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Downloaded a game that only runs on Windows XP for my Windows 7

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#1 calebmhartmann


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Posted 12 November 2013 - 11:56 AM

I downloaded a game that, after paying for it and downloading it, found out that the newest version of Windows it runs on is XP.  I went to Microsoft to find out how to get a virtual desktop to run the game but they're saying I need a different version of Windows 7 (I have Home Premium Edition).  I'm not sure what the right way is to go about fixing this issue and would love some advice...

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 12:13 PM

They are talking about Win 7 Professional, into which you can download and install the XP Virtual mode.
You can try running the game in Compatibility Mode.
What is the game.  Some old games just run anyway.

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 01:03 PM

The following is from the Windows website.
Warning: Do not use the Program Compatibility troubleshooter on older antivirus programs, disk utilities, or other system programs because it might cause data loss or create a security risk.
To run the Program Compatibility troubleshooter
Open the Program Compatibility troubleshooter by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type troubleshooter, and then click Troubleshooting. Under Programs, click Run programs made for previous versions of Windows.
Follow the instructions in the troubleshooter.
If you cannot install a program, insert the installation disc for the program and, using the troubleshooter, browse to the program's setup file, usually called Setup.exe, Install.exe, or something similar. The troubleshooter is not designed to work on programs that have an .msi file name extension..

Edited by hamluis, 13 November 2013 - 07:25 PM.
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Posted 13 November 2013 - 07:02 PM

If none of the above suggestions work for you there are two other options you might want to try, if you are seriously intent on running this game ( and any others that won't run on anything later than XP ).


They both depend on you having a valid copy of XP. The first is you can create a partition on your hard drive and install XP into it. This creates a dual-boot system and you choose which one you want to start at boot up time. Essentially you have a Win 7 and an XP computer inside the same box.


The other is to experiment with a virtual machine. When I tried this I used the free software from VMWare. You install the virtual machine and then install XP ( and any other operating system you want to try, such as Linux ) into the VM. To use it, you open the VM software and then choose the operating system you want to use. This works very well for some types of older software and less well for others. I found the frame rates in the MS Train Sim were very poor, so I discontinued it.


It's quite a lot of effort to go to get a game to run, but if you really want it !


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