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How to copy a DOS program from an old Computer to a Windows PC


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#1 adrianboston357

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 03:50 PM

Hello all,

 

I am tasked with taking a DOS program on an old Compaq computer and transferring it to a Windows 7 PC. The Compaq computer only has a 8 inch floppy disk drive and a 3.5 floppy drive. What I want to do is use an 3.5 floppy and copy the program to the disk. The program is a installer that we use here. It is so old that the people that developed it and kept all the information on it are long gone. I know there is a way to do it through DOS but I am severly rusty with DOS. Can someone help me out with this? If so, please write it out in "Dum Dum terms", line by line please. Thanks in advance.



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 04:22 PM

Hello, and Welcome

 

First, If you are running Windows 7 64bit you will not be able to run the MS-Dos program natively. You would need to run the program in a virtual Machine. Windows 7 32bit would probably be able to run it. Link

 

You would need a USB floppy drive to transfer the program over to the Windows 7 machine. If the program is more than 1.4MB, you will need to split the file first. What is the OS on the Compaq? DOS or does it have Windows 3/3.1



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Posted 10 June 2014 - 08:41 PM

Hi JohnC, I will be running Windows 7 but not 64bit. I will have to take another look tomorrow to see if it is DOS or Windows. I am guessing DOS but I will have to look again to make sure. Thanks for the info so far. I should have an answer for you by tomorrow. At this point I am not too concerned with running the DOS program. If I can get it to a PC and see the program for what it is doing then I should be able to duplicate it in C++, Java, or even Labview if I'm lucky. First things first, I have to get the mystery program of the old computer.



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Posted 11 June 2014 - 08:12 AM

Hey JohnC or anyone else,

 

It is a Compaq ProLinea 3/25s. This is what I have on it by doing a search.

 

System Specs for Compaq ProLinea 3/25s
Type of System:    Desktops/Servers
Bus Architecture:    ISA
Native OS:    DOS
CPU Type:    25MHz Intel i386SX
System Memory
Standard Memory:     2 or 4 MB (removable)
Maximum Memory:    16 MB
Memory Expansion:    4 sockets (2 banks of 2)
 

What is my next move?



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Posted 11 June 2014 - 08:23 AM

Should I try:

 

copy /b c:\folder\file.exe a:\



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Posted 11 June 2014 - 09:12 AM

I have never used the B switch for copying over Binary Files but it couldn't hurt. If you are copying over a single file that command should work,



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Posted 11 June 2014 - 09:20 AM

I'd get a HDD/SSD USB 3.0 to SATA & IDE Adapter and just do it in Windows.



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Posted 11 June 2014 - 10:14 AM

Thanks for all the advice. I think I have my route of taking care of this now.






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