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Windows 7: Black and White - actually works!

14 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
Black and White - actually works!

Being bored yesterday I decided to install Black and White. The game is old - it only supports in the readme Windows 2000 and seems locked to 1024x768 screen resolution. So after the install the game naturally crashed.

This was easy to fix, the case was DDRAW.dll, obviously due to the DWM. So I set compatibility to Windows 2000, disable all visual effects, and running as administrator. It actually works! The only slight annoyance, apart from the primitive graphics (to put it nicely) is that the game is locked @ 1024x768, so there are 2 inch bars on the left and right of the screen. I'll see if I can force change this in hardware.

I'll be trying other old games to see just how good 7 is with old, very old, games. Any suggestions? They must be old, preferably DirectX 8 or so, before 2004, and one or so CD. That should do it. Those "quaint" games.

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15 Mar 2010   #2
WalkerA WinTeam

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) *** Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), OSX 10.6

Thanks for testing out Black & White on Windows 7! Curious: were you running it on a 32- or 64-bit version?


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15 Mar 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64

64-bit. I should dust off the PSX emulator that had glitches under Vista. Hmmm.
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07 Jun 2011   #4

windows 7 home 64 bit

if you want to try a old game try the pc version of ff7
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07 Jun 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)

How about Rise of Nations 2003 I think...

I actually forgot about Black & White, I hear it's a good game.
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03 Mar 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home 64bit

I know this post is a bit old but I'm having trouble getting Black and White to work I keep getting a black screen on start up then it crashes
I have a Acer Aspire 7560
64-bit AMD A6-3400M APU with Radeon HD Graphics 1.40GHz
running windows 7 Home
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03 Mar 2012   #7

Microsoft Windows 10 Home Build 15036

I run SimCity4 (2003 vintage) on my rig. I have to run it in admin mode (no idea why) but it works!!
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05 Mar 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home 64bit

Tried that and nearly every different configuration of compatibility modes there are and still nothing I love this old game and just got a computer again
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09 Jun 2012   #9
Sir Mixalot

Windows 7

Hitman Codename 47 works as long as you use OpenGL.
Just going to install Black & White now, thanks for the info!
Found both these games in a box while moving!!
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12 Jun 2012   #10

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

oh! try M.D.K. that was a fun game from what I remember when I was young
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