Running Frontier First Encounters with DOSBox
Frontier First Encounters was released in 1995 and was changed at the last minute to run under DOS rather than the recently introduced Windows 95. This has caused difficulties for people wishing to play FFE on their modern PCs, so here is a complete guide to getting the game running. The key is a freeware program called DOSBox
DOSBox sets up a DOS environment on your PC, with all memory issues etc addressed. The DOSBox website has all the details, including a list of all the games it will run, but for the basic purpose of getting FFE to run, all you need is here at FrontierAstro.
Firstly, create a folder on your C drive called FFE
Download the DOSBox 0.74 Installer to your desktop and run the program, installing the program to the default location as shown above
Download this zip file to your desktop and extract the contents to C:\FFE
Before you run the game for the first time, you will need to set up the sound. You will only need to do this once though.