why do all my Windows XP games crash on Windows 8?

April 13, 2013 at 11:34:32
Specs: Windows 8
why do all my games crash now im using windows 8 when they never before using windows xp on a slower pc

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April 13, 2013 at 13:50:55
They are most likely not compatible with Windows 8.
Windows 8 architecture is considerably different to that of Windows XP and you probably need to upgrade to the latest versions of those games.

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April 13, 2013 at 14:41:43
Did you try them in compatibility mode?

Win 8 rejects 16 bit stuff of-course but I've found it surprisingly tolerant of old programs.

I'm not a gamer but maybe the names of the games would help if someone else looks at this post.

Found this in relation to another post - might be of interest:

Another thought is that it might be a permissions issue. Try installing them somewhere in your user area rather than in "Program Files (x86)".

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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April 15, 2013 at 14:10:49
You didn't list the system specs or any game titles. Maybe your Win8 system isn't a gamer? We have no idea what you have or what you've tried so far. How about WinXP compatibility mode, have you tried that?

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April 15, 2013 at 16:05:37
hi, it an athlon cpu.(piledriver 4.2ghz 8 core) 16 mb ram ddr3, 2 meg nvidia graphics card....etc you get the idea. All games crash some more than others i got far cry 3 that crashes nearly every time i play it, but sometimes i can be on it over an hour before it crashes and other times only a matter of mins.... A bad one is f1 2012 normally after 5 to 10 mins.. I have however played eve online and had no crash issues as of yet but this is the only game and ive not played it that much on this pc....thanks for all the feed back so far btw...

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April 17, 2013 at 06:28:15

Make sure that you have the most up to date drivers for all of your hardware including video card and chipset. Additionally, make sure you have windows update enabled, there has been a lot of patching and bug fixes being released as of late. (Windows key + F opens the search charm, select "Settings" as your criteria and then type windows update, go in and configure your system to update.

Please reply with any updates.

I'm here to help,

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April 18, 2013 at 10:34:54
Thanks for the info guys ive looked and everything is up to date, windows update is on so maybe its just a case of waiting for the right update :/

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April 21, 2013 at 05:52:05
Did you save your old XP Computer? If so use it for the games. Or if it was me I would sell the one you have and buy one with XP or 7.

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