Legacy MS-DOS Licensing

14925 pts.
Tags:
Legacy software
Licensing
Microsoft
Microsoft licensing
I'm setting up a virtual machine that is going to run a legacy application that runs in MS-DOS 6.22. The client asked about the legality of copying the MS-DOS software. (He does have the license on the original machine as well as the original 3.5 install disks, so I suppose I would be "transferring it" from the old machine to the new virtual one) but this question has made me curious. Has MS-DOS moved into a sort of "freeware status" or does the copyright still have Microsoft teeth? If it still has to be licensed where can a legal copy of MS-DOS be found? Thanks

Answer Wiki

Thanks. We'll let you know when a new response is added.

No the software is not freeway. The Microsoft license is still in place. There are probably a couple of places you can purchase a new license, but I don’t have any idea where they are. I would simply plan on transferring the license from the old machine to the new machine.

==================
You could consider <a href=”http://www.freedos.org/”>FreeDOS</a> also.

Discuss This Question: 4  Replies

 
There was an error processing your information. Please try again later.
Thanks. We'll let you know when a new response is added.
Send me notifications when members answer or reply to this question.

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy
  • Ledlincoln
    Check http://www.freedos.org
    1,620 pointsBadges:
    report
  • Ledlincoln
    Oops, someone already put the link up above (and did it better than I).
    1,620 pointsBadges:
    report
  • Kevin Beaver
    I've had the need to use old versions of DOS like this as well...I'm pretty sure the license terms don't expire just because it's old. It looks like there's a lot of DOS for sale on ebay.
    17,625 pointsBadges:
    report
  • Flame
    We ended up transferring the license from the old machine to the new virtual machine, though the freeDOS looks promising and I might look to use it for a future project involving past technology... The old machine was taken apart and most of the pieces went to recycling, This system still had a 360k5 1/4 floppy disk drive which is one of the parts I kept. The retired floppy drive now sits in a place of honor on a shelf next to an old 44M SyQuest drive and a couple of Bernoulli disks. Thank you to all who helped. Flame
    14,925 pointsBadges:
    report

Forgot Password

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an e-mail containing your password.

Your password has been sent to:

To follow this tag...

There was an error processing your information. Please try again later.

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Thanks! We'll email you when relevant content is added and updated.

Following