you? Like if gho the main guy behind DxWnd move over to Github, only then I would consider it an "official" repo, but other wise it seems pretty unofficial to me when a random person sets one up.

What are some of your contributions to DxWnd? Why didn't gho set it up instead?

refack on 2017-04-22 14:53

@Special, I'm just helping gho with the "mechanics" of the mirror. He owns and approves the mirror.

Midas on 2017-07-04 10:04

Tip: no help files are included in recent builds, so it is advised you grab v2_04_10 from Sourceforge which has the most up to date files.

BTW, the GitHub repository mentioned above by refack is currently empty.

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MAME 0.209 Updated

billon on 24 Apr 2019
  • 70MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 24 Apr 2019
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) is a hardware emulator that enables you to play many ancient, long-lost mostly arcade games and even some newer ones.

System Requirements: Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: GNU GPLv2
How to extract: Download the self-extracting EXE and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch MameUI32.exe or MameUI64.exe.

Note: This is just the emulator. You need "ROMs" which are the actual games to play. You can find a few on MAME's homepage, but you'll need to search online for game ROMs. Put extracted "ROMs" in "ROMS" directory of MAME, start and play!
What's new? See:
Latest comments
a on 2011-02-01 02:16

latest version is 0.141

Wolfghost on 2011-02-01 18:10

>a Updated ;)

bitcoin on 2019-03-28 17:47

brings back good memories - Space Invaders, Donkey Kong, etc

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DOSBox v0.74-2 Updated

billon on 12 Mar 2019
  • 4MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 30 Aug 2018
  • Suggested by Rob Loach

DOSBox emulates an Intel x86 PC, complete with sound, graphics, mouse, modem etc. that are necessary for running many old DOS programs and games incompatible with any modern OS.

Alternatively, Portable DOSBox is also available.

System Requirements: WinAll
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No
Unicode support: No
License: GNU GPLv2
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract using 7-Zip to a folder of your choice
  2. Delete uninstall.exe
  3. Create an empty file called dosbox.conf
  4. Launch DOSBox.exe -conf dosbox.conf
What's new? See:
Latest comments
Smurflover on 2011-02-01 14:10

Frontend and easier config can be found here

a on 2011-02-01 19:54

Smurf, that looks sweet, if it is portable I suggest this be added to database. (possibly as a replacement?)

There's a note:
D-Fend Reloaded may be installed in a portable operation mode (for USB-Sticks etc.).

My eyes lit up when I read that.

SYSTEM on 2011-07-17 09:39

I have updated the extraction instructions. Chris Morgan had pointed out that DOSBox is not portable if launched without any command-line switches.

Thanks Chris. :)

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D-Fend Reloaded v1.4.4 Updated

lwc on 12 Mar 2019

The program provides an easy, graphical environment for DOSBox (which runs a wide variety of DOS-based games on and programs modern hardware), helping with the management of program details such as configuration and tweaking.

The program also includes helpful configuration files and pre-sets for a variety of popular DOS games.
DOSBox is included in the installation.

System Requirements: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: GPL
How to extract:
  1. Download and run the installer
  2. Select "Custom installation" and then "Portable mode" in the installer and extract to a folder of your choice
  3. Launch DFend.exe
Note: A installer is also available. On the Download page, look in the "Other packages" section under "Other installation packages."
What's new?
  • All path names in conf files stored in archive files are made relaltive.
Latest comments
smaragdus on 2014-04-02 22:37

Great tool! Using it now I can play my favourite DOS game BlockOut by California Dreams on my Widnows 8 system.

smaragdus on 2014-07-01 08:25

D-Fend Reloaded 1.4.0 is out.

Checker on 2014-07-01 14:41

@ smaragdus: Thanks ... and updated ;)

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GameBox v1.2

webfork on 12 Dec 2016
  • 4MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 26 Jun 2012
  • Suggested by pablorrr

GameBox is a tool to play and organize flash games without a web browser. Putting .SWF files into the "games" folder will make the program recognize them. Comes with 5 games.

Main site is offline. Linking to mirror.

System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: None
Dependencies: Adobe Flash Player
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the RAR package and extract (using a program like PeaExtractor) to a folder of your choice. Launch gamebox.exe.
Latest comments
smaragdus on 2015-02-14 00:59

The official web-site has a new address:

webfork on 2015-02-14 15:58

Thanks for the note, smaragdus

webfork on 2015-02-15 19:11

lol ... like a day later and I'm getting 404 messages. Sigh.

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