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Windows 7: Windows 7 x64 - 16 bit games - Dual boot XP

16 May 2011   #1
TanyaC

Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon | Win 7 Ult x64
 
 
Windows 7 x64 - 16 bit games - Dual boot XP

Hi,

I'm looking for some advice on the best was to handle a need for 16bit apps with Windows 7 x64 and XP.

I'm putting together a system for my elderly parents who currently have a barebones old system running XP. They would like to run Windows 7 and want more than 4gb RAM. Trying to make them a machine that's going to last (as if that's possible).

Problem is they have some 16bit games that they love to play. So I was thinking of running XP within 7 x64.. but that's not going to work with 16bit games is it?

So am I going to have to set up a dual boot?

The system has 2 x 1TB SATA2 drives installed. So I was think I might put Windows 7 x64 on one and Window XP x86 on the other.. Reasonable?

If I do that, can the files (like movies and office stuff), be acccessed [safely] from either operating system or might there be conflicts or problems?

I would create a partition on each drive for the OS and a partition for all of the other stuff so two partitions per drive..

Would appreciate your thoughts

thanks
Tanya


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16 May 2011   #2
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Sounds like a perfect example of what XP Mode was designed for. I avoid multi-boot systems like the plague....especially for people who aren't going to want to deal with any issues that arise from them. Simplify and virtualize. Even if XP Mode isn't an option, you'd be surprised how easy it is for non-tech people to use a VM once configured properly.
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16 May 2011   #3
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Unfortunately, I've never seen any game run well in a virtual machine.
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16 May 2011   #4
TanyaC

Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon | Win 7 Ult x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MacGyvr View Post
Unfortunately, I've never seen any game run well in a virtual machine.
And if Windows 7 is 64 bit will the 16 bit games run at all, even in XP mode?
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16 May 2011   #5
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MacGyvr View Post
Unfortunately, I've never seen any game run well in a virtual machine.
If they are old enough to have 16 bit installers, they'll run in a VM just fine. VirtualBox (I believe) and VMware even offer Direct3D support.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tanyam View Post
And if Windows 7 is 64 bit will the 16 bit games run at all, even in XP mode?
They won't install on the host system, but they will run in a VM, such as XP Mode.
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22 May 2011   #6
TanyaC

Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon | Win 7 Ult x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MacGyvr View Post
Unfortunately, I've never seen any game run well in a virtual machine.
If they are old enough to have 16 bit installers, they'll run in a VM just fine. VirtualBox (I believe) and VMware even offer Direct3D support.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tanyam View Post
And if Windows 7 is 64 bit will the 16 bit games run at all, even in XP mode?
They won't install on the host system, but they will run in a VM, such as XP Mode.
So what's the direction we're going here guys. Are you advocating running XP mode under Windows 7 x64 or purchasing VMWare?

I guess no one seems to be advicating the dual boot scenario?

The original question was whether to install XP and 7 in a dual boot scenario or to run XP mode under Win7.

Thanks
Tanya
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22 May 2011   #7
lehnerus2000

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
DOSBox?

Have you used DOSBox before?
DOSBox, an x86 emulator with DOS

I've had good results playing 90s games using it.
It can be tricky to setup, but the last version I used had pre-built config files (for quite a few games).
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22 May 2011   #8
cyclic

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

You don't purchase, VMware player is free.
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22 May 2011   #9
Outlander

W7x64 Ult.
 
 

Dos Box works perfectly with Doom 2 and Duke Nukem 3D on my W7 x64. It's free!
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22 May 2011   #10
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

If you want more than 4gb of ram, Win XP x64 is needed.
Go for XP mode.
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