Another day, another hare-brained project.
I've gotten the urge to play the multitude of old PC games from the 80's -> 00's. Think Doom, Quake, King's Quest, etc. I kept almost all of those games, especially if they were CD based. What I've found is that they mostly don't work on a Windows 10 PC without some help from DOSBox or D-fend. My idea was to set aside an old laptop exclusively for this purpose.
A friend gave me an old Dell laptop. It's a 2010 model and has Windows 7 installed. Core 2 Duo. Shockingly, the Dell support site has XP drivers for this thing. Should I load XP? I may, but for now, I'm going to give Win 7 a try. As I recall, it has a "compatibility mode".
First try was for DOOM and DOOM 2. Those are DOS based. I loaded DOSBox and it works! Easy. Sound and graphics are fine. I'm happy! I'll keep going and report progress with other games as I go.