How to install CM97/98

Hopefully reading this blog has whetted your appetite to re-live this great game. As it is, computers have come quite a long way since 1997 which can make playing the game on a modern laptop/computer a bit tricky. But there is a way. Of course, please download with discretion and I take no responsibility for the downloads hosted on external websites. Click here to download the game as I have uploaded it.

DosBox is the key to getting this game to work – basically this emulates MS-Dos on your computer to allow you to run old Dos Games. Download it from their website here by picking the correct operating system from the list. Get that installed and that’s the easy bit done.

I’ve split the guide into firstly Windows instuctions and further down the page is Mac. Incidentally, we’ve had somebody get it working on an Android phone/tablet. There’s a guide for that here. We have nothing for iPad yet, I know you can share your screen from your laptop to your tablet but that’s not really the same.


You’ll need the game to make any of this happen. If you’re fortunate enough to own the CD still, treasure it but unless your laptop is old it will be of little use here. Download the game as per the link above (other downloads are available).

Once you’ve got the game on your laptop, you can try and run it by double clicking cm2.exe from the folder but it will most likely either not load at all or will load with colours all over the shop. You can try playing about with the compatibility settings, but they tend not to work.

There are two ways to get the game to work. Firstly, if this is the only game you play on dosbox then drag the desired exe file (cm2e8 or cm2e16) onto the Dosbox icon. That should work, but if it doesn’t, read on.

Plan B is to use Dosbox. Open up Dosbox by double clicking the exe file you installed earlier. At this point, I encourage you to review this article:

I’m not a technical expert by any means but if the above makes no sense to you, I will try and explain it. If you can, move the CM9798 folder somewhere simple, such as C: (without putting it in any other folder). Place the CM9798 files in there.


In dosbox, it will say Z:\> and after this you should type mount c C:\cm9798

So the whole line should read: Z:\> mount c c:\cm9798       Then press enter

Of course if you have cm9798 folder saved elsewhere, change the file path to that. If successful, dosbox will add a line that says Drive C is mounted as the local directory C:\cm9798

Now type C: and press enter. This should change the Z to a C, and you’ll be left with this:


Type in the program you want to run, here are your options:

cm2.exe – Will run the whole game, then you decide if you want to run 8 bit (1 league) or 16 bit (3 leagues), or the database editor

Cm2e16.exe – Runs the full game, with 3 playable leagues

Cm2e18.exe – Runs the one league version

Cme2ed – Runs the database editor

Press enter after you’ve typed in one of the above and it will run.


You’ll still need Dosbox for Mac which can be found on this page. Download DosBox & save to your applications folder. Go to your home folder (the folder that has the same name as your username). I believe there are other emulators available.

You should still be able to download/buy the game as per my link above, you don’t have to do anything different to if you were running it on a Windows machine.

If you’ve followed the earlier steps, you should have a folder in your home folder called dosgames & within that a folder called CM9798 & all the game files in that

launch DosBox and type the following:

mount c ~/dosgames

Press return and the enter:

C: (press enter)

cd cm9798

press enter again and then finally type:


Press enter and the game will launch.

April 2020 – There seems to have been an update to Mac which has caused some problems so if you’ve recently updated to Catalina and have issues, that’ll be why.

Extra – This next bit isn’t required but more of a tip.

Now, obviously you won’t want to go through this whole process each time, so if you’re only going to run the one Dos game you can tell dosbox to do this every time. Rather than re-write what has already been written elsewhere, please refer to the below extract from

dosbox quick start

I hope you find this article useful, I didn’t invent this process and there may be other ways of running the game, but this works well for me.

Please tweet any queries to @cm9798 and I’ll try and help

With thanks to my life long friend _markreynolds for the mac instructions – visit his website for some tech insight and fantastic photography

Cover Photo

115 thoughts on “How to install CM97/98

  1. Hello,
    many thanks for this! I could play this beautiful game once again after years on my computer!

    So do you have latest season updates with playable leagues like Turkey, Russia and few others which was excluded in the original ?



