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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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DOS
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.

http://archive.compgeke.com/Operating%20Systems/DOS/IBM/IBM%20PC-DOS%202000%20-%20CD/

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
https://winworldpc.com/product/ms-dos/622

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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