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Win7 Compatability of Old Games

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Topic: Win7 Compatability of Old Games
Posted By: MotoriousRacing
Subject: Win7 Compatability of Old Games
Date Posted: 06 Dec 2009 at 10:03pm
So I loaded my favorite games suite today on my new rig, Command and Conquer Decade, only to find it is not Win7 compatable. 
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/windows-7/en-us/Details.aspx?type=Software&p=Command%20%26%20Conquer%3A%20The%20First%20Decade&v=EA&uid=&pf=0&pi=8&c=PC%20Gaming&sc=Strategy&os=64-bit - http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/windows-7/en-us/Details.aspx?type=Software&p=Command%20%26%20Conquer%3A%20The%20First%20Decade&v=EA&uid=&pf=0&pi=8&c=PC%20Gaming&sc=Strategy&os=64-bit
 
Aarrrgggghhhh!!!! Angry   I guess I will be keeping my old rig (WinXP) right next to the new one (since it looks to be the case with EVERY game I own), assuming my wife will even hear of it (she wants that boat anchor gone!!)
 
Does anyone have an idea whether EA or MS will make a patch for this or am I SOL and need to spend $100 on a bunch of new games?
 
Also, does anyone know if any games will only be Win7 32-bit compatable?


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Posted By: Ryan44
Date Posted: 07 Dec 2009 at 3:21am
No idea on the EA Patch.
 
I think MOH Allied Assault is also incompatible with Win 7. Tried it, keeps crashing.
 
My copy of Generals works, I'm happy to say.


Posted By: Twinax
Date Posted: 08 Dec 2009 at 9:45am
Can't you put Win 7 into XP mode ??
 
I don't know how but I guess I could find out
 
Twinax


Posted By: MotoriousRacing
Date Posted: 08 Dec 2009 at 10:26am
Originally posted by Twinax

Can't you put Win 7 into XP mode ??
 
I don't know how but I guess I could find out
 
Twinax
hmmmm...  I would like to know much more about that, but if you have seen my other thread, I have spent every spare moment of my time (and some time away from my family), during my first week of ownership shaking down my new rig.
 
Based on the MS link above to the Windows7 Compatability Center, I would think if it was as easy as switching to XP mode to make games compatable, it would just say they are compatable.  EDIT - compatible (sorry about the constant sp errors Embarrassed).   My guess is if t here is an XP mode, it is likely just a "classic view" to the standard windows.
 
Let us know!!


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Posted By: loyalcustomer
Date Posted: 08 Dec 2009 at 4:05pm
This thread may help you http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/316-compatibility-mode.html - http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/316-compatibility-mode.html .  It shows how to put a program in to compatability mode.  Not sure if C&C will work, but it's worth a shot.  Good Luck.


Posted By: MotoriousRacing
Date Posted: 08 Dec 2009 at 4:20pm
Originally posted by loyalcustomer

This thread may help you http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/316-compatibility-mode.html - http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/316-compatibility-mode.html .  It shows how to put a program in to compatability mode.  Not sure if C&C will work, but it's worth a shot.  Good Luck.
Awsome, thanks.  Once I get the OS running good, I'm all over that.

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Posted By: IDRick
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2010 at 2:20pm
Originally posted by MotoriousRacing

Originally posted by loyalcustomer

This thread may help you http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/316-compatibility-mode.html - http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/316-compatibility-mode.html .  It shows how to put a program in to compatability mode.  Not sure if C&C will work, but it's worth a shot.  Good Luck.
Awsome, thanks.  Once I get the OS running good, I'm all over that.


Did it work for you MotoriousRacing?


Posted By: MotoriousRacing
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2010 at 6:43pm
Originally posted by IDRick

Originally posted by MotoriousRacing

Originally posted by loyalcustomer

This thread may help you http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/316-compatibility-mode.html - http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/316-compatibility-mode.html .  It shows how to put a program in to compatability mode.  Not sure if C&C will work, but it's worth a shot.  Good Luck.
Awsome, thanks.  Once I get the OS running good, I'm all over that.


