Opening a dos file

Nov 30, 2018 5:15PM PST

I downloaded a free sewing pattern. File type: MS-DOS Application (.com) and when I tried to open it a pop up told me "This app can't run on on your PC. To find a version for your PC, check with the software publisher"
I'm not PC savvy, have looked at opening a dos file but have no idea how to go ahead.
I'd appreciate if anyone out there can help me?
Thx in advance.

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Where can I get this file/app?
Nov 30, 2018 5:41PM PST

I can't try it for you but many use DOSBOX when an 16 bit command line item is required. Here my old DOS .com files still run.

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Dec 1, 2018 3:36AM PST

Use VMWare or some other virtualization software.

Create a vhd or vdi to install the DOS into. You may also need to create a fake floppy drive in the virtual drive software, where you'd place ALL the DOS files.

Here's the latest and last IBM DOS software.

Since it's an ISO file, if you are lucky, it will allow you to open the file as a virtual CD drive, and thereby avoid the need of a fake floppy drive.

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Most recent DOS version probably
Dec 1, 2018 3:49AM PST
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better site
Dec 1, 2018 4:06AM PST

the most commonly used is the 6.22 version. I'd go for that 5 MB with the Enhanced Tools.

However, I'd first try that DOSBOX which Robert suggested. It would be easier to use if it will run the program.

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