READ First – How to Use DOSBox

W.R. Hutsell’s Wargames were designed in a simpler day – long before Microsoft Windows. In those days many people ran DOS – and it was on this program that Hutsell’s games were designed to run. Thankfully, it is very easy to make Hutsell’s games run on a contemporary computer – whether you are using Microsoft Windows (most common), Mac OS X (second), or any of the various distributions of Linux.

This is all possible utilizing an emulator. An emulator is a software application that runs on your computer and makes the computer appear to old DOS programs (including Hutsell’s games) as if it is a DOS computer.

DOSBox is free. You can download it from We’ll look at how to get Hutsell’s Games up and running on Windows using DOSBox. If you have another system please read the DOSBox documentation available at to learn the specifics of how to configure Hutsell’s Games to run on your computer.

  1. Download the Hutsell Game you want to play and run the executable. This will install the game on your Windows computer. By default it will install the game at c:\nameofgame.
  2. Download DOSBox and run the installer.
  3. Once DOSBox has been installed, launch the DOSBox application. At the prompt type: mount c c:\nameofgame and hit enter.
  4. Type c:\ at the prompt and hit enter.
  5. Type the name of the game file (e.g. for Civil War Strategy it is cws, for Civil War Battleset it is cw25) and the game will launch.
  6. That is all there is to it!
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