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How can I run an old game on a new computer??

December 18, 2010 at 08:53:07
Specs: Windows XP

I've got some OLD games, more particularly, Might and Magic 7, 8, and 9. I used to play them on an old Win 98 system and I think that they worked on the Win ME system but now I use Win XP and they don't want to run. I load them up without a hitch but when I click to play things stop working. The loading screen shows up and goes away like normal then... nothing. No Error Message. No End Program. Is there some sort of patch or bypass that I can install to run these games?? I also have the same problem with Diablo II but that program is not needed. I appreciate your time and help!

P.S. I have had the same problem on many different computers


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#1
December 18, 2010 at 09:15:00

U can try compatibility mode or use DOS BOX.

We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let he who desires piece prepare for war - PROPHET.


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December 18, 2010 at 09:25:07

Windows 98 was a DOS kernel operating system while XP belongs to the NT family of environments like Vista and 7.

If the legacy games are DOS applications you can install DOSbox (free) and then run them inside it.

If however they are Windows 9X ganes, you can try to run in Win 98 compatibility mode; if that fails, your last chance is to run them inside a virtual machine like MS Virtual PC (free and working under XP Home too). In this case however you need to install inside the virtual PC a legal copy of Windows 98, so you need to get the installation CD.

The setup is quite easy and result assured, but the guest OS must be on hand.


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