Jump to content
LaunchBox Community Forums

LaunchBox for MS-DOS Special Edition 2.0

   (0 reviews)

8 Screenshots

About This File

Native Launcher for MS-DOS

LaunchBox for MS-DOS 2.0 is here! If you run MS-DOS (or the DOS console in Windows 95/98), this should be very much enjoyed. It allows you to easily sort through and manage your games/apps within DOS, without taking any extra memory from your apps or introducing any compatibility issues at all. This is done via a simple batch file that starts up and shuts down the launcher as needed.

LaunchBox for MS-DOS also works very well with DOSBox if you'd like to use a menu system inside of DOSBox.

System Requirements

MS-DOS 3.30 or higher
286 or higher CPU (uses 286 CPU instructions)

Installation

Unzip the zip file and place the contents onto a floppy disk or other media. Copy the four files into a folder on your hard disk (or just keep it on the floppy, it runs from the floppy as well). Navigate to the folder with the files and run LAUNCH.BAT.

LAUNCH.BAT can also be called from your AUTOEXEC.BAT file if you'd like LaunchBox to start on boot. You can then add Windows 3.1 or 95/98 to LaunchBox in order to optionally start up Windows by just browsing for WIN.COM.

Change Log

Version 2.0 - Released Sunday, January 29, 2018
- Many new fields are available for each item: Genre, Series, Developer, Publisher, Release Year, Status, and Favorite
- Can now sort items by Title, Favorite, Release Date, and Status
- Can now filter items by Genre, Series, Developer, Publisher, Release Year, or Status
- LaunchBox now remembers your last selection
- List titles and counts have been added

Version 1.1 - Released Tuesday, January 17, 2017
- New "Move to Top" and "Move to Bottom" options are available under the Edit menu
- New "Insert Separator" option available under the Edit menu
- Each application can now have a separate set of commands for configuring the application
- New explicit "Run Selected" and "Configure Selected" options are available under the File menu
- New "Browse and Run" option is available under the File menu
- New "Lock" option is available under the File menu to help prevent accidental changes
- Changed the batch file process to better support DOSBox and older versions of MS-DOS

Version 1.0 - Released Friday, January 13, 2017
- Initial Release

Easter Eggs

There are several incredibly stupid easter eggs in the program.

Hint: What is the second most popular cheat code ever?

Version 1.0 Announcement Video

Screenshots

20180128_095459.thumb.jpg.9dde844c804d98790e18e810fedf5b09.jpglaunchbx_000.thumb.png.cf9a5a4725fce30039a470e3c2a0f82c.pnglaunchbx_002.thumb.png.f3b1f5174f3024eefdcf311caf6e1802.pnglaunchbx_003.thumb.png.ab4a12e09628c127672d0e6c81ac01ae.pnglaunchbx_004.thumb.png.7b17bcdc6a05fda70ea9d4555ae51caa.pnglaunchbx_005.thumb.png.952de7632a6b3092f3deb395fe45c922.pnglaunchbx_006.thumb.png.d33ccf87d9c23363d3a7d10a68cd9c75.png

launchbx_001.png


What's New in Version 2.0   See changelog

Released

No changelog available for this version.

  • Like 7
  • Thanks 2



User Feedback

Recommended Comments

LOL

Took me so long to figure out what this was.

Did you seriously write software for DOS in 2018? What a beast.

Edited by JRPGod
  • Like 1

Share this comment


Link to comment
Share on other sites

Funny I am building an old 486 PC out of old parts, I know the first thing going on it now!

Edited by GuroDragon
  • Like 1

Share this comment


Link to comment
Share on other sites
58 minutes ago, GuroDragon said:

Funny I am building an old 486 PC out of old parts, I know the first thing going on it now!

Awesome, enjoy it!

Share this comment


Link to comment
Share on other sites

I'm wondering if a collection like TDC or eXoDos could be packed and ready to play with this. I'm guessing the main hassle would be making the different CDs accessible, thjhough that may be doable with WinISO and some launch batchfiles.

Share this comment


Link to comment
Share on other sites
9 minutes ago, irghen said:

I'm wondering if a collection like TDC or eXoDos could be packed and ready to play with this. I'm guessing the main hassle would be making the different CDs accessible, thjhough that may be doable with WinISO and some launch batchfiles.

Are you aware LaunchBox is already bundled and set to go with the latest eXoDos packs?

Share this comment


Link to comment
Share on other sites

Oh no, I am, I guess I wasn't very clear with the completely dumb idea I was having, sorry.

