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Windows 7: Compatibility problems when trying to install games

27 Mar 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Compatibility problems when trying to install games

I am hoping someone has had the same problem and been able to find away around it. But I have been trying to install some good old classic games onto my laptop, everytime i go to install certain ones it says -

"The Version of this file is not compatible with the version of Windows you're running. Check your computer's system information to see whether you need an x86 (32-bit) or x64 (64 bit) version of the program, and then contact the software publisher"

I have changed the compatibility, but it still wont allow me to do anything.

What can i do? I have given the system information of my laptop, and it the system requirements for one of the games, which i had installed on my old laptop which was running Windows Vista

System Information
OS Name - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Version - 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
Other OS Description - Not Available
OS Manufacturer - Microsoft Corporation
System Name - TERRY-PC
System Manufacturer - Acer
System Model - Aspire 5733Z
System Type - x64-based PC
Processor - Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU P6200 @ 2.13GHz, 2133 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date - Acer V1.07, 07/11/2011
SMBIOS Version - 2.6
Windows Directory - C:\Windows
System Directory - C:\Windows\system32
Boot Device - \Device\HarddiskVolume2
Locale - United Kingdom
Hardware Abstraction Layer - Version = "6.1.7601.17514"
User Name -Terry-PC\Terry
Time Zone - GMT Standard Time
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) - 4.00 GB
Total Physical Memory - 3.68 GB
Available Physical Memory - 2.01 GB
Total Virtual Memory - 7.35 GB
Available Virtual Memory - 3.27 GB
Page File Space - 3.68 GB
Page File - C:\pagefile.sys

System Requirements for one of the games
Windows 95/98/2000/ME/NT4.0
  • Pentium 233
  • 32 MB RAM
  • 4x CD-ROM
  • 400 MB HD space
  • SVGA, high colour 16-bit display
  • Windows compatible sound card
  • Mouse, keyboard
    [*} Internet/Multiplayer: 32-bit Internet Service Provider with 28.8 modem or LAN

Please can someone help

My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Mar 2013   #2

Windows 10 Pro

Yes; there are going to be some games incompatible with 7, especially really old games. That's the nature of the OS upgrades, older software becomes obsolete. Anyway you've not said what game(s) you're having problems with so I can't point to specifics. However, you can always Google the game to see if it'll work with 7, or probably how to get it (them) to work, if possible.

And for the most part, it doesn't matter whether Windows is 32 or 64-bit, as Windows 64-bit is very capable of running 32-bit apps. However older games may not run under a 64-bit OS, especially if it uses a 16-bit installer as Windows 64-bit OS' don't support 16-bit apps - 64-bit versions of Windows do not support 16-bit components, 16-bit processes, or 16-bit applications

An example of a game with a 16-bit installer would probably be games around mid to late 90's to early 2000's. Give or take.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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