How To Download, Install and Configure Turbo C Software

By | August 8, 2016

Install Turbo C in Windows 7 with Dosbox Configuration

Learn How To Configure and Install Turbo C in Windows 7 with Dosbox configuration too. Turbo C Software is a Beginner Programmer’s First Preference. With latest advancements in Microsoft Windows versions, it is a little difficult to Install Turbo C in Windows. We have written down complete steps to Download, Install and Configure Turbo C Software in Windows Environment.

If you’re a beginner in C programming, check this article for C Programming IDE and Softwares that are very popular in the programming community.

Turbo C was introduced in 1987 by Borland is a discontinued Integrated Development Environment and Compiler for C Programming Language. Borland Turbo C Software had a small size, fast speed and comprehensive manuals. In 1990, the Turbo C was replaced with Turbo C++. Further, Borland reintroduced Turbo Moniker.

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Turbo C and Turbo C++ works fine in Windows XP and previous versions. However, in Windows 7/8/8.1/10, it is required to manually configure Turbo C Software. It is because Turbo C is 16-bit architecture based software and nowadays processors are of 64-bit architecture.

Install Turbo C in Windows 7

Download, Install Turbo C in Windows 7 and Configure with DosBox

If you have a Windows XP OS, you can download Windows 7 Turbo C Software here. After you have downloaded the Turbo C IDE, you need to install Dosbox to Run Turbo C in Windows 7/8/8.1/10.

DosBox Software

Download and Install Turbo C in Windows 7 with Configuration of DOSBOX in Windows 7

DosBox is an open – source emulator software to run old programs and games. It basically helps to execute DOS based programs. You can Download Dosbox from here.


Configure Turbo C and DosBox in Windows 7

Dosbox allows you to run Turbo C software in a full – screen width. You should follow the below steps to run Turbo C in Windows OS.

  1. Install DosBox Software that you have downloaded previously.
  2. Create a folder named Turbo in C: drive.
  3. Copy entire Turbo C / Turbo C++ software in this folder.
  4. Execute DosBox application by double clicking on it.
  5. You would be presented with two different screens. Select the one which has Z> prompt written on it.
  6. Type the following commands in it:
    • Mount X C:\Turbo
    • Mount D C:\Turbo\TC
    • D:
    • cd Bin
    • TC
  7. The last command TC will execute your Turbo C software. You will be presented with a normal blue screen. To increase the size of the window, press Alt + Enter. Now, the Turbo C IDE will run in Full – Screen.
  8. Go to Options Menu (Press Alt + O), select Directories and change the Include and Library directory such that they contain the following entries:
    • X:\TC|LIB

When you run your first C program, there are chances that you may get an error in Turbo C such as –


Turbo C Error: function printf() should have a prototype

To solve this error, you need to follow the steps given below:

  1. Go to the Options Menu
  2. Select C++ Options
  3. Select .CPP extension instead of C++ Always

Just in case you have any errors or doubts in Configuring and Installing Turbo C in Windows 7 or with DosBox in Windows 7, let us know about it in the Comment Section below.

7 thoughts on “How To Download, Install and Configure Turbo C Software

  1. Jethalal Gada

    Thank you so much. I tried installing several softwares for Turbo C but turned out to be spam and virus affected. Your tutorial helped me in installing Turbo C in my Windows 8 OS with configuration. I hope to learn C Programming soon.

  2. Vikrant Mhanto

    I was stuck up with Turbo C configuration. I finally started to use CodeBlocks. But thanks to this tutorial. Now, I am again switching back to Turbo C.

  3. Rajeshwari Naraparaju

    Can you enlist some Integrated Development Environment Softwares for C Programming apart from Turbo C?

    1. Tushar Soni Post author

      Sure! Apart from Turbo C/C++, which every beginner programmer’s first choice, some of the most downloaded IDEs for Windows Platform are:

      • Eclipse IDE
      • Netbeans
      • Codelite
      • Jetbrains
      • Bloodshed Dev C++
      • Codeblocks
  4. Amey Yadav

    Thanks a lot! This Turbo C Download File works in Windows 10 Operating System too. Although, I had a bit frustration with DOSBOX, but I can now finally Run Turbo C in Windows 10 machine.

  5. Jorin Gedamke

    It says to insert the Compiler/Utilities disk, but I don’t know how to do that in DosBox.


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