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Old 10-20-2003, 19:02   #1 (permalink)
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Win 95 Games on Win XP How?

As the thread title states, if anyone can tell me how to install my Win 95 version of C&C Red Alert onto my current Win XP setup I would greatly appreciate it.

A friend once told me you needed to modify the compatibilty settings, if that's true where is the option located to change it?

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Compatibility settings are located in the properties for the shortcut (or executable) for the game.

Right click > properties > conpatibility (tab)
Then check the run this program in compatibility mode and select which operating system to "emulate"
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OK tryed that, still says it's a Win 95 program only..
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Re: Win 95 Games on Win XP How?

doesnt always work tho.

classic example i came across is Transport Tycoon. of course this isnt so much a win95 game as it was a DOS game. because of the way it wanted to interact with the sound card(DOS gurus will know what i'm on about) aswell as other things like display, and most importantly memory, it just would not run. well, it would, for about a minute.

XP(and NT dirivatives) do not like things accessing hardware directly at all, which DOS games grew up on working that way.(its as if its racist.. you can tell xp to be polite but it dont make it any less racist)

ps: to fix the issue, i downloaded a 'windows' version of the game which someone managed to create.
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redalert 1 huh? sorry didnt read your post correctly.. i've got that at home.. i'll see if i can get it to work tonight.
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I know it doesn't always work, there have been a couple of cases where it didn't work for me, is usually worth a try though
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Re: Win 95 Games on Win XP How?

Do you know what the executable filename is that starts the game??

If so go to a DOS prompt and get into the directory where the executable is stored and type the following
eg: C:\GameDir\>loadhigh [executablefilename.exe]

where executablefilename.exe is the name of the game (might have a bat/com extension) without the []'s around it if ya get the drift :)
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Re: Win 95 Games on Win XP How?

Wolf 3D works fine in XP.

Don't know about Commander Keen though.
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Re: Win 95 Games on Win XP How?

heh, this is going to sound ultra sucky, but in a lot of these cases, its much easier to simply install 95/98 (98se even better) somewhere and have a dual-boot system. Even when you get the game running, getting stuff like sound to work is usually nigh on impossible. You'll probably spend less time installing 98 than you will mucking around with the settings and still failing.

I think keen works - i seem to remember downloading and playing it a while back under xp . . .
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From memory there is a patch released by westwood to get some versions of C&C working under XP... Try having a look on their web site, I'm pretty sure I've got the patch here on CD somewhere, I'll have a look later when I've got time...
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