How To Use Doxbox and Play and Install Games

How to Use DOSBox for Beginners

Hello! Welcome to Polysteamgamings guide to using and installing DOSBox. Today I will show how to run Wolfenstein 3D and other DOS games with DOSBox. DOSBox is a DOS emulator created for playing old dos games since new systems can give problems running older games. Download DOSBox here:

Step 1: Download DOSBox

DOSBox is open source and free. Get it here: and use the installer.

Step 2: Creating the Game Folder

Creating the Game Folder

Go to the root of your main hard drive (Mine is C:\) and create a folder. I called mine “dos”.

Step 3: Start DOSBox

Start DOSBox

Starting DOSBox is easy! All you need to do is click the icon. When DOSBox is started, a window will pop up. Press Alt+Enter at any time to make it fullscreen or exit fullscreen.

Step 4: Mount the C:\dos Directory

Mount the C:\dos Directory

Type this into DOSBox: mount c c:\dos

This changes the directory to the c:\ which you will be running your games from

Then press Enter or Return. It will display the message “Drive C is mounted as local directory c:\dos\.” After that, type c: and hit Enter to enter the c:\dos directory.

Step 5: Enter the Directory Containing the Game

Enter the Directory Containing the Game

Enter the Directory Containing the Game

Type dir into DOSBox to view the directories inside c:\dos. Then type cd [directory name here] to enter the directory. In our case, it’s cd WOLFEN~1 (this will change depending on the game just look around you need to find the .exe file)

Step 6: Enter the Exe File Name and Play the Game!

Enter the Exe File Name and Play the Game!

Enter the Exe File Name and Play the Game!

Type dir, find the exe file name, type it in and you’re away! Enjoy!


To get to your games up and running faster, you can edit the options.bat file at (default) C:\Program Files (x86)\DOSBox-0.74

( .bat is a batch file that automatically batch runs everything in it) Find out more about batch files here

Anything added to the bottom row will automatically execute every time DOSBox is started. Type the commands you would normally type here to access your games faster. For example, if your game folder is C:\dos, then

mount c c:\dos


The above lines will automatically mount your dos folder as C:\ and take you directly into the folder. Then it will present you with your list of directories so you can just cd (change directory) one and play your game!

Tab will autocomplete what you’re typing.

You can create a batch file for every game if you so desire just create a new file and name it .bat and make sure it points towards the games .exe file as in the above step. You can create a separate folder for each game.

You can find games to download here

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