Old games; new computer system

June 20, 2007 at 14:06:01
Specs: Windows XP, Custom
I have like 15 old games that wont work anymore. (im using Windows XP right now)
cammand and Conquer 1, red alert
age of empires

I keep getting an error message saying it cant run on MS DOS or other windows applications. on the top it says 16 Bit (if that helps). If anyone knows how i can still play these oldies without buying some old computer or switching windows can you tell me? maybe a program or something...

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June 20, 2007 at 15:41:38
Google the exact error message there is an executable you can run to patch Windows. Try switching your desktop to 16 bit as well. If I remember correctly it says something about the ms-dos subsystem and there is a patch from Microsoft or similar, but I also can't remember if I was successful in getting it to work either, or whether the instance was from an older game like yours.

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June 20, 2007 at 16:11:53
Did you try them in compatibility mode?

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June 20, 2007 at 18:02:03
These were Dos Games. You need an emulator for it to work properly under Win XP. You need DosBox to run the game. Download it from here, you need the Windows version:


Install, read the readme file and enjoy!

Some of them were old Windows game. Try the compatibility mode depending to the game requirements (ie. Windows 95 or 98)

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June 21, 2007 at 08:00:43
For C&C 1:

is it c&c win95 version?

if so browse the cd and choose windows 95 compatability for all .exe's you can find on the cd. you might have to do each one individually as for some reason selecting and changing them all at once doesnt work.
Just make sure to get the exe's changed for the autorun and setup, install etc.

then download this:


For Red Alert:

make all exe's on install disk: win95 compatible

make all exe's in install dir: win95 compatible

Download C&CRA_Patch.zip
extract the dll from c&cra_patch to install directory

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