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: redump of Desq 1.0. The original "Desq 1.0" is copy protected, and needs to be dumped with a Kryoflux. No unprotect is known to exist.

Product type
Application Utility
Release date
Minimum CPU
User interface


Download Name Version Language CPU File type File size
Quarterdeck DESQ 1.0 (5.25) (needs redump) 1.0 English x86 5¼ Floppy 371.14KB
Quarterdeck DESQview 1.02 (5.25) 1.02 English x86 5¼ Floppy 125.47KB
Quarterdeck DESQview 1.03 (5.25) 1.03 English x86 5¼ Floppy 129.47KB
Quarterdeck DESQview 1.10 (AST OEM) (1986) (5.25-360k) 1.10 English x86 5¼ Floppy 2.34MB


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