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Can Win 7 32/64-bit can run old games?

By cool.dx.rip ยท 8 replies
Feb 16, 2013
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  1. Guys recently I am going to buy a new computer.Here is the config which would like this:
    Processor:core i3 3rd gen/core I 5 2500k
    Ram:8 gb ddr3 1600mhz
    Graphics:ATI 7770/7850
    OS:win 7 32/64 bit
    I want to play those games which was released from 1995-2006.I know I can play latest game smoothly but I also want to play old games.Can this game can be run of this config smoothly or tell me which I can play?
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    Short answer, yes.

    Longer answer, some of the ones from the 90s might require 9x/DOS. Compatibility mode and DOSBox should get you through most of them.
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  3. Adamking

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  4. bazz2004

    bazz2004 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,540   +242

    I dumped my pre-XP games apart from Hogs of War by Infogrames which I found quirky and addictive. I can't get it running under XP though I found some who claim success by fiddling with the compatibility settings. Strangely I have run it in XP and even Windows 7 but never more than once. It locks up and dies. I'm quite a fan of VMware Player and managed to install Windows 98. I installed Hogs of War and shock horror it doesn't run. From what I've read, any Windows OS before Windows 2000 will not support 3D graphics when run as a virtual OS. That makes it pretty useless to use a virtual OS for early games.

    I'm mightily miffed at all the time I've wasted and would suggest that anyone interested in reviving a collection of classic games buy a really old computer for that purpose. I'm sure there are specialist ways of running pre-XP games but that in itself is likely to require a lot of time and expertise. Support for classic gamers from Microsoft and virtual machine companies is sadly lacking. Roll on development of a 3D acceleration option in VMware Player tools for Windows 98 or even less likely a release of Hogs of War II.
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  5. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Might be because 3D acceleration back then was quite chip-specific - I remember having different game executables for Rendition Verite, 3dfx Voodoo, S3 Virge, Matrox G200, etc.

    Thanks to 3dfx technical documentation being available, Dosbox has 3dfx emulation: http://ykhwong.x-y.net/
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  6. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,247   +448

    Glide used to be so fast back in the day - too bad it was limited to 16-bit color.
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  7. bazz2004

    bazz2004 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,540   +242

    Those old games cost a lot of money at the timer so it hurts to have to dump them. I suppose most of them were pretty poor by today's standards though. Playability is the thing and there must be at least a dozen Windows 95/98 games which still have strong appeal. If only some company with the expertise could buy the rights and make the modifications necessary for them to run under Windows 7. Such a compilation could be a big seller. Include Hogs of War and I'd buy it.
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  8. cool.dx.rip

    cool.dx.rip TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 38

    Thanks you every one
  9. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,247   +448

    Even some of the old games I buy on Steam launch with dosbox. I think it's worth learning how to get around on it for the really old stuff.

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