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older games: stick w/XP or 8.1?


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#1 Mac29

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Posted 11 January 2016 - 11:11 AM

I play older games. System is really old. I use different drives vs. dual boot, and use 7 Pro for programming, etc. Would there be any drawback to sticking with XP for gaming (on another drive) vs. 8.1?

 

I only have 2GB of ram on this thing (don't think it's worth it to get more). Will 2GB ram hamper gaming if I run 8.1 (32b) on my game drive?

 

 

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Posted 11 January 2016 - 11:20 PM

I play older games. System is really old. I use different drives vs. dual boot, and use 7 Pro for programming, etc. Would there be any drawback to sticking with XP for gaming (on another drive) vs. 8.1?

 

I only have 2GB of ram on this thing (don't think it's worth it to get more). Will 2GB ram hamper gaming if I run 8.1 (32b) on my game drive?

 

 

Thanks,

 

Mac

 

It depends how old the games are. There are some really old games that only works with older versions of windows os. If you could get them to work on windows 8.1  you will be fine.

What are the games anyway?



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Posted 13 January 2016 - 10:57 AM

Some older games tend to have problems on newer hardware regardless of OS due to how the game is coded.  For instance, some games from the 1990's have issues with current processors and run too fast.  Games such as this may need an emulator like DOSBox to run.

 

GoG.com sells old games, wraps them in DOSBox, and preconfigures the emulator settings so they can run on modern hardware and operating systems.


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