Are 98 games XP compatible?

By DarthKalo ยท 5 replies
Jun 7, 2008
  1. I was wanting to buy Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II but am unsure whether it is compatible with Windows XP. The game is designed for Windows 95,ME and 98. I know there is a version designed for XP only, but I was hoping to go the cheaper route. does any one know if there is a patch or anything that could help me play that version on my XP OS?
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Yes, most of them are.
  3. Fragrant Coit

    Fragrant Coit TS Guru Posts: 363

    If it fails to run or runs weird, find the .exe for the game, right click on it, select PROPERTIES, then COMPATABILITY. You can tell it to run as '98 etc.
  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    most are, if you have issues run them in 98 compatibility mode. right-click on the file and select properties and go from there.
  5. DarthKalo

    DarthKalo TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks guys!
  6. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,431   +77

    If the game needs to start from Dos (i.e. starts a Dos window and tries to run it in the window), you can get the most recalcitrant Dos progrms to work as follows....go into Control Panel/system and click the advanced tab. Now the environment settings button.

    To user variables, add variable 'files' and put a value 80 or more. For system variables. the value 'ComSpec' will currently point to cmd.exe. Change that to and reboot. You will now find that every dos program icon properties is newly-endowed with several extra tabs, including critically a memory tab, where setting EMS to zero will make a world of difference, and if your PC memory exceeds 500Mb, you must also switch OFF 'uses HMA'.
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