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


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

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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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  1. Hafiz Muhammad Farooq

    September 19, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Great Work Sir.

  2. Muhammad Mehdi

    October 29, 2013 at 2:34 pm

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

  3. Sohaib

    November 3, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    thanks sir…. very helful


    November 15, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    thank you very very much

  5. ishaq

    January 9, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    its not working please tell me how can i open it 🙁

    • Muhammad Farooq

      January 10, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      It is very simple dear, Read carefully and follow all steps.

  6. muhammad sohail khan tareen

    January 25, 2014 at 11:09 am

    it really worked. thanks alot.

  7. adnan

    February 5, 2014 at 10:15 am

    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

    • Abram Matthew

      April 24, 2016 at 11:02 am

      Use the function keys(f1, f2.etc) with the Fn key on your keyboard.e.g, (F2+Fn) would run a program.

  8. Muhammad Ans Akhtar

    March 6, 2014 at 9:23 pm

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

  9. Wafa Khalid

    March 10, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    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

    March 11, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    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. Muhammad Farooq

    March 11, 2014 at 10:51 pm

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

    • Omair Malik

      March 11, 2014 at 11:53 pm

      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

    March 13, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    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

    May 5, 2014 at 1:03 am

    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!! 😛 😀 🙂

  14. Muhammad Ejaz

    May 5, 2014 at 6:54 pm

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

  15. rahmeen

    May 15, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    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

    August 22, 2014 at 11:58 am

    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..

    • Muhammad Farooq

      September 18, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      Thanks for asking me, please read carefully this article and try again.

  17. sabeeh

    December 1, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    great sir! ALLAH apko jazay e khair day

  18. bilal

    December 11, 2014 at 12:29 am

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

    • Muhammad Farooq

      December 12, 2014 at 5:49 am

      Try to solve again, because it is tested solution for windows 7 and 8.

  19. bilal

    December 13, 2014 at 12:12 am

    can u snd me the details in my mail


    January 12, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    thanks for guiding about gwbasic installation
    now it works better way

  21. Ali Masood

    January 23, 2015 at 8:32 pm

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

    • Muhammad Farooq

      January 27, 2015 at 7:55 pm

      @Ali Masood,
      You are doing some mistake, try again and again.

  22. Syed Afaq Ahmad

    February 10, 2015 at 9:36 pm

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

    • Muhammad Farooq

      February 15, 2015 at 9:56 am

      @Syed Afaq Ahmad,
      GW basic.exe ka paath change ker dain, D, E or any .

  23. faiza ali

    February 12, 2015 at 11:00 pm

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

    • Muhammad Farooq

      February 15, 2015 at 9:54 am

      Hi Faiza, follow the instructions from this article, capable for Windows 7 and 8

  24. Davide

    February 19, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    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

    April 21, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    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

    May 10, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    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

    • Muhammad Farooq

      May 10, 2015 at 10:04 pm

      @Taha Mustafa،
      Read and understand full post about this topic.

  27. Talib Hussain

    May 20, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    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

    May 29, 2015 at 9:46 am

    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

    • Muhammad Farooq

      May 31, 2015 at 7:09 pm

      It is complete solution, you can try again and again and find your mistake.

  29. fahad

    August 29, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    How to install GWBASIC on windows 10

    • Muhammad Farooq

      August 30, 2015 at 7:01 am

      Read carefully and follow all steps, works fine on windows 10.

      • fahad

        August 30, 2015 at 10:56 pm

        thanks sir
        after following all the steps carefully,it is working

  30. yamna zafar

    September 9, 2015 at 7:53 pm

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

  31. Mohammad Ebad Mallick

    October 19, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    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!

    • Muhammad Farooq

      October 20, 2015 at 1:20 am

      @Mohammad Ebad Mallick.
      Make sure GW basic exe file directly past in your C:drive.

  32. rayan

    October 20, 2015 at 3:54 pm

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

  33. saadtariq

    October 31, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    can i run gw basic in window 8

    • Muhammad Farooq

      October 31, 2015 at 10:02 pm


      Yes this method is supported Microsoft Windows 7, 8 and 10.

  34. Ali

    November 6, 2015 at 10:56 am

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

  35. Syedd Abdullah Hassan

    November 24, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    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

    February 3, 2016 at 11:10 am

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

    • Muhammad Farooq

      February 3, 2016 at 9:15 pm

      Follow the instructions carefully. if need do several time.

  37. saif

    February 4, 2016 at 10:39 am

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

  38. ismail

    March 29, 2016 at 10:59 am

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

  39. ismail

    March 29, 2016 at 11:05 am

    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

    April 25, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Thanks. It works!

  41. Muhammad Ahmed

    May 7, 2016 at 12:33 am

    Thanks alot it works for me 🙂

  42. Fahad

    May 8, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    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

    June 2, 2016 at 9:36 am

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

  44. Adil Ishtiaq

    August 15, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Sir i appriciate your work. great

  45. hafiz talha

    August 26, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    this is very helpful.

  46. Moneeb Ahmed

    September 2, 2016 at 1:41 am

    thanks farooq sahib.
    solved my problem.
    i works.

    • Muhammad Farooq

      September 2, 2016 at 5:41 am

      Welcome Moneeb Ahmed, keep visiting for more and more.

  47. kiani

    September 19, 2016 at 10:52 am

    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

    November 19, 2016 at 1:15 pm

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

  49. ranjhja

    May 4, 2017 at 3:53 pm


  50. maham

    May 7, 2017 at 5:32 pm

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

  51. Mahim Chaudhry

    September 11, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Sir I am trying to run the program but after writing program when i press f2 key the run word shown on the program but the program does not run.

    • Muhammad Farooq

      September 11, 2017 at 6:46 pm

      Mahim Chaudhry,
      No issue found in this method, please try again and watch the video carefully.

  52. Muhammad Hassaan

    September 25, 2018 at 8:46 am

    sir my dosbox is not running can you please help…….

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