Game works in Windows xp or whatever,
but not in Windows 7 or whatever:
You can try Compatability Mode, but I haven't had much luck with it.
I use VirtualBox to run a couple old games that don't work in my Windows 7 64-bit.
It is pretty technical and lots of fun.
A similar program is Windows Virtual PC.
It has a little better Windows 98 support than VirtualBox.
Windows XP Mode
Windows XP Modeis a preconfigured Windows Virtual PC that comes with Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise.
Or download it here.
Missing .DLL file?
Try googling the .DLL file and downloading it.
You can mess stuff up if you put the DLL in the wrong place.
I'd recommend putting them in the game's folder.
Game window too small:
Change to 640 x 480:
In xp or newer you can right-click your game shortcut or .exe and go Compatibility > Run in 640 x 480 screen resolution.
Another way to get 640 x 480 is HRC
Another way to get 640 x 480 (in Windows 7):
Windows 7 has a nice screen magnifier.
(Vista and xp do too, but it's not as nice)
You can only fullscreen the magnifier if using the Aero theme.
Go Start menu
Then type "Magnifier" and press ENTER.
I get better framerate by running the game in its windowed mode instead of fullscreen.
If the game doesn't have a windowed mode, try running it in VirtualBox or Windows Virtual PC and magnifying that.
Zoom in or out
Windows logo key + + or -
Show the mouse pointer
CTRL + ALT + SPACE
Switch to full-screen mode
CTRL + ALT + F
Switch to lens mode
CTRL + ALT + L
Switch to docked mode
CTRL + ALT + D
CTRL + ALT + I
Pan in the direction of the arrow keys
CTRL + ALT + arrows
Resize the lens
CTRL + ALT + R
Windows logo key + ESC
Psychedelic Colors, Yo
This is called poopy colors.
Here's to fix it:
I use batch files like this one
The above batch file explained:
YOU WON'T GET THEM BACK...
I ALWAYS HAVE A MILLION EXPLORER WINDOWS OPEN, SO THIS IS A PAIN FOR ME.
This line keeps the batch file open while your game runs.
It messed up my desktop icons !!!!!!!
This happened because you weren't using Desktop Restore.
Installing - Uninstalling:
Most of the EXE files need installed.
Most of the ZIP files just need unzipped.
If you want to get rid of a game, installed games need to be uninstalled (instead of just deleting the files) or your Windows Registry and such can get messed up.
Lots of games put shortcuts in your Start Menu > Programs during install. Usually the installer will ask you to choose a program group for this shortcut. I don't like a lot of shortcuts in my Start Menu, so I made a folder called "garbage" in C: \ Windows \ Start Menu \ Programs. In xp it's C: \ Documents and Settings \ Owner \ Start Menu \ Programs.
You can usually find system requirements in a game's documentation (after downloading the game) or you may find them at the game's official site.
Lots of games require Microsoft DirectX...latest version for your Windows at http://www.windowsupdate.com. If you're using Windows 95, the newest version of DirectX you can use is version 8.0, which is here, or you might try http://www.microsoft.com/windows/directx/.
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