Installing Games In DOSBox

Since DOSBox can only see files and folders that are mounted, it will see that folder as the base directory. If you install a game in Windows to:


and mount C:\Games as your DOSBox "C:" drive, it will see the path to KQ6CD as:


If the game's installer writes configuration files that require paths to files or folders in it, when installed from Window's DOS emulator, DOSBox will not see the same path and will not be able to find the files necessary to run the game. This can be avoided by installing the game from DOSBox, with everything mounted as it will be when running the game.

In order to install a game in DOSBox, you must mount both the folder where the game will be installed to and the disks or folder that has the install files. To install a game from a CD, put the CD in your drive and start DOSBox.

  1. In DOSBox type:

    mount c c:\games

  2. Now, assuming that your CD drive is D: type:

    mount d d:\ -t cdrom -ioctl

    (if your CD is E: change that to "mount d e:\..." etc)

  3. Type:

    cd d:

(to change to the CD drive)

  1. Type:


    (or setup or whatever the name of the installer is)

To install a game from floppies, either mount your floppy drive or mount a folder with the install files as DOSBox's "A:" drive. NOTE: You may need to add the -t floppy (to specify type of drive) and/or -label (to specify a disk lable) switches to the mount command for some installers to work.

More information on mounting can be found here and in the DOSBox README.


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