I sell an expensive DOS based engineering program that runs great full
screen on Windows XP, 2000, Me and 98. The mouse works very well in my menu
system. I use the NET USE command in the batch file to launch the program for
setting up printing on networks, USB and wireless printers. A desktop shortcut
icon runs the batch file. However, it will not run full screen on my new HP
Model nx7400 Vista Business laptop. HP lists this model as FreeDOS compatible,
but I haven’t installed it yet pending some suggestions.
I would greatly appreciate some general guidelines to reduce the stumbling,
learning curve. I am not a programmer, so I will NOT be able to customize
FreeDOS. My customers are generally dumber than I am and are fairly resistant
running my DOS program now. So, having ANY changes to their Vista operating
system is clearly unacceptable. Having a bunch of special drivers would also
be a major customer complaint. Installation must be very easy. I now use the
Setup Specialist program for my customers to install the software and one
special driver to see the Aladdin hardlock key (security dongle). It is very
for novice to use. Making a new partition for FreeDOS and for my program
would be strongly resisted by my customers who may also run the risk of wiping
out the Vista OS.
I have heard of DosBox, but I understand it is not free. I could purchase
multiple copies for distribution with my software. The cost is no problem, but
prefer to make things simple, if possible. I haven’t tried it yet.
A Vista reboot to FreeDOS would also meet with a lot of resistance from my
customers. Hopefully, I could set up FreeDOS to make the Vista run my DOS
program like a XP to maintain all of the Vista security features.
My customers will be more accepting now since FreeDOS is being made
available from the factory on computer sold by HP and Dell. However, I don’t
these computer have both Vista and FreeDOS installed at the factory. Do they?
This is a link to my demo download page for anyone wishing to test my DOS
program on their systems.
A few major step by step guidelines would be greatly appreciated.
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