How to run GW-Basic in Windows 8

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 :

  1. Download GW-Basic from
  2. Download DOS Box from
  3. Install DOS Box.
  4. Extract GW-Basic archive and move it to the root of any Drive.
  5. Then right click on the GW-Basic desktop icon.
  6. The in the target option, add “f:gwbasicgwbasic.exe” (with the quotes) at the end of the default path.
  7. Click Apply -> Ok.
  8. Change the name of DOS Box to GW-Basic.
  9. Double click and run the application.

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