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Getting Old Games To Run in Windows XP Print E-mail
Written by Daniel Westerstal   
Friday, 28 April 2006
You have finally found the game you’ve always been looking for but can’t run it on Windows XP. Well have faith and keep reading, will help you out.


A lot of things have changed since Windows 95 and 98 were launched. There are new drivers, new versions of Direct X and other similar programs. All this can make games designed for DOS or Windows 95/98/ME a real pain to run with Windows XP.

There are however some tricks that you can perform to get your games running and relive those old days.


DOS Games are often easier to run with Windows XP mainly because the system has better support for a pure DOS environment. If a game doesn’t work however you can always try to turn off the sound.

To play DOS Games with sound you need VDMSound and DOSBox. VDMSound simulates a Sound Blaster card and DOSBox is a simulated environment for DOS and works like any other program. It can however difficult to master since you have to mount volumes and CD-rom drives, be sure to read the help files before starting.

Windows 95/98/ME

These games are the toughest to run in Windows XP. To save you some troubles look the game up at which is a huge list of games that has been tested with Windows XP. You can also check the game box, if it says Windows NT4 or Windows 2000 the game has a higher probability to work on a XP system.

Install the game that you want to run using the conventional method. If the installation program won’t start (which is often case) copy the whole CD over to your hard-drive and try to run the game directly from the CD. On some games this method work nicely on some it doesn’t work at all.

If the game doesn’t work after installation for various reasons try the following:

1. Go to the directory you have installed the game in and right click on the .exe or .bat file used to run the game. Select properties and then click the compatibility –tab.

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