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I hope that this question is ontopic here.

I am looking for a standalone version of DosBox to run under Windows 7 (64 bit). I found:

But it looks like you actually have to install this.

What I am looking for is something like a zip file that is just unpacked into a folder such that DosBox will work right away.

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have you tried downloading from dosbox.com/download.php?main=1 –  Keltari Jan 20 '13 at 0:59
    
@Keltari: I don't see any zip file for Windows –  Thomas Jan 20 '13 at 1:00
    
it has to be installed, as it needs to be configured for each system. –  Keltari Jan 20 '13 at 1:02
    
@Keltari: Ok, so you are saying that there simply isn't a standalone version available? –  Thomas Jan 20 '13 at 1:02
    
dont think so. the installer has to detect your hardware to determine hwo to do emulation. –  Keltari Jan 20 '13 at 1:03
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I don't know about the first link, but PortableApps' version is indeed portable. Their .PAF.EXE (PAF = Portable Application (Installer) File) is an "installer" that simply extracts the app to the destination you choose:

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Here's what you end up with:

DOSBoxPortable\App
DOSBoxPortable\Data
DOSBoxPortable\Other
DOSBoxPortable\DOSBoxPortable.exe
DOSBoxPortable\Help.html
DOSBoxPortable\App\AppInfo
DOSBoxPortable\App\DefaultData
DOSBoxPortable\App\DOSBox
DOSBoxPortable\App\AppInfo\appicon.ico
DOSBoxPortable\App\AppInfo\appinfo.ini
DOSBoxPortable\App\AppInfo\installer.ini
DOSBoxPortable\App\AppInfo\appicon_128.png
DOSBoxPortable\App\AppInfo\appicon_16.png
DOSBoxPortable\App\AppInfo\appicon_32.png
DOSBoxPortable\App\DefaultData\settings
DOSBoxPortable\App\DefaultData\settings\dosbox.conf
DOSBoxPortable\App\DOSBox\Documentation
DOSBoxPortable\App\DOSBox\Video Codec
DOSBoxPortable\App\DOSBox\DOSBox 0.74 Options.bat
DOSBoxPortable\App\DOSBox\Reset KeyMapper.bat
DOSBoxPortable\App\DOSBox\Reset Options.bat
DOSBoxPortable\App\DOSBox\Screenshots & Recordings.bat
DOSBoxPortable\App\DOSBox\SDL.dll
DOSBoxPortable\App\DOSBox\SDL_net.dll
DOSBoxPortable\App\DOSBox\DOSBox.exe
DOSBoxPortable\App\DOSBox\DOSBox 0.74 Manual.txt
DOSBoxPortable\App\DOSBox\Documentation\AUTHORS.txt
DOSBoxPortable\App\DOSBox\Documentation\COPYING.txt
DOSBoxPortable\App\DOSBox\Documentation\INSTALL.txt
DOSBoxPortable\App\DOSBox\Documentation\NEWS.txt
DOSBoxPortable\App\DOSBox\Documentation\README.txt
DOSBoxPortable\App\DOSBox\Documentation\THANKS.txt
DOSBoxPortable\App\DOSBox\Video Codec\zmbv.dll
DOSBoxPortable\App\DOSBox\Video Codec\zmbv.inf
DOSBoxPortable\App\DOSBox\Video Codec\Video Instructions.txt
DOSBoxPortable\Other\Help
DOSBoxPortable\Other\Source
DOSBoxPortable\Other\Help\images
DOSBoxPortable\Other\Help\images\favicon.ico
DOSBoxPortable\Other\Help\images\donation_button.png
DOSBoxPortable\Other\Help\images\help_background_footer.png
DOSBoxPortable\Other\Help\images\help_background_header.png
DOSBoxPortable\Other\Help\images\help_logo_top.png
DOSBoxPortable\Other\Source\DOSBoxPortable.ini
DOSBoxPortable\Other\Source\DOSBoxPortable.jpg
DOSBoxPortable\Other\Source\CheckForPlatformSplashDisable.nsh
DOSBoxPortable\Other\Source\ReadINIStrWithDefault.nsh
DOSBoxPortable\Other\Source\DOSBoxPortable.nsi
DOSBoxPortable\Other\Source\AppSource.txt
DOSBoxPortable\Other\Source\License.txt
DOSBoxPortable\Other\Source\Readme.txt

In general all of PortableApps' programs are structured the same way. At the top-level you have AppNamePortable.exe (in this case DOSBoxPortable.exe), which acts as a "wrapper" for App\AppName\AppName.exe (in this case App\DOSBox\DOSBox.exe). I just confirmed and PortableApps' DOSBox Portable does not interfere with my installed DOSBox (with custom settings) in any way. In future if you want a ZIP archive instead of the .PAF.EXE you can simply ZIP up the entire extracted folder structure.

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I know this is a bit late, but thanks for the answer. I seems strange that they call it "installing" when people would want to use the portable version because they don't want to install. –  Thomas Mar 11 '13 at 1:10
    
Yes, "extracting" would be more apt terminology IMO. –  Karan Mar 11 '13 at 1:14
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