How to Run GW-BASIC and Other 16 bit Programs in Microsoft Windows 7, 8 or 10

If you want to use GW-BASIC for educational purpose, and you have upgrade PC or Microsoft Windows 7, 8 and 10, then you cannot use this program DOSBoxbecause it is not compatible for windows 7, 8 or 10.  In GW-BASIC if you want to use screen 2 command then your system will give you error, that this system does not support full screen mode.

Solution of this Error:

DOSBox (2)

There are two best methods for using GWBasic program in Microsoft Windows 7, 8 and 10.
1- Install windows 2000 or xp, using VMware Workstation in your operating system.
2- Install DOSBox free utility in your windows 7, 8 or 10, It will run 16 bit programs and run directly GW-BASIC on your PC.

Method one is difficult, because its waste your precious time and you want registered version of VMware Workstation, and Windows 2000 or Windows xp CD. So I recommended you to use DOSBox free application and solve your problem.

DOSBox Installing Instructions:

1- First Download
2- Put GWBasic application directly on your D:\ drive


3- Download and run DOSBox setup
4- Run DOSBox program from desktop shortcut
5- Type Mount d d:\ and press enter and then type d:\gwbasic and run the GWBasic
Follow the below pictures to run GWBasic 16 bit programs without any error.



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98 Responses

  1. Hafiz Muhammad Farooq says:

    Great Work Sir.

  2. Muhammad Mehdi says:

    We can also run gw-basic by dragging it into the dosbox.
    BTW,Very Helpful.

  3. Sohaib says:

    thanks sir…. very helful

  4. WALEED says:

    thank you very very much

  5. ishaq says:

    its not working please tell me how can i open it :(

  6. muhammad sohail khan tareen says:

    it really worked. thanks alot.

  7. adnan says:

    Dear Sir,

    I use Gwbasic program through dosbox in window 8.

    But function such F1, F2 …….. are not use in proper way. so please tell me how we use it.

    Best Regards,
    Adnan Karim
    Cell# 03444918878

  8. Great Muhammad Farooq Sahib;
    Good Work Sir…!!!
    Appreciate your efforts……………….:) :p

  9. Wafa Khalid says:

    Thank You so much Sir.I was typing the statement wrong now all is done.This method has helped me so much.I am very Thankful to you :)

  10. Omair Malik says:

    hello is there anyone online i want to ask a question regarding this? whenever I extract gwbasic in C drive it says that “cannot create gwbasic.exe”…please help me..Thank You

  11. Hi Omair,
    Put GWBasic application directly on your C: drive , follow post preview.

    • Omair Malik says:

      thank you i have done it…but now when I type “mount c c:\gwbasic” it says that “directory c:\gwbasic doesn’t exist”.. what to do?

  12. Omair Malik says:

    thank you i have done it…but now when I type “mount c c:\gwbasic” it says that “directory c:\gwbasic doesn’t exist”.. what to do?

  13. Faraz khan says:

    Thank you sIr!!
    You helped me alot today. As you know about practicles of 9 class during these days,so tommorow is my practicle and this time right know the whole goddamn credits goes to you sir,, MIND IT!! :P :D :)

  14. Muhammad Ejaz says:

    Thank you dear!
    This was so helpful for me. May you live long and Allah gave you success in your life.

  15. rahmeen says:

    sir it works but if i type auto and start working then we have to break it but it cant break.. what can i do?

  16. Asma says:

    My problem is that when I debug a program or make changes in it and execute it..compiler does not execute the debugged version of does not even save it..

  17. sabeeh says:

    great sir! ALLAH apko jazay e khair day

  18. bilal says:

    i have done the same but it give illegal command and does not run gwbasic

  19. bilal says:

    can u snd me the details in my mail

  20. ANSAR MEHMOOD says:

    thanks for guiding about gwbasic installation
    now it works better way

  21. Ali Masood says:

    I have done exactly what you have written, but it displays an error “Directory c:\gwbasic does not exist”..what should I do now??

  22. Syed Afaq Ahmad says:

    Slam sir
    ye proper kam ni kar raha. ak bar kia phr “Drive c does not exist ka msg a gya hai

  23. faiza ali says:

    can u plz tell me how can i download gw basic for windows 7 ?

  24. Davide says:

    Good, but DOSBox 0.74 doesn’t support GwBasic LPRINT commands. You can print from GWBasic by using the DOSBox MegaBuild 6 or SVN Daum version instead.

  25. Ahsan says:

    sir when i try to save my program or load and try to load my old programs its give error what should i do. plz help
    the error is FILE NOT FOUND

  26. Taha Mustafa says:

    What if u directly install GW-BASIC not using DOSbox ….???
    Does it make any difference because it can b run directlyy and through DOSbox it states that directory not found

  27. Talib Hussain says:

    DosBox is really very helpful to run GW_Basic at High Operating system like Win 7 , Win8 Win 10 and other like it . I’m thankful of the developer team and providers of it. I’m MCS from Comsats and InShaa Allah I’ll also develop programs in future and help others.

  28. khalida says:

    Respected sir!
    I installed dos box on windows 8.1 but when i mounted gw basic from drive c on it , it just blinks and disappear. Please tell me the solution

  29. fahad says:

    How to install GWBASIC on windows 10

  30. yamna zafar says:

    kindly show me that how to save my program in g.w basic ? plzz

  31. Mohammad Ebad Mallick says:

    Mohammad Farooq sahab 1 problem hai!
    at the time of work,when i am typing mount c c:\gwbasic on DosBox it gives an error and say that Directory c:\gwbasic doesn’t exist!
    what should i do??
    plz answer me as soon as possible!

  32. rayan says:

    salam sir in window 10 this process is not working only one error ocuur directory c gwbasic does nt exist

  33. saadtariq says:

    can i run gw basic in window 8

  34. Ali says:

    Sir!can i run gwbasic in windows 10 pc 64bit

  35. Syedd Abdullah Hassan says:

    My DOSBox does not starts.When I type It does not type and does not show the “Welcome to dosbox” screen.Please help me.My exams are near.

  36. SAIF says:

    dos box mena abhe install kia ha mja gw basic ni kholnay araha plz mja bta dain

  37. saif says:

    mene information ko follow kia ha mount c wala method sa lakin directory does not exist araha ha plz help me

  38. ismail says:

    Great work sir for your efforts for our pakistan.. Keep continue this..

  39. ismail says:

    This website is most helpful as compare to others or those i visit before.Visual pictures with articles are more helpul to meet my solution..

  40. Ahsan says:

    Thanks. It works!

  41. Muhammad Ahmed says:

    Thanks alot it works for me :-)

  42. Fahad says:

    Just awesome, that helped a lot, GWbasic is in my computer textbook so it was damn too much helpful, keep it up sir!

  43. Ch Shahbaz says:

    Nice post. I was checking constantly this weblog and I am
    impressed! Extremely helpful info specially the closing part

  44. Adil Ishtiaq says:

    Sir i appriciate your work. great

  45. hafiz talha says:

    this is very helpful.

  46. Moneeb Ahmed says:

    thanks farooq sahib.
    solved my problem.
    i works.

  47. kiani says:

    i need ur help i m using window server 2012 and its difficult to download gw basic can u help me in dis problm is gw basic compatiable to windows server 2012 m300 lab

  48. Zehrah says:

    this is very helpful.
    Thank u so much!
    BTW the manual is so lengthy and it is so confusing :D

  49. maham says:

    when i type d:\gwbasic
    it said illegal command gwbasic
    what should i do

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