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#1 Prashant Patel

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Posted 11 April 2009 - 11:53 AM

Can anybody tell hoe to run DOS based programs from XP. What chages to be done in the system to run DOS programs & printout to be taken.

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Posted 11 April 2009 - 12:12 PM

Most DOS programs run just fine with DOSbox. Here you can download the latest version for Windows (x86, not 64 bits).

Personally I recommend making a folder on your C-drive, named DOS in which you put all your DOS-programs. Dosbox lets you mount a folder which it treats after that like C-drive. If you would like some instructions on how to get started or how to configure it to your liking, post back.,

Note, using this program you dont have to make any change to your XP. This program emulates a DOS-environment.

Edited by elise025, 11 April 2009 - 12:13 PM.

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 06:35 AM

As you said I downloaded the DOSbox and started it, with Mounting C:\Dos on it. I Tried to run a dos program but it triggred an error saying "Insufficient DOS files." and exited. Can you explain what problem I was encountred?

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 07:41 AM

Well, you have to be a bit more specific, what DOS-program did you want to run in the first place?

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 08:32 AM

I want to run Tally 4.5 program. It's an accounting software.

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 09:15 AM

I googled a bit and discovered that many users of Tally 4.5 have this problem. I will look further in it this evening.

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 11:10 AM

I cannot find any useful information. But maybe we can try something else. Do you know if this program ran under Windows 95/98? Then we can try to run it in compatibility mode for that OS.
  • Right-click on the Tally-executable-file and select properties.
  • Click the Compatibility-tab.
  • Check Run this program in compatibility-mode for...
  • Select Windows 95
  • Check Run in 640 x 480 screen resolution.
  • Click Apply and OK.
  • Try to restart the program. If it seems to start, changes something to the display and crashes, please post back as detailed as possible. It may be necessary to make a batch-file to try to start the program.

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 06:11 PM

Just to let you know it's been my experience that many accountants and bookkeepers continue to use DOS programs that don't work in Windows despite the fact that DOS is obsolete for most other apps. Our bookkeeper here at the co-op uses a DOS program. So they have to keep DOS and flip back and forth between Windows & DOS. This is not unusual. There are a couple of reasons for this but my understanding is that Accounting programs for Windows are very expensive and they prefer the DOS program anyway. I'm on the board of directors of the co-op and we have discussed switching to a Windows accounting program and it's just not cost effective to switch and the program we use doesn't work in Windows.

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Posted 15 April 2009 - 09:36 AM

Dear Sir it's true that windows based software are expensive regarding to DOS. But my actual problem is that I have some data in old format, whereas I'm using latest software of the same company. So to use that old version data, I have to use the old version software. Also company has stopped the support for all older version.

elise025: I have tried the following
Then we can try to run it in compatibility mode for that OS.
•Right-click on the Tally-executable-file and select properties.
•Click the Compatibility-tab.
•Check Run this program in compatibility-mode for...
•Select Windows 95
•Check Run in 640 x 480 screen resolution.
•Click Apply and OK.
But in vain. As far of Batch file I'll try it

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Posted 15 April 2009 - 09:59 AM

What error message did you get?
Or did you get just a black screen and then back to windows?

Are you aware there is conversion-software that converts data from Tally 4.5 to a newer version (link)?

One other possibility is to setup a VM with an environment (Dos, Windows 9x) that supports Tally 4.5. I have no experience with that, but maybe there are other members that can give you information about that.

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Posted 17 April 2009 - 09:38 AM

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Following is the error message:

TALLY Abnormal Completion.
Status : 3
Insufficient files provided by DOS.
Internal error. Contact Peutronics.
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I think we have to provide some extra DOS files to run it properly.

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Posted 17 April 2009 - 09:55 AM

Hi, I googled a bit and came across this link. It explains how to use a free software to run tally 4.5. I cannot assure you it will work, but it seems to be the only solution. You might want to give it a try.

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