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32 bit, 64-bit, and my ability to play old games


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#1 winsordawson

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 01:37 PM

I was looking into buying a new computer when I came to a page asking me to choose between a 64 bit and 32 bit. Although I was orgianlly persuaded to choose 64 bit because of its continued use in the future, I have found out that 32-bit games will not play on a 64-bit without the necessary drivers. But since I sometimes like playing old games, like Empire Earth I or Total Annihilation, I think I may go with 32-bit.

Will game compatibility down the road be an issue if I use 32-bit but have top-of-the-line video card, RAM, processor, and hard drive? I would rather go with 64 -bit, if anyone has a way to play old games on it. Thanks for the help.

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 02:47 PM

I am running 64-bit vista, and I have been able to play older games. I'm not sure how old the games you listed are, but I've been able to play starcraft, diablo 2, and the original command and conquer from I think 1995. They ran no problem, but sometimes it helps if you run them in compatibility mode.

I think you should be alright, and there are probably some fixes you could do anyway if you did run into a problem.
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Posted 14 December 2008 - 02:33 PM

Thanks for the help!

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 12:42 AM

If anyone else has any inputs, they're greatly welcomed!

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 11:19 PM

I've been using Vista 64-bit since launch and I haven't had any problems related to games. Games should not have to install drivers. When they do, they are usually related to copy protection. WOW64 allows for 32-bit software to run in 64-bit Windows. Really old games, those which use 16-bit code will not run on Vista 64-bit. If the game is extremely old, say from the early 90's, and it can run in a 32-bit environment, you may have other problems. I tried running an old game and my processor was too fast, I had to use a DOS emulator to run it without any issues. This issue is not related to the OS, but to the hardware itself.

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 03:56 PM

I've tried running Command and Conquer, but I have no luck, in compatibility mode or otherwise. It just automatically stops me as soon as I try to install.

I can understand not actually running an older program, but it's criminal that they don't give you any way to actually install the files onto my computer. If I want a file on my computer, I should be able to put it on there.

If I could install it, my odds of being able to actually play the game would greatly increase.

...and now I'm ranting.

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 08:04 PM

What happens when you try to install it? I've run the original C&C from my vista ultimate 64-bit machine, even though it is the updated version off the "First Decade" dvd set.
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Posted 15 March 2009 - 02:17 AM

ive had hit and miss with old games on my vista 64 bit machine. for the most part they all work but on occasion I get a really weird incompatibility issue. For example, I have an old rainbow six game and an expansion pack/extras cd for it. the game itself, ran fine no problems, but the expansion pack was incompatible with 64 bit operating systems. go figure. but oh well lol. :D

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