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  3. Hey, Thanks very much for this. I got it working on my mac. However, everytime I get to the first game and I go to change the tactics, a message comes up saying “thanks for playing the game etc.” and quits the game. Then, when I load it back, I’m no longer the manager of my team and it just keeps going to that “thanks” message.

    Any ideas what’s happening?


  4. Hi – I am still yet to be able to play this wonderful game. I have DOSBox open, I have had the CD and a download both showing in c drive BUT when I go the mount c instruction it says Directory c:\cm9798 does not exist. Any ideas please? (Windows 10)


  5. hey all….. great little site here. I recently got stuck into this game again after a long absence, and Im really enjoying it.

    Just on thing id like to add here though if i may… I’ve worked out that the version i am playing (which is running absolutely fine btw into third season)is most definitely a patched version.

    I remember from the original version of the game for example that sometimes John Curtis starts out on a free transfer. I mean sometimes he doesn’t but on this new version he never does. This version albeit good just feels slightly different and id like to play the original non patched version if possible. Another example of the top of my head… this patched version doesnt have Ruud Gullit on here?? That’s blasphemous (the ge ren was top notch lol)

    The downloadable version of the game on this website… is it the original??

    Can anyone confirm this at all for me? If so I’ll get to downloading it immediately. Despite flaws…. i like things as they were originally intended. 😉

    Many thanks in advance


    • Hi, the download from this site is the patch yes, I too prefer the original db but wanted to blog the patched version as it has less bugs. To be honest I haven’t noticed many bugs in either.

      The original db, yes the honourable JC is often on a free. Man Utd have about 40 players assigned to them in the editor so some always miss out. You can get it from or I will upload it for you


      • Mr Black sir you are a gentleman and a scholar. Thanks for putting me onto the ‘out the box’ version. I’m invested heavily currently in the patched version way to much however to give the old guard the attention it deserves for the time being lol. That fact that I now have it there for me to revert back to at sone point however is heartening so thank you.

        I’ll get there though. I’ve become a massive addict again since the national lockdown. I’m kinda stuck on the one save right now and I’m about 10 seasons in. I’ve also taken to your ‘France 98: what-if’ monologue quite fondly. I’m on page 72. Had to buy the hardback haha.

        Have listened to the first ‘champ man on the post’ podcasts too and thoroughly enjoyed both.

        I’ve a question or two I’d like to ask about some advice if you will for want of a better word.

        If you’re happy to answer let me know and I’ll ask away.

        Thanks once again sir.




    • If you want Guillit just put him into the team you want he’s in the editor. You can even bring Maradona out of retirement too.


  6. I’ve downloaded DOSbox and also your copy of the game, but it still will not load at all. I can mount C:, but that’s as far as I get…It just keeps saying illegal command when I try and enter the .exe This is happening with both typing it in, or if I try and drop the zip file (it won’t let me drag the .exe file). Any ideas? Cheers


  7. Having updated my Mac operating system to Catalina neither Boxer or DOSBox are compatible – disaster!!

    I can’t find a way to load the game or my old saves – anyone else got around this problem? And any Mac users think carefully about upgrading you operating system unless you want to lose the game!


  8. Getting the message “this is not the correct data file!” when I try to access team data in the data editor. Any suggestions please?


  9. Hello CM9798 community 🙂

    I need your help! I can launch game but only on small screen.

    I cannot extend it. When I modify “Dosbox file.config” with fullscreen “true”, I cannot save it (only administrator can save on program file (x86).

    Do you know how I can get fullscreen?

    Thanks, regards;


  10. Hi, I just tried to load up CM9798 (files copied onto laptop from original CD) using DOSBox (downloaded today) – I’ve achieved it before with these same files on an old laptop but wanted to try on my new laptop (running on an up-to-date Windows 10).

    The game loaded fine but the screen is completely unreadable, the main menu squares are a block colour and the text is invisible, any ideas?


  11. Hi Dave

    Played the game fine (4 seasons in on one save) with multiple saves but when I tried to open up another game the restore game selection was blank and when trying to restore one, just takes me back to dos box. Not sure what I’ve done wrong as was working perfect!


  12. Hello thanks alot for this game! brings back memories. can i please ask how can we resize the window of the playing screen? it is very small. lol


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