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Old PC games on XP - 23/11/2008 8:17:31 PM   
giddig


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Is there a way to make old (well 95, 98) games work properly on XP.

I am close to trying to buy an old, cheap laptop just so I can play Age of Empire 2, Dark Forces 2 and AVP Gold!

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RE: Old PC games on XP - 23/11/2008 9:23:51 PM   
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On the desktop shortcut, right click and select Properties. You should be able to select a compatability mode and set it to the original operating system for the game.

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RE: Old PC games on XP - 23/11/2008 9:29:27 PM   
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Or, failing that, try a DOS emulator like DOSBox (click).

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RE: Old PC games on XP - 23/11/2008 9:35:18 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Olaf

On the desktop shortcut, right click and select Properties. You should be able to select a compatability mode and set it to the original operating system for the game.


Will this work for Vista too?


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RE: Old PC games on XP - 23/11/2008 9:40:20 PM   
Olaf


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quote:

ORIGINAL: Mojo

quote:

ORIGINAL: Olaf

On the desktop shortcut, right click and select Properties. You should be able to select a compatability mode and set it to the original operating system for the game.


Will this work for Vista too?



Don't know about Vista, but Google threw up this:
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/using-windows-vista-compatibility-mode/



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RE: Old PC games on XP - 23/11/2008 9:44:21 PM   
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Cheers will give it a go.

EDIT: I tried it but can't see how to get them to even install on the PC so it can be made compatible. Curses! Does that mean the DOS emulator thingy is the next possible step?

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RE: Old PC games on XP - 24/11/2008 7:34:42 AM   
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It's a nightmare trying to play some old games. Dosbox will work for some but not all. I've got stuff like Prince Of Persia and Civilsation to play, but there's bunch games that it won't. I want to play Outlaws again




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RE: Old PC games on XP - 24/11/2008 10:41:01 PM   
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I had assumed that a newer, higher spec PC would just play old games REALLY well. How very wrong I was. I think I may just hunt down an old, cheap laptop or something.

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