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how can i play in window xp game in window 7

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#1 raazxt


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Posted 14 September 2013 - 07:00 AM

my nfs game was run in window xp but it cannot be open in window 7 please help i really want to play this game.

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 08:18 AM

Windows 7 has a feature called Program Compatibility which can run some older software.


Make older programs run in this version of Windows

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 03:44 PM

To add to what DC3 was saying, there are two other ways to get an XP game to run on a Win 7 computer. Both methods require that you have a valid install copy of XP. If his advice about compatibility mode works for you, then this is by far the simplest way to get an older game to run on Win 7, but there are some games that will not run in Win 7, whatever you do. I know – I’ve got one of them !  The problem with this one is a missing DX file. I have a copy of this ‘missing’ file, it’s in the system folder and it’s still not recognised. And I have no intention of re-writing my registry just to get a game to run.


The simpler of the two requires that you set up a virtual machine – I used the free one from VMWare. Once you have installed this, you then install XP into the VM, and then the game. This works, but not all games will run very well in a VM. I did it to get the MS TrainSim to run – which it did, but at shockingly low fame rates. But some ancient 16 bit CAD software ran very well in it.


The other method requires that you set up a second partition on your hard drive so as to create a dual boot machine – Win 7 and XP. You install XP into this new partition. You will probably require chipset, audio and video drivers, as well as security and internet drivers if this is an on-line game. What you are doing here is setting up a second computer in parallel with your Win 7 one, hence the need for drivers etc.. Then install the game, and you should find it runs just as it did on your XP computer.


The only difference you will find is that when you boot, you will be presented with a boot screen asking which operating system you want to boot into.


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