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I want to play some old games from like the windows 95/98 era but as you know that stuff won't run on windows xp, but my freind alwase does without errors. He told me that he messed with like some windows batch file or somthing. How do I do that?
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Try right clicking on the exe file for the app you want to run... click on the 'compatibility' tab and then switch it to the OS you want it to run under. You should keep in mind that you might need to change the res and colors alowed for the app too. good luck!
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seeing as though 95 and 98 are DOS based OS...try creating a MS-DOS boot floppy and executing from inside DOS rather than windows
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Try right clicking on the exe file for the app you want to run... click on the 'compatibility' tab and then switch it to the OS you want it to run under. You should keep in mind that you might need to change the res and colors alowed for the app too. good luck!
That is how I would do it.
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There's a few good emulators you could try. These include DOS Box and VDM Sound. They're a little tricky to setup, and they don't always work, but they do support many old games. Only problem is that emulating these old machines takes a lot of proc power. On the other hand, you could do what I did and just scrounge around for an old PII or Pentium system to use as a DOS/Win 3.1/Win 95 system.
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No floppy drive so that's out, I have tryed dosbox but never got it to work, and my PIII 755mhz rig is out due to hd problems. Does anyone know about some sort of batch file editing thing I can do? I am gojng to try the compatibility thing now though.
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Originally Posted by pjnt
Try right clicking on the exe file for the app you want to run... click on the 'compatibility' tab and then switch it to the OS you want it to run under. You should keep in mind that you might need to change the res and colors alowed for the app too. good luck!
Like said above this is what i have to do also. Its pretty much the main method of things so i would give it ago before something Like an Emulater or Vmware.
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Then again, there are a lot of games that won't work because XP just doesn't have stuff like XMS in it. Also, some games do not like anything except for the genuine SoundBlaster cards (no clones, trust me on this). In my DOS machine, I have a SoundBlaster 16 from 1994 to do the job for sound. Generally, Creative cards work the best for old games. Sometimes, the games will run on Windows ME. This is how I finally beat Lucas Arts' Day of the Tentacle.
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The compatibility thing didn't work.
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did you make certain that the resolution was 640x480, and number of colours is set to 256.... actually did you check all the boxes for everything? try this :
>Click on the Start button.
>Go to All Programs then to Accessories.
>Select the Program Compatibility Wizard.
>Select for it to look into the CD drive.
>Choose for it to run in Windows 98/ME mode.

but that is just another way to do the first post. That said, windows is strange like that sometimes.

another last ditch effort, would be to set the compatibility and then try run the file through a dos screen. I used that to get Armada 2525 running.

If none of those work, you might have to partition your HD and install an earlier version of windows, or even dos 3.1 - but when doing so it is better to install XP after, so the boot wizard that comes with XP detects the other OS and gives you a prompt when you turn it on. Lastly... you could always dig up an old 286/386/486 and have a second system to run the older programs.

Sorry first not work, try these!
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