There are a couple of threads below involving Sudo, who is recommending a Linux option. I'm no expert on computers, but that is something I've been seriously thinking about. My old computer, on which I've played these games very happily for over 15 years, is failing, and it's getting more and more difficult to run them under modern Windoze systems.
I know no more about operating software than you do, but when he and Bones get a system sorted out, I'm going to piggyback on their knowledge so I can play the games again. I wouldn't mind being able to play some of the old MS-DOS games again, either – I've not been able to play WoX for many a year.