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Lesson 21. Running DOS Applications > Starting a DOS Application

Starting a DOS Application

When you run a DOS program under Windows 98, a private space in memory is set up just for that program. The DOS program is then given whatever system resources it needs. This protection lets the DOS program run cleanly, without compromising the needs of some other program that might be running.

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A program that was originally designated to run on DOS (an acronym for Disk Operating System). DOS is a type of PC operating system that predates Windows operating systems. Unlike Windows, DOS does not have a graphical user interface (GUI). In DOS, you issue commands to the operating system by typing them in with your keyboard, rather than clicking graphical elements using a mouse. You can still run DOS applications on your Windows operating system, but you may need to follow special procedures described in this lesson.



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