- How do I download a game?
- How do I extract the downloaded ZIP file?
- How do I get the game to run after extracting?
How do I download a game?
To download a DOS game from this website, follow the steps below.
- Click on one of the titles on the games page. You can also search by category, file type, year of creation, et cetera. You can also use the site's search engine.
- A page with information about the particular game will show up. Click on the file download game link at the bottom of the page.
- A new page will appear that gives you the possibility to download the game. With most browsers, you'll see a pop up window asking you if you want to 'Open' or 'Save' the file. Choose 'Save'. If the popup window doesn't show up automatically, click on the 'Direct download' link and choose 'Save'.
- Your browser should then ask you which folder you want to save the file in. It's a good idea to create a special folder (called 'downloads' or 'dosgames' for example) where you save the downloaded files. Then you will always know where your ZIP files or DOS games are. Choose a folder and click on 'OK'. When this window appears, you should also make a note of the name of the ZIP file; you will need to know that to find it later.
- Your browser will then begin downloading the file. How long this takes depends on the size of the file, the speed of your connection and the level of traffic on the webserver and the internet.
- When the download is completed, you can close your browser.
How do I extract the downloaded ZIP file?
When you have downloaded a game from DOS Games Archive, you get a file with the ZIP extension on your computer. Before you can run the game, you need to extract the game (in other words 'unzip') in order to get access to the game files. Follow the steps below to do that.
- Go to the folder where you saved the file.
- To extract a ZIP file, you need an unzipping program. There are many unzip programs available; you can use WinZip for example.
- Use the unzipping program to extract the files to a folder on your hard disk. After that, close the unzipping program and go to the folder where the files are placed.
- Most games are equipped with an installation program or setup utility to install or configure the game. Look for setup.exe, install.exe or another executable file (EXE, COM or BAT) and start it by double-clicking on it. This step is different with each game. Be sure to read the answer to the question below as well.
How do I get the game to run after extracting?
Do you use Windows or Mac OS? Then it's a good idea to download DOSBox.
This emulator can be downloaded from www.dosbox.com. With the help of DOSBox you can 're-live' the good old days. The application can run plenty of the old games that don't run on your new computer without DOSBox. The software is totally free of charge and open source.
Please follow the DOSBox tutorial for more information. Good luck and have fun!
Other DOSBox tutorials
In case you need more help, you can consult the DOSBox tutorials from the list below: