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Windows 7: Older Games

27 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Older Games


I'm considering an upgrade to 7 and have a large collection of older games which I'm hoping will run on Vista.

Firstly, will XP games like Simcity 4 and Civilization 4 work with 7 (without XP Mode)?
Secondly, will ANCIENT games like Championship Manager 3 & Settlers 3 (which both predate Windows 2000) work? I know that the former works with Vista's Compatability mode, but do they work with 7's?


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27 Feb 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x32

I can confirm about Civ IV, i've played that one without problems,
for other ones, some of the guys around here may have answers for you.
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27 Feb 2010   #3
fire cat

Windows 7 Home , Windows Vista Home, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Pro, Windows Mobile, Ubuntu Studio

Simcity4 definitly works on windows 7.
For the others, I don' t know so maybe someone else on the forum will be able to help you for those.

Fire Cat
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27 Feb 2010   #4

Windows 7 32-bit

Games that predate Windows 2000 I can guarantee will need a compatibility setting. For MS-DOS games, you can use DOSBox.
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28 Feb 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

But is a compatibility setting all it needs? Are the compatibility options actually any good/do they work? I don't want to get 7 Pro so I'm trying to avoid XP Mode.
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28 Feb 2010   #6

Windows 7 32-bit

Compatibility setting usually does allow you to run the game. Albeit it might be buggy, but at least it will run.
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28 Feb 2010   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

If they are dos games, then Id also recommend DOSbox to run them in.
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