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There is probably some way of copying the files without needing to retype them:
The 386 machine probably has a floppy. You can probably buy/borrow a USB floppy drive for the laptop.
Or, you could buy/borrow a USB to RS232 adapter for the laptop, and use the serial ports. (you might have to write your own serial transfer program on both computers.)
Or, you can install an Ethernet adapter in the 386, if you can find one with a DOS driver on a floppy. But then you would still need some sort of transfer software. Maybe find a DOS FTP client on a floppy?
Perhaps you could buy/borrow a USB to IDE adapter, take the hard disk out of the 386, and hook it up to the laptop through the adapter. I assume it's IDE and not SCSI...
If your Windows 7 is 32 bit, then it has a DOS emulator, NTVDM, which will allow you some DOS functionality. However, it won't allow you to make your DOS programs full screen. If your Windows 7 is 64 bit, then it does not have NTVDM. In either case, you can install your own DOS emulator, such as DOSBox, or even a full machine emulator, such as Bochs or QEMU, into which you can install your choice of DOS version, perhaps FreeDOS or Caldera OpenDOS.
QB64 is a project under current development to provide a modern compiler compatible with QBASIC/QuickBASIC. It has a high degree of compatibility with QBASIC, and it is being improved:
>If I use the DOS Prompt on my new machine, does it truly run in DOS, ie in the original DOS memory space, etc, or just a Windows mimicking of it, c/w interrupts(ions)?
The Windows Command Prompt, "cmd.exe", is not a DOS prompt at all. It is a Windows command prompt, as is Power Shell. If your Windows is 32 bit, not 64 bit, then you have a DOS emulator, NTVDM, and a DOS prompt, "command.com". If you have 64 bit Windows, then there is no DOS environment at all, unless you install your own emulator.
NTVDM allows the DOS program to run directly on the actual microprocessor, which is switched into v86 mode for real mode DOS programs (like QBASIC), or can be in protected mode for protected mode DOS programs (like Heretic or Quake). If the DOS program attempts to access hardware directly, the attempt is caught by NTVDM, which either emulates the hardware access, or tells you that it can't. NTVDM emulates MS-DOS 5.0.
DOSBox does not let the DOS program run on the actual microprocessor. Instead, DOSBox emulates the microprocessor as well as the DOS environment.
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