Unfortunately, while MW2 is rooted firmly in a DOS/Windows 95 world, my PC ran XP2. I made a brief attempt to get it to run in DOSBox but didn't have the proper incantations (or, maybe, DOSBox just couldn't run the game at the time). So I relegated the MW2 box to the (unofficially named) Drawer of Old Games.
Fast forward to a few days ago, and during a minor clean-up session I ran across the Drawer of Old Games. MW2 was sitting there on top, tempting (daring?) me to give it another try.
A quick Google search turned up a DOSBox Mechwarrior2 Wiki page. The following steps are, with slight modifications, taken straight from that page:
- Use ImgBurn to rip a copy of the installation CD to a .cue/.img file. (Not an .iso.)
- Start up DOSBox. Mount the C: drive (I have it auto-mounted in
~/AppData/Local/DOSBox/dosbox-0.74.conf). Mount the .cue with
IMGMOUNT D /PATH/TO/MECHWARRIOR2.CUE -t iso.
cd D:\DOSand run the installer. Follow the instructions...it's not that hard.
- For convenience, once it's installed, create a batch file in
C:\MERCSthat mounts the .cue file using the above imgmount command.