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How to install MS-DOS in VirtualBox

How To Install MS-DOS In VirtualBox: Why Do This?

For many years, MS-DOS was the most popular operating system. This guide explains how to install MS-DOS in VirtualBox in a matter of minutes.

Until version 3.1 of Windows, MS-DOS was the operating system used when starting the computer, and it is still a requirement for installing several versions of Windows, including Windows 95.

For this reason, as well as for fun, it is sometimes necessary to install MS-DOS in a virtual machine. So let’s see how to install MS-DOS in VirtualBox.

How to Install MS-DOS: Prerequisites

For convenience, we will use MS-DOS version 5 in this guide.

This version is available on the WinWorld website.

How to install MS-DOS: Creating the virtual machine

We proceed to create the virtual machine, specifying MS-DOS as the operating system. At this point, we can use the virtual machine specifications suggested by VirtualBox.

Install the operating system

We selected the MS-DOS 5 disk as a virtual floppy disk. Once the machine has booted, we will see the following boot screen:

MS-DOS 5 Boot, an explanation of how to install MS-DOS in VirtualBox
MS-DOS 5 Boot

We press “Enter” on the keyboard to continue.

MS-DOS Installer Setup Screen
MS-DOS Installer Setup Screen

Let’s confirm, or modify, if necessary, the settings and continue by pressing “Enter” again.

Choosing the MS-DOS installation folder
Choosing the MS-DOS installation folder

Let’s confirm the MS-DOS installation folder by pressing “Enter” again.

Choice of space to allocate - MS-DOS
Choice of space to allocate – MS-DOS

We will be asked whether to use all the disk space for MS-DOS. Again, we press “Enter”.

Disk Format Screen - MS-DOS
Disk Format Screen – MS-DOS

While formatting the hard disk, you will be asked to insert, one at a time, the other virtual floppy disks.

Screen for inserting a floppy disk - MS-DOS
Screen for inserting a floppy disk – MS-DOS

We insert the required disk and press “Enter”. We repeat the operation as often as required.

Full Setup - MS-DOS
Full Setup – MS-DOS

Setup is now complete. We remove the virtual floppy and press “Enter” one last time.

How to install MS-DOS: MS-DOS shell
MS-DOS Shell

We select the “COMMAND.COM” file and press enter, using the SHIFT key to move between the options.

MS-DOS home screen
MS-DOS home screen

We have seen how to install MS-DOS in VirtualBox in just a few minutes. We can now safely use our historical operating system.

Do you want to proceed with the installation of Windows 95? Follow this guide!

At this point, all that remains is to wish you a lot of fun 🙂