DESQView 1.x

DESQView, from Quarterdeck, was a DOS application multi-tasker and in later versions functioned as an X client for applications on remote UNIX systems. It competed against IBM Topview. The original DESQ was just a task switcher, but subsequent versions offered preemptive multitasking of well behaved DOS programs on real-mode 8088 PCs. It gained popularity when DESQView 386 added virtual x86 support. This enabled the ability to multi task many poorly behaved programs, and was often used on BBSes due to its excellent COM port handling. It was later overtaken by OS/2 and Windows.

Wanted: DESQview/X 1.0


Release notes

Important: Desq 1.0 contains copy protection, and no unprotect is known to exist. Later versions are not copy protected. To create a usable Desk 1.0 disk, you must use the provided SuperCard Pro or Kryoflux images, or use an emulator that supports copy protection. Desq 1.0 has been tested to run in PCE.

Product type
Application Utility
Release date
Minimum CPU
User interface
Download count
13 (4 for release)


Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
Quarterdeck DESQ 1.0 (1984) (5.25-360k) (SCP) (Kryoflux) 1.0 English 79.57MB 0
Quarterdeck DESQview 1.02 (1986) (5.25-360k) 1.02 English 595.9KB 1
Quarterdeck DESQview 1.02 Manual (AST OEM) (1986) 1.02 English 11.24MB 0
Quarterdeck DESQview 1.03 (1986) (5.25-360k) 1.03 English 129.74KB 1
Quarterdeck DESQview 1.10 (AST OEM) (1986) (5.25-360k) 1.10 English 2.34MB 0
Quarterdeck DESQview 1.11 (AST OEM) (1986) (5.25-360k) 1.11 English 2.25MB 2


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