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Warcraft: Orcs and Humans was a very popular RTS game released in 1994 that spawned a number of sequels including the very popular MMORPG World of Warcraft.


Warcraft is now freely available to download in full to play on your computer. Since it is an older game, there are a few steps needed to ensure that it works on your newer computer, wether it be Mac, Windows, or Linux. Follow the below instructions to get it working, and let us know in the comments how it went.


Step 1: Get and Extract Warcraft: Orcs and Humans.

You can download the full version of the game from the Internet. Blizzard doesn't seem to offer it on their site, but a quick google search for online will bring up a number of legal download sites for you to grab it from.

When you find and download the game, you will end up with a .zip file that you need to extract. I use a program called 7zip to extract zip files. Extract the files to somewhere on your hard drive, call it warcraft. Note the full path to your warcraft folder, for example "C:gameswarcraft", which we'll call FULL/PATH/TO/WARCRAFT

Step 2: Get Dosbox

Dosbox is a cross-platform dos emulator that lets your computer run older dos based software and games. Once installed you can run this game and many others through a dosbox command window by mounting directories and iso files as virtual disks in your dosbox environment. Head on over to the dosbox download page, and download the correct version of dosbox, depending on your OS. Use the dosbox installer to install Dosbox.

Step 3: Install Warcraft

Start Dosbox, and in the command window run the following command to mount the WARCRAFT_INSTALL folder you just created in the previous step:


Now change to your virtual C directory and run setup:



All the defaults should be fine, you should be able to hit enter until the setup completes.

Step 4: Run Warcraft

To run Warcraft, run the following command:


In the future, to run Warcraft, you only need to run the following two commands:




Bonus: Playing Network Multiplayer Games

Modern day computers use TCP/IP technology for networking, but Warcraft uses a different networking technology, called IPX, that Dosbox can also emulate for you. In order to emulate it, you must first enable it in the dosbox.conf file. Locate the dosbox.conf file (In Windows it will be something like C:Documents and SettingsuserLocal SettingsApplication DataDOSBoxdosbox-0.74.conf). Open it in a text editor and change following line:




Save the file and exit the text editor.

(note you must do this on all machines in the networked multiplayer game)

Next, start or restart dosbox on all machines, and on the computer hosting the warcraft game, run the following in dosbox:

Z:>ipxnet startserver

Find your computer's IP address using IPCONFIG, IFCONFIG or whatever your OS' variant is, and on the other machine(s) connecting, run:

Z:>ipxnet connect IP_ADDRESS_OF_SERVER

That's it!

Now when you start Warcraft you can easily start and play multiplayer games.

Be sure to visit the Dosbox forums for any tweaks and troubleshooting issues related to this game.