Tame General Information

Release 6.0f
December, 2016


Getting Started


To install Tame, run the setup program and select the folder to install Tame into.


After installation, Tame will immediately begin to work with each DOS application that is run.  In most cases, responsiveness of the application is noticeably improved, and CPU usage is dramatically reduced.    


Upgrade Notes

Reference the Release Notes to see a list of features that are new with this version of Tame. 


If you have an earlier version of Tame installed, it is recommended that you remove it prior to installing this upgrade.  If custom options that were required with releases of Tame prior to release 4.5, those custom options are probably not appropriate for this release, and Tame can be more effective if they are not supplied. 


If you have a license for a previous release of Tame, that license is valid for Release 4.5.   You may need to manually copy the license file to the new Tame folder after installation.  There is no need to run a separate program to apply registration.


Getting Help

For more details and other options, see the Tame User Guide.  If you need further assistance, check the web page at http://www.tamedos.com or send email to support@tamedos.com.


Product Summary

If you run DOS programs, you have probably noticed that the DOS program will take over the CPU. This can be devastating in a multi-user environment such as Microsoft Terminal Server or Citrix Metaframe.  A dual processor machine can slow to a crawl with just a few users.  In addition, many DOS programs provide very sluggish response, or have other problems when run on a 32 bit system.   


Tame provides the capability to efficiently run DOS applications on an NT based system.   With Tame, DOS applications use as little CPU as is needed, while maintaining a level of responsiveness that rivals that of native 32 bit applications.   Tame also solves a growing list of compatibility problems that DOS applications experience.   In addition, Tame provides the ability to monitor running DOS applications, and diagnose problems that may arise with them.


Evaluation License Terms

A fully functional copy of Tame may be evaluated for a limited time of 30 days, to make sure it meets your needs prior to purchase.    The Tame License document provides details about the evaluation license and options for purchasing a permanent


Supported Systems

         Windows 2000

         Windows 2000 Terminal Services

         Windows NT 4.0

         Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition

         Windows XP

         Windows Vista

         Windows 2003 Server

         Windows 2008 Server

         Windows 7 32 bit edition

         Windows 10 32 bit edition

         Citrix Winframe

         Citrix MetaFrame


Why use Tame?

Most DOS applications simply run better when Tame is used. These are a few reasons why.


         Improve application responsiveness

         Support more users on a multi-user system

         Centrally monitor and manage DOS application usage

         Peace of mind. With Tame, you may run DOS applications that are needed. Tame takes care of making sure the program runs efficiently and trouble free.

Problems Tame can Solve

Some applications have expectations that are not met in a multi-user system, or behave in a way that causes problems. Tame can provide an isolation layer to solve problems like this. If your application exhibits any of the following symptoms when run in Windows NT, Tame can make the problem go away.


         Uses 100% of the CPU

         Application changes the system date

         Application forces the console to full screen mode

         Application uses file locks excessively or incorrectly

         Only one user at a time should start the application

         Printing is delayed, or does not start until you exit the application

         Application depends on BIOS services that are not implemented

Performance Improvements

         CPU usage is reduced by allocating the processor more effectively. On a multi-user system, this allows a system to support more users while also improving performance that each user experiences.


         Keyboard response is improved considerably. In many cases, keyboarding delays are eliminated completely, and keyboard response for a DOS application will rival that of a native 32 bit Windows application.


         The keyboard remains responsive even while other DOS applications are doing heavy processing. Tame can help interactive sessions receive preferred treatment for the fraction of a second it takes to process most keystrokes.


System Administration

         Centrally monitor execution of DOS programs that are currently running on a system


         Extensive logging capability, ranging from a single line to summarize each program run, to a detailed list of what happened for each program screen.


         Detailed diagnostic tracing that may be used to diagnose problems with the DOS program, or to determine what Tame settings may improve usage of the application.



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