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Is it possible to run MS-DOS applications via telnet on a Windows 7 system? Some applications we still use here were never ported to newer systems. Now the company wants to move the workstations towards Linux and have the old applications run on a Windows Server.

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Yes. As long as the programs will run on the command prompt in the first place (don't do crazy stuff like TSRs or tap the serial port directly).

Also, FYI - if they are really simple you can probably just run them in Linux: DOSemu http://www.n0nb.us/ham-linux/linux/dosemuold.html http://www.dosemu.org/

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Note that 16 bit (e.g. DOS) applications do not work on win7 x64. –  Hennes Sep 27 '12 at 21:36
    
glad to know @hennes –  Holy Sheet Sep 27 '12 at 21:36
    
Even menu-driven programs? –  Holy Sheet Sep 27 '12 at 21:37
    
yes. that's terminal control. and should be handled by a BIOS emulation layer. –  EdH Sep 27 '12 at 21:39
    
Note the X64. They work on X86. Not that win7 would make a server OS, you might want to use server 2003 (server 2008 and 2012 are x64 only). --- All 16 bit programs. Even windows 2.01 or 3.x. Simply no native 16 bit support in those versions. –  Hennes Sep 27 '12 at 21:39

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