Dune Game Free Download & Install Guide

Author: Glenn Scrima

(Please do not copy this guide. However anyone is free to link to this page.)

First Download & Install Dosbox on Windows:

Go To: http://www.dosbox.com > Downloads Tab > Click the Windows version (Under the Dosbox category)

Dosbox homepage
Next: Run the Downloaded Installer file and install Dosbox on your C:\ drive when asked. Finally when finished rename your Dosbox folder Dune.

Dosbox install program
Dune Windows folder
Next: Open the Dune folder then locate and run Dosbox by double clicking on the Dosbox program icon.

Dosbox program
Next: At the the command prompt in Dosbox type "config -writeconf dosbox.conf" and then press the "Enter" key.

Creating the Dune config file
Next: Type "exit" to exit Dosbox.

Exit DOS command
Now: Locate and right click on the Dosbox config file. Click "open with" & select notepad.

Editing the Dosbox config file
Next: Now with the dosbox config file open scroll to the bottom. We are going to place some text below [autoexec]:

mount c c:\dune

Dosbox autoexec mount commands

Now Lets Download the the Free Dune Game:

Go To: http://abandonia.com

Next: Type "Dune" in the game search box in the upper right corner of the main page and press enter.

Search box
After That: Click on "Dune" in the game search results column.

Abandonia search results
On the page that follows click on the "Get It!" button.

Download game
Click on the "Get It" button on following page and wait for your browser to give you the option to download and save the game. Click the "Save" button and choose a directory on your hard drive where you would like to save the game zip file. Saving to your desktop is usually the default option and is probably the easiest place to save the file for extraction.

Saving the Dune zip file

Now Lets Extract the Dune Free Game Download:

First: Right click on the Dune game file you downloaded to your hard drive and click on "Extract All".

Extracting zip file
Click the "Next" button when the extractor launches. You will then be asked where you would like to save the extracted folder, select C:\Dune. After you've chosen this directory on your hard drive click "Next" again and the files will begin to extract.

Zip extraction program

Now Lets Install & Play the Game Dune:

Double click on the Dosbox program file and Dosbox will launch. Type Install and press enter. You should now be in the Dune installation program. Select "Automatic Configuration" and press enter. When you are done save and exit the program and then Dosbox.

Installing Dune
Next: We are going to head back to the dosbox config file and add another line of code. Again its in the [autoexec] section this time below the commands we have already added. The command is "comm". It should look like this.

Reediting Autoexec commands
Finally: Save and exit the config file. Click on the Dosbox program and Dune will launch, enjoy!

The config file is missing what do I do?
The game won't run on Windows Vista. What should I do?
The game runs sluggish. Is there a way to improve this?
How do I make the game launch in fullscreen mode?
How do I change the amount of RAM available?
How do I mount a hard drive or CD-ROM drive in Dosbox?
How do I change my machine type in Dosbox?
How do I capture a screenshot during gameplay?
I can't download from Abandonia. What should I do?
How do I close or exit Dosbox?


Ed said...

DUNE (or others)
1. how do I run it in a 'smaller' window?
2. how do I eliminate having to watch the into screens everytime I play?

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi Ed, if you want to play Dune in a window you will need to edit the Dosbox config file. Make sure the line in it reads fullscreen=false instead of fullscreen=true.

As for the intro my best guess would be trying to hit the esc key, spacebar or enter key if the game allows this part to be skipped.


Saky said...

When playing dune in window mode I have a very small resolution, how can I put it in window mode with a resolution of i.e 1280*1024 ?

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi Saky, I have a guide that shows you how to to fix this (link below). Enjoy the game!



ninjaspider87 said...

hey, thanks for all this, but still i cannot get it to run,

i did all it asked, but when i type in Install, it says command unknown or someother

i swear ive done everything else right, can i please get some help?

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi it sounds like the drives didn't mount correctly. When Dosbox launches what does it say above C:\>. Also make sure you change the Dosbox folder name to Dune.


ninjaspider87 said...

yay i got it! but theres no sound and its a small window... but i got it!

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi no problem enjoy playing Dune again!


Anonymous said...

when i try to save the txt in the dos box's config file(autoexec),i get "access denied"??anybody help me here?

Severe said...


Glenn Scrima said...

Hi yes there is. Its a different process than for a for the PC though. I'm hoping to add more Mac OS X guides if there is an interest for them. I'll keep this one in mind for my next one.


Anonymous said...

It doesn't let me save the fucking conf file, why? Keeps repeating the same bullshit.

"cannot create fag file blah blah"
I try to save over the old file and then it says the exact same thing again.

Anonymous said...


I am trying to use the DuneCD version with voices, follwing the same instructions but it doesn't runs with dosbox anybody can help me to solve it?

thanks very much

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi the install process will be different because you are using your CD-ROM instead of your hard drive. I don't have a copy of the game on CD unfortunately but I have a guide that should help with installing it.



Anonymous said...

Heya Glenn, thanks for taking time to answer all of these for so long, my question:

Currently using 64x Windows 7, when it comes to installing the Dune game I double click on the Install file it comes up with error message saying version of file is not compatible with my version of windows, so is there a way of getting around this?

Anonymous said...

i have typed all into the config box saved and launched dosbox when i type install it says illegal com i have dir and there is no install file only setup and nothing happens what up?

Anonymous said...

it was not possible to play the game.

I have done, step by step, what has been told in this tuto, then, nearby the end, that fails...

Dune.zip extracted do c:\Dune
launch dosbox and type "Install"

There, i'm been told "illegal command".


HeavenAngel said...

I have the sound but no voice sound from all my charcaters, how can i hear them? or else it will be a silent game~

HeavenAngel said...

I have the sound but no voice sound from all my charcaters, how can i hear them? or else it will be a silent game~

Lucy said...

Hi Glenn,
Thank you very much for your tutorial, it is very clear and helped me a lot! But I still have a problem and I hope that I'm not the only one:

I installed Dune and had no problem at all, it runs smoothly, at a normal speed and with all the sounds, it runs great indeed, but sometimes it crashes and I have no idea why, the game suddenly "disappears" and I get back to the DOS box (C:\), sometimes it happens every 20 minutes, sometimes every hour, and sometimes every 10 minutes, it's very frustrating because I keep losing my progress and I have to go to the palace very frequenly to save the game and prevent that I lose very much progress.

I use Windows 8, I have 8GB RAM and an i7 processor. So what's the problem? Please help

Thank you