THERE IS NO GW-BASIC FOR WINDOWS 7!
I get this question to my contact form so often, I don't know why I haven't made a post or a page for it yet. GW-BASIC was last released in 1988 as you can see from any screenshot of its start screen. It's a 16-bit DOS executable that uses processor instructions no longer supported in modern, 64-bit CPU's / operating systems. Simply put: GW-BASIC.EXE cannot run directly on Windows! Don't lose hope, because this is where emulators come in. DOSBox is the premier DOS emulator with the best support and works on multiple platforms (I use it on Lubuntu Linux). You'll just need a passing knowledge of DOS and how a filesystem works, but otherwise running in an emulator is straight forward, like running a virtual PC from ye olden times inside your fancy new toy.
 


Jason Donahue
04/24/2014 1:52am

Well, kinda...

For 64-bit editions of Windows, DOSBox is it, which will exclude most modern computers.

As for 32-bit Windows, though, I've just gotten GW-BASIC to run on a tablet running a 32-bit version of Windows 8.1 - when first running the executable, I was prompted to install the NTVDM, after which it opened fine.

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Javed Iqbal dar
10/14/2014 7:35am

I need gw basic for educational purposes .I am worried while not have to execute !

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ali
11/17/2014 6:44am

i need this

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