How to Use Turbo C++ on Windows Vista/7/8

By | June 2, 2015
  We all know that Turbo C++ 3.0 is the most popular IDE among those who are learning C/C++ at the beginner’s stage. Its simple interface makes it easy to get started with programming. Yet there is a common problem faced by everyone when trying to use this IDE for creating and executing C/C++ programs on Windows Vista/7/8. This article shows you how to use Turbo C++ on Windows Vista, 7 or 8.

How to use Turbo C++ on Windows Vista/7/8

In 32-bit editions of these versions of Windows, Turbo C++ 3.0 IDE runs in a very small command prompt type window. 

Turbo C++ in Windows Vista/7/8 32-bit : Small window
And it is really a annoying experience to work on such a small UI since programming is a task best suited to a fullscreen window.
And on 64-bit Windows, the situation is even worse. The program doesn’t start at all, due to its incompatibility with 64-bit OSes. 
Turbo C++ in Windows Vista/7/8 32-bit : Incompatibility error

Fortunately, there is an easy way to solve this issue. We’ll show you how to use Turbo C++ on Windows.

There’s a program which bundles Turbo C++ 3.0 IDE with an emulator called DOSBox.  All you need to do is to download this file here and execute it on 32-bit/64-bit Windows Vista/7/8 computer and proceed with the installation. After the installation, you can start using Turbo C++ normally in fullscreen.

How to use Turbo C++ in Windows Vista/7/8 32-bit : Full Screen
The only problem you might have is high CPU usage while the program is running. It happens because DOSBox is an emulator and emulators cause high CPU usage. There’s nothing to worry about that. Apart from this minor issue, the program works flawlessly. You can create, compile and run your programs just as you used to do on previous versions of Windows. Avoid using Turbo C++ shortcuts because some of these shortcuts affect DOSBox as well and might cause some annoyance for you. You’ll have a better experience if you use only menus for performing any task.

Let me know your experience with this program in your comments below.

Update : We have modified the download link for the Turbo C++ installer on 29th of June, 2016. The current link points to an improved version of Turbo C++. The current link will let you download Turbo C++ 3.2.2 while the previous link was for Turbo C++ 3.0

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5 thoughts on “How to Use Turbo C++ on Windows Vista/7/8

  1. Visual Studio Bug

    Any program running under an emulator uses too much CPU. I used to use this program but now I have switched to Visual Studio Express. But for those whose specifically need TURBO C++ on Vista and later versions of Windows, probably this is the ONLY choice.

  2. Lindsey

    I was just looking at your How to Use Turbo C++ on Windows Vista/7/8 – Windows Code Bits website and see that your website has the potential to get a lot of visitors.

  3. SAAD dewana

    I’m currently using a Windows 7 64-bit laptop and I couldn’t find a way to use Turbo C++ on it. The file you provided here helped me use Turbo C++. Thanks 🙂


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