Posted 17 October 2012 - 02:17 PM
Help me, PC brain trust.
I have a bevy of Janeís flying games that I used to play on my old systems. I recently retired my franken-tower to the basement to serve as a NAS box for docs and media, and I put an off-lease Optiplex 755 on the main desk upstairs for a family computer, running WinXP Pro. Itís certainly got the hardware specs to run my old games, but I canít get them to install. The old system dual boots XP Home and Win98. I can play the games out of 98, but I canít get them to install on XP Home. I know in the past I was able to install and play them on the XP Home partition, but I had to reimage back to a point before the games were on there and now after all the system updates they wonít go back on.
Hereís the behavior (both XP machines):
Load install disc (in this case Janeís USAF, but the behavior is the same for all games I've tried).
Autoplay brings up splash screen.
Splash screen disappears, icon spins for ten seconds.
Nothing else happens.
Process ďsetup.exeĒ is in task manager, doing nothing.
No error messages, no program events, nothing.
Hereís what Iíve tried:
Ensure Iím using admin account, fail.
Disable virus scan, fail.
Disable firewall, fail.
Compatibility mode, fail.
Mount ISO to virtual drive, fail.
Copy disc to HDD and run, fail.
Rename executable file, fail.
Write new ISO with renamed exe, mount and run, fail.
Burn new ISO to disc and run, fail.
Install games to VM running Win98, install success but game wonít run for lack of hardware virtualization (video).
Install games to laptop running Win7, install success but game won't run in any compatibility mode.
I have no problems with other executables for various programs, this behavior is specific to games (so far, Janes and Microprose). I am at witís end. Everything works fine when I boot up the 98 partition on the basement NAS. Iíve got good hardware, software and media, so what can I do to force XP to install my games?