Warcraft II – Tides of Darkness. I used to love this old DOS game way back when. But now I want to run it on Windows XP. Yes, it is possible. Here’s how.
First you need the very excellent DOSBOX which is a DOS emulator. You can download it from http://www.dosbox.com/.
Once DOSBOX is installed, we need somewhere to put our DOS games. I created a folder called C:\DOSGAMES for this purpose.
Now it is time to run DOSBOX. Once it is going, type the following two commands:
mount c C:\DOSGAMES\ mount d D:\ -t cdrom
NOTE: If your CD-ROM drive is not D:\, modify this accordingly.
Then you can insert your Warcraft II CD. The game can be installed like so:
Just select all the default options except for the soundcard and music device which you should set to Soundblaster 16.
Making an icon
At this point you can run the game by typing WAR2. But I don’t want to stop there. Let’s now make a pretty icon so you can launch the game with a mouse-click.
Open the folder C:\Program Files\DOSBox-0.72 and find the file dosbox.conf. Copy it to your C:\DOSGAMES\WAR2 folder.
Edit the copy of dosbox.conf and add the following line to the bottom under the [autoexec] section:
mount d D:\ -t cdrom
I’ve found it is also a good idea to reduce the speed of CPU emulation otherwise the map can scroll too fast. Modify the cycles entry in dosbox.conf like so:
Now save the changes you made to dosbox.conf.
Copy the DOSBOX icon on your desktop. Rename the copy to “Warcraft II”. Now right-click on the icon and select Properties.
Enter the following text (all on one line) into the Target box:
"C:\Program Files\DOSBox-0.72\dosbox.exe" "C:\DOSGAMES\WAR2\WAR2.EXE" -conf "C:\DOSGAMES\WAR2\dosbox.conf" -exit -fullscreen
Then finally click on the Change Icon button.
Click Browse and navigate to the folder C:\DOSGAMES\WAR2. Double-click the file WAR2ICON.DLL.
Choose the WarCraft icon and then click OK. Click OK on the shortcut properties window also.
Now we are done. Click the WarCraft icon and enjoy!