Can I expect my MS-DOS programs to work under Windows 8?

Out of curiosity I just installed Windows 8, 64 bit on my laptop which had Windows 7. I like Win. 8 fine. It works great.  I don't understand what all the fuss is about. This is coming from a 75 year old chap.

QUESTION: I also have a couple of machines with Windows XP, 32 bit on which I run a MS-DOS database and text editor. Can I expect my MS-DOS program to run under Windows 8, 32 bit? 

Thank you..... Hugh
 

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Last updated June 17, 2019 Views 40,547 Applies to:
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Hugh,
From a "younger" chap (61 one down here):
Best of luck.
Carlos

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If it worked under Windows 2000, it will probably work under Windows XP, and might work under Windows 7. But Windows 8 threw all claims of compatibility out the window. DosBox is designed around the original MS-DOS, and doesn't address the Y2K problem, which is probably why the program won't work there. My suggestion would be to download and install VirtualBox from https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads, and then install Windows 2000 as a virtual machine, and then run your program there. VirtualBox doesn't support MS-DOS, and VirtualPC (the Microsoft product) doesn't work on Windows 8, so this is the only solution. You might try vdos, but I haven't had much luck with it.

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