PlayingAge of Empires and Age of Empires War Chiefs with Vista - no internet connection

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by twigatorme, Jun 28, 2009.

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    twigatorme Guest

    Our PC is often corrupted by children's internet use. My partner wanted
    a second PC with no internet connection just for these games but the new
    PC we bought for his birthday won't play the games. Retailer said they
    wont play on Vista (didnt tell us this at the time we bought it and
    explined what we wanted it for):eek:but we might be able to download
    something to enable it to play on Vista - defeats teh object of having a
    PC free from internet corruption. Advice welcome. (Keep it simple
    twigatorme, Jun 28, 2009
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    Rick Rogers Guest


    So switch them. If the old one plays the games, make that the offline system
    and the new one the online system.

    It's either that or one of these alternatives:

    a) (easier) see if there are upgrades or patches available from the game
    distributors so they are compliant with Vista. You can download them from
    the connected machine and put them on a thumb drive to transfer to the new,
    offline machine.

    b) (more complex) if you have an extra license for XP, use it to install a
    virtual machine on the Vista machine and run games from there.
    Rick Rogers, Jun 28, 2009
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  3. Age of Empires III requires a patch to play on Vista which could have been
    obtained on the machine which does connect to the Internet.
    Mike Hall - MVP, Jun 28, 2009
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    Eric Guest

    You shouldn't need to connect both PCs to the internet. You should be able
    to download the update on the one that is connected, then transfer it in any
    number of ways (depending on file size) to the one that isn't. You can get
    the update here
    ( The first
    fix mentioned is Vista compatibility.

    Your first option is to look for patches like this. Your second option is
    to try the compatibility option on the properties of the shortcut to start
    the game. Your third option is to install a different OS either in place of
    the primary OS, as a dual boot, or in a virtual machine.
    Eric, Jul 17, 2009
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