Getting older games to run in vista

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Games' started by cherokeeblade, Apr 21, 2007.

  1. Hi
    Im not a windows vista expert and I'm not very good at explaining. But bare
    with me.
    So far after upgrading al the drivers and essental programs to get vista to
    run. the biggest headaches come in when comes to games. Lot older games that
    will never be patch. because company out of buisness or to costly to patch.
    So this what I been doing big headache and not recommended for the casual
    vista user. First right click or is left click and drop the program to xp
    capatability mode. this helps in some games but not all. If this does not fix
    the problem. where it say advance mode on that screen go in and give the game
    full admin rights by clicking the boxes and saving it under admin or user.
    Yes it open up a security issue. but it will let the sub rutines access
    programs that the main gaming screen won't let you access because a pop up
    behind it keep asking for admistaration rights.
    This should clear up some gaming problems. If that don't work do all the
    above then go into the registry and System INi. any place that has a user ID
    need to be change to admistartor id. and the game should work. So far I been
    able to get 75% of my older games to work this way. with out a patch. It a
    big headache and lot of debugging. and some people don't want to spend hour
    to debug and are affraid of changing registry values.
    Microsoft should included a pop up or drop down back to xp or previous
    window version. Like did in the old days when Win98 would reboot back to dos
    so a older game could run. The capatability program that included in Vista
    does not work in all games. Just like in xp when we try to play old win95 or
    98. You think someone had the brains to leave more capatability in vista.
    TIll the Programing industry caught up. Heck I still see lot buisness that
    run win3.1 and never upgraded to Xp. Because of the cost. But microsoft in it
    great wisdom just think how much money they make and not other companies .Who
    give up on a project or program because there 50% into and darn if Microsoft
    comes out with a new Os before they finish.
    Oh one other thing too. some games may need a older direct x dll or peice
    of programing and again if you have patence you need to drag and drop these
    into the system 32 directory. Bad draw back don't reboot or Vista will deleat
    these files. AUghhhh. or blue screen you double Aughhhhhhhhhh.
    But if you enjoy some old game. all I can say get your thinking cap on and
    get ready for lot of debugging to get it to run.
    But I hope this help some. If not feel free to flame the heck out me. I di
    not cause this problem of incapatable gaiming issue. GO flame microsoft and
    ask who really thinking up there? Money or the vista programmer? That why I
    quit money out way more then my opions and issues with OS changes did.
    Bad thing I have friend who has a mac. and he can run both mac, windows and
    linux on his new system and all he does is push a button and the whole screen
    rotates to that os and runs. Hmmmm If apple can do this why can't microsoft.
    It all about control and Microsoft is controling there OS to much. Yet they
    tell other OS companie they can not. TO me Vista should been able to run Mac
    software just like they made Apple do in there os. should be fair and Apple
    should said hey RUn my mac OS in windows. not just a one way street. THink
    about it. Next time you look at a Mac pc or Notebook. How come they can run
    more then 1 os and yet vista can only run vista. Oh yes you can run the other
    os's if you do a lot of spending and downloading and programing. But should
    you? It should been stander like on Mac and Apple machines. Hmmmmmmmmm
    Sorry about the rant. But When I saw what a mac can do now and I Was
    against Macs and apples. Now I'm thinking of getting one there notebooks
    since it can run windows with a flip of a button.
    C.O.G. Michael
    cherokeeblade, Apr 21, 2007
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