How to run GW-Basic in Windows 8?
GW-BASIC is a dialect of the programming language BASIC developed by Microsoft from BASICA, originally for Compaq. It is otherwise identical to Microsoft/IBM BASICA, but is a fully self-contained executable and does not need the ROM BASIC. It was bundled with MS-DOS operating systemson IBM PC compatibles by Microsoft. Microsoft also sold a BASIC compiler, BASCOM, compatible with GW-BASIC, for programs needing more speed. The language is suitable for simple games, business programs and the like. Since it was included with most versions of MS-DOS, it was also a low cost way for many would-be programmers to learn the fundamentals of computer programming. With the release of MS-DOS 5.0, GW-BASIC’s place was eventually taken by QBasic, the interpreter part of the separately available QuickBASIC compiler.
In this tutorial we will learn how to run GW-Basic in Windows 8. Please follow the the step by step guide to get started :
- Download GW-Basic from http://www.gw-basic.com/downloads.html
- Download DOS Box from http://www.dosbox.com/download.php?main=1
- Install DOS Box.
- Extract GW-Basic archive and move it to the root of any Drive.
- Then right click on the GW-Basic desktop icon.
- The in the target option, add “f:gwbasicgwbasic.exe” (with the quotes) at the end of the default path.
- Click Apply -> Ok.
- Change the name of DOS Box to GW-Basic.
- Double click and run the application.