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Retro PC gaming - how to play older games on a (reasonably) new PC)

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#1 jimbo1701


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Posted 08 November 2017 - 04:54 AM

Hi guys,


Thanks for taking the time to read this post. I am mid-30s, not particularly into gaming for the past decade but have recently dug out some classic PC games such as unreal, starcraft etc from the last 90s/early 00s. I'm using a fairly basic laptop that's about 4 years old now (windows 8) and it won't run most of them, and in some case only runs in a small window extremely fast.


As you may have guessed, my PC knowledge is fairly superficial and dated now and I was wondering if anyone had any (laymans) explanation as to why they don't run and any way around this, as I'd love to revisit some of them for nostalgia. Thanks,



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#2 JohnWJ


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Posted 26 November 2017 - 12:23 PM




An Australian Living in the USA

#3 WithoutTeeth


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Posted 27 November 2017 - 09:08 AM

StarCraft? Which part? You can download / buy Blood War Remaster version, it should work. Gameplay has not changed at all, only graphics. You can also run programs that are compatible with Windows 98 or XP, but that only helped me once.

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 02:26 PM

I'm hopeful you found a solution, since this is 10 days old. Have you tried Compatibility mode? You can right-click on the .exe file, then find Troubleshoot Compatibility and then follow the wizard. There are other ways to use Compatibility mode, ex. from Control Panel. I'm a mouse user but I know you can do the same in 8/8.1.


I hope that helps. If not, let us know the errors/screens you get and we'll try again.




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