FreeDOS 1.2 - CD

FreeDOS is a DOS-compatible operating system that you can use to play classic DOS games, run legacy business software, or develop embedded systems. Any program that works on MS-DOS should also run on FreeDOS.
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FreeDOS is a DOS-compatible operating system that you can use to play classic DOS games, run legacy business software, or develop embedded systems. Any program that works on MS-DOS should also run on FreeDOS.

What programs can I run in FreeDOS?

FreeDOS is a complete, free, DOS-compatible operating system. While we provide some utilities, you should be able to run any program intended for MS-DOS. Pretty much any program that works on MS-DOS will work on FreeDOS. You can also use FreeDOS on a network! However, you may experience problems running Windows on FreeDOS. For example, Windows standard-mode works on FreeDOS, but ‘386-mode Windows for Workgroups 3.11 does not.

We find most people use FreeDOS to do these things:

1. Play classic DOS games. You can play your favorite DOS games on FreeDOS. And there are a lot of great classic games to play: Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Commander Keen, Rise of the Triad, Jill of the Jungle, Duke Nukem, and many others!

2. Run legacy software. Need to recover data from an old business program? Or maybe you need to run a report from your old finance system? Just install your legacy software under FreeDOS, and you’ll be good to go!

3. Develop embedded systems. Many embedded systems run on DOS, although modern systems may instead run on Linux. If you support an older embedded system, you might be running DOS. And FreeDOS can fit in very well.

Many people also use FreeDOS to install firmware updates on their computers.

What makes FreeDOS better?

FreeDOS includes many modern features not found in MS-DOS, or features that are significantly improved from MS-DOS. These features include:

  • Multi-boot with Windows, including Windows 95 - Windows 2003, Windows NT, Windows XP, and Windows ME
  • FreeCOM command line shell
  • 7ZIP and InfoZip ZIP/UNZIP file archive programs
  • ARACHNE graphical web browser and email client
  • CD-ROM support with XCDROM and SHSUCDX (similar to MSCDEX)
  • CUTEMOUSE mouse driver with scroll wheel support
  • EDIT and SETEDIT multi-window text editors
  • FAT32 file system support
  • FDAPM power management: APM info/control/suspend/poweroff, ACPI throttle, HLT energy saving
  • FDAV anti-virus and virus scanner
  • FDNPKG package manager, with network support
  • GRAPHICS prints to ESC/P, HP PCL and PostScript printers
  • HTMLHELP help viewer
  • JEMM386 (XMS, EMS) memory manager
  • 32-bit protected mode drivers as JLMs (JEMM Loadable Modules)
  • LBACACHE disk cache
  • LBA large disk support
  • LFN support via DOSLFN driver
  • MPXPLAY media player: mp3, ogg, wmv with built-in AC97 and SB16 drivers
  • PG text viewer (similar to LIST)
  • Several utilities ported from Linux thanks to DJGPP
  • UDMA drivers for hard disks and DVD drives: XDMA & XDVD

What do I need to run FreeDOS?

FreeDOS should run on any standard PC, although for better performance you may want an Intel ‘386 or better processor, 2MB or more memory, and 40MB disk space. If you are new to DOS, we recommend you use a PC emulator such as VirtualBox to install and boot FreeDOS. You can find PC emulators for all computer platforms (Windows, Linux, Mac.) You can even run FreeDOS using a PC emulator written in Java, right in your web browser!

FreeDOS should run on all PC hardware. However, you may experience Hardware compatibility problems on really old computers.

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Media TypeCD
VersionDesktop
Disk TypeInstall Disk
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