So, I was watching this LGR video where he built a 486 PC to play old DOS games and when I later found this I thought maybe I could build one myself and have a full eXoDos library running on it.

I'm guessing there must be a ton of technical difficulties with that idea (having DOS recognize a big hard drive and accessing all the CD games comes to mind), but maybe on a Raspberry PI running DosBox it could be viable?

Something like this:
Raspberry PI -> DosBox -> Launchbox for MS-Dos -> full eXoDos library

Sorry if I'm not making a lot of sense, English isn't my 1st language and this is a weird idea.

Edited by irghen

Share this comment


Link to comment
Share on other sites
10 hours ago, irghen said:

Oh no, I am, I guess I wasn't very clear with the completely dumb idea I was having, sorry.

So, I was watching this LGR video where he built a 486 PC to play old DOS games and when I later found this I thought maybe I could build one myself and have a full eXoDos library running on it.

I'm guessing there must be a ton of technical difficulties with that idea (having DOS recognize a big hard drive and accessing all the CD games comes to mind), but maybe on a Raspberry PI running DosBox it could be viable?

Something like this:
Raspberry PI -> DosBox -> Launchbox for MS-Dos -> full eXoDos library

Sorry if I'm not making a lot of sense, English isn't my 1st language and this is a weird idea.

LGR is one of my absolute favorite YouTubers. ;)

Yes, I don't think it would really be feasible to put a collection the size of eXoDOS onto a physical DOS machine, but it would be a fun project. The most I've gotten onto DOS machines successfully is 8 GB (spread across 4 different partitions). The other issue is that the eXoDOS collection is fairly heavily tweaked for DOSBox, so there may be some issues with some of the games on physical machines. I'd love to have that all put together though. ;)

  • Like 1

Share this comment


Link to comment
Share on other sites

I know it's silly but it would be so awesome to launch your Steam games from something like this. Too bad game files call for the client it self. God i hate the look of that client.

  • Like 1

Share this comment


Link to comment
Share on other sites

 

Hi Jason, great job, I use your application to launch a hundred games on my pentium 90!

Is it possible to have the source to do some improvement? It would be nice, for example, to give the possibility to start a screensaver after a few minutes to avoid ruining the screen of vintage laptops!

Share this comment


Link to comment
Share on other sites

Amazing! Great job Jason. 

I was wondering if there was an option to turn on full screen within the client? I know this can be done through DOSBOX, but it would be nice to have an option within the client window to do this.

Share this comment


Link to comment
Share on other sites
On 9/21/2019 at 11:17 AM, terrornoize said:

Hi Jason, great job, I use your application to launch a hundred games on my pentium 90!

Is it possible to have the source to do some improvement? It would be nice, for example, to give the possibility to start a screensaver after a few minutes to avoid ruining the screen of vintage laptops!

Sorry for the late reply here @terrornoize. I may release the source here soon; I'll github it if/when I do. I'll probably want to tweak it a bit before I do though.

1 hour ago, freerunner said:

Amazing! Great job Jason. 

I was wondering if there was an option to turn on full screen within the client? I know this can be done through DOSBOX, but it would be nice to have an option within the client window to do this.

Not quite following here @freerunner. This is an MS-DOS app, and already runs fullscreen. If you're referring to making DOSBox fullscreen from within an MS-DOS app, that is basically impossible.

Share this comment


Link to comment
Share on other sites

@Jason Carr

Gotcha. I know that we can call for the DOSBOX to be full screen from the starting of DOSBOX using "dosbox.conf" file with the line of code "fullscreen=true". Is there no way to call this within the MS-DOS app while it is running?

Thanks

Share this comment


Link to comment
Share on other sites
2 minutes ago, freerunner said:

@Jason Carr

Gotcha. I know that we can call for the DOSBOX to be full screen from the starting of DOSBOX using "dosbox.conf" file with the line of code "fullscreen=true". Is there no way to call this within the MS-DOS app while it is running?

Thanks

I believe there is a DOSBox keyboard shortcut to make it fullscreen. Maybe F11? Or Alt+Enter? Either way though, that keyboard shortcut is intercepted by DOSBox, so the actual MS-DOS code can't do anything with it.

Share this comment


Link to comment
Share on other sites
On 10/15/2019 at 8:08 PM, Jason Carr said:

Sorry for the late reply here @terrornoize. I may release the source here soon; I'll github it if/when I do. I'll probably want to tweak it a bit before I do though.

Can't wait for it!

Share this comment


Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Add a comment...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

×
×
  • Create New...