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30 Nov 2011   #1

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Hi all, the win 7update to pro version from Home Premium states that you can run many XP office programs it does not mention XP Games like Age of Empires 2. As I would like to be able to play this old game but have not been able to make it work in Windows 7 home despite ALL web posted tries and suggestions. Would the XP part of Windows 7 Pro play the older XP games? Any help would be appreciated. Regards Peter

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30 Nov 2011   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)

No...I have Age of Empires 2 running flawlessly, you do not need to upgrade to play it.
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30 Nov 2011   #3

win 7 home premium

Hi logicearth, how did you get it to play? I get windows has encountered a problem etc no matter what I did with all the suggestions from this site and others nothing worked. Regards Peter
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30 Nov 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2

id suggest fully updating the game, as well as running in compatibility mode. Not found a game that wont work yet.
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30 Nov 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

XP mode (or any virtulized mode) is not good at all for games. (unless they are mindnumbling simple).
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01 Dec 2011   #6

win 7 home premium

Hi all, regarding the Age of Empires2 game not working: when I try to start the game the following message appears, age of empires stopped working. The following error code Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: EMPIRES2.ICD
Application Version:
Application Timestamp: 3981d1df
Fault Module Name: dplayerx.DLL
Fault Module Version:
Fault Module Timestamp: 396602f5
Exception Code: c0000005
Exception Offset: 00003a12
OS Version: 6.1.7601.
Locale ID: 1033
Additional Information 1: 989a
Additional Information 2: 989a2eece94c88e43d080999500de321
Additional Information 3: 4e7c
Additional Information 4: 4e7c87bbc1587161b2639bdf69eae17a

Does anyone have any ideas how to make this work? I have, as stated previously, tried many, many web posted fixes none of them with success. Regards Peter
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01 Dec 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

Did you have a look at Microsoft's support site for Age of Empires?

Support for PC games common problems
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01 Dec 2011   #8

win 7 home premium

Hi seavixen32, yes I have but no answers that work. Like many others I have tried most things that have been posted. No go. I believe that there is a answer that will fix this but no one has been able to find it. The game worked 6 month ago then it quit. Maybe after a windows 7 update. Reverting to a 7 months prior state did not fix the issue either. Microsoft would know why it does not work but they are not saying. It is not the color issue. I know how to fix that. It just does not go past the splash screen that is when I get the error;;;; has stopped working;;;. It installs just fine. I have not changed any hardware from when it worked. Disabling Zone Alarm and all other start programs does not help. On and on and on. Regards Peter
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