Did it work for you MotoriousRacing?
 
I never got to try...  I RMAd my CP rig for refund for unknown freezing issues, then I finally decided to build my own.  I will get the last component, the GPU on Thursday.
 
Part of that decision was to avoid WIN7 and stick with my old copy of XP so I can play all my old games.  I did a small amount of research and read that compatability mode is mostly for productivity software, and programs already compatable with Win7.  It is to help them run/display better.
 
I believe that if MS tells a software is not compatable per the link on the original post, it won't magically start working in compatablity mode.
 
While I had my rig and was testing I did load C&C Decade and it didn't run.  Did NOT get to try compatability mode though.  On the MS link above, it tells that C&C Decade won't run, so I wasn't surprised...  just disappointed.  What was really disappointing is that C&C Decade has Generals and Final Hour; each of the 10-12 games in the Decade bumdle have their own key; Generals and Final Hour aren't compatible from within C&C Decade, but they are on their own.
 
Maybe since you revived this thread, others can share their successes and failures running old games, especially when compared to the Win7 compatibility link above.


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Posted By: Atranox
Date Posted: 13 Feb 2010 at 10:42pm
If you like C&C, you should really try out COmpany of Heroes. It's a great RTS.

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Posted By: jhughes2466
Date Posted: 14 Feb 2010 at 6:24am
No need for compatibility mode lol.

Download VDM Sound and Dosbox.

Install C&C and make sure you know where the program is... lets pretend its in C:/C&C

First the easiest way is to take the shortcut to C&C and right click and them left click with run with VDM Sound. Sometimes it just works, but if it doesn't then its not hard.

Open DosBox and you'll see a dos screen essentially and the drive letter will be Z: or something. You have to mount your drive where C&C is installed.

So type mount c c:/c&c (Where it's installed)

It should say mounted, so now type C: and hit enter.
You should now be on the "C" mounted drive which is your C&C folder.

Type Dir to make sure. Now simply type whatever the .exe file is to open it. like C&C.exe and hit enter. It'll work, I'm almost 90% sure. I haven't met a game I wasn't able to run in DosBox yet. Even if it doesn't work there are ways to tweak it for compatbility, so let me know.


Posted By: MotoriousRacing
Date Posted: 14 Feb 2010 at 9:18am
Originally posted by Atranox

If you like C&C, you should really try out COmpany of Heroes. It's a great RTS.
 
Looks right down my alley, thanks for the recommendation.   There is a Gold vesion that has the original and Opposing fronts for about $28.
 
I'll probably pick up a copy.
 
 


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Posted By: MotoriousRacing
Date Posted: 14 Feb 2010 at 9:20am
Originally posted by jhughes2466

No need for compatibility mode lol.

Download VDM Sound and Dosbox.

Install C&C and make sure you know where the program is... lets pretend its in C:/C&C

First the easiest way is to take the shortcut to C&C and right click and them left click with run with VDM Sound. Sometimes it just works, but if it doesn't then its not hard.

Open DosBox and you'll see a dos screen essentially and the drive letter will be Z: or something. You have to mount your drive where C&C is installed.

So type mount c c:/c&c (Where it's installed)

It should say mounted, so now type C: and hit enter.
You should now be on the "C" mounted drive which is your C&C folder.

Type Dir to make sure. Now simply type whatever the .exe file is to open it. like C&C.exe and hit enter. It'll work, I'm almost 90% sure. I haven't met a game I wasn't able to run in DosBox yet. Even if it doesn't work there are ways to tweak it for compatbility, so let me know.
 
Thanks j-, but it turns out to be a moot point for me.  I RMAed my CP rig, built my own and loaded my XP.  My old games run just fine.  Haven't tried any new ones yet, but I'm sure XP will handle them, and my rig seems strong enough.
 


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Posted By: jhughes2466
Date Posted: 14 Feb 2010 at 10:06am
Awesome XP is the best OS Microshaft has ever produced anyway... its what I'm running on this system.



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