one thing that would almost certainly work would be to install a free virtual pc program
I tried that and got a message that the personal XP operating system is not supported. I ignored that warning and succeeded in getting Microsmith to run in a virtual ME window. While trying to do an Alt-Print Screen, I got a stack overflow error. Presumably, the screen capture goes on the stack and the stack is not big enough to hold it. I don't remember much about configuring ME-DOS but it appears to me that even if I could implement the ME screen capture, it would not go into the XP clipboard.
Later ... I read how to do what I want to do on another group and it works. Boot the computer to DOS. Install Screen Thief. Run the DOS program. Do a <Ctrl><Alt><t> keystroke to send the DOS screen image to a floppy. Clumsy but effective. Thanks to everyone who responded. Best Regards, Cecil