If I understand you correctly, you prefer to leave the laptop
installed with Windows Vista, and boot FreeDOS just to run the
engineering program.  Sounds like a virtual machine would be the
solution here.

You should be able to boot a copy of FreeDOS using Microsoft Virtual
PC, and run your program from there.

The steps to install FreeDOS in a virtual machine will be the same as
installing FreeDOS on a standalone PC.  Check the install HOWTO:


> 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 to 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 easy 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 I 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
> see that 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.
> http://probelt.com/download.htm
> A few major step by step guidelines would be greatly appreciated.
> Kent

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