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How to run older games on 64-bit Windows

Post by GeorgeQGreg on Mon Dec 26, 2011 6:19 pm

Older games used 16-bit EXEs, and thus won't run on 64-bit versions of Vista and 7.

Well, I have the solution.

1. Delete the EXE file.

2. Rename the W32 file to have an EXE extension. E.g rename Puttzoo.w32 to Puttzoo.EXE. Ignore any warnings.

3. Play your newely christened game! I can now confirm that this works, now that I am on a 64-bit OS! :D

Putt: Happy Face Happy gaming!

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Re: How to run older games on 64-bit Windows

Post by MrEightThreeOne on Mon Dec 26, 2011 11:17 pm

Awesome! I will promptly update the FAQ!

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Re: How to run older games on 64-bit Windows

Post by GeorgeQGreg on Tue Dec 27, 2011 9:35 am

Thanks for explaining it in better words than I ever could, legoking! :D

I've also got some nice little statistics for you...

SPY Fox 2 is the oldest game where you don't need this trick to make it work. Freddi Fish 4 is the newest one where you do need it...

Ayandd....


The classics simply DON'T work... you'll have to use ScummVM to play them! D:
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Re: How to run older games on 64-bit Windows

Post by MrEightThreeOne on Tue Dec 27, 2011 11:37 am

I have heard of a few people who have been able to play the classics on Windows Vista/7. I think Hondo20132 and AnthonyG3281 were able to.

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Re: How to run older games on 64-bit Windows

Post by Hondo20132 on Tue Dec 27, 2011 11:40 am

legoking831 wrote:I have heard of a few people who have been able to play the classics on Windows Vista/7. I think Hondo20132 and AnthonyG3281 were able to.

I think my Windows 7 Starter Netbook is actually a 32-bit system.

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Re: How to run older games on 64-bit Windows

Post by GeorgeQGreg on Tue Dec 27, 2011 11:43 am

Well, they crashed for me when I tired to run them, even after copying WING32.DLL... Hondo's got a 32-bit build of Windows, so that is likely why, no idea about that other guy. Also, Putt-Putt Enters the Race triggers the bloody UAC, forcing you to run with Admin privileges (obviously bad) unless you, once again, rename the W32.

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Re: How to run older games on 64-bit Windows

Post by MrEightThreeOne on Tue Dec 27, 2011 1:48 pm

I think he has a 32-bit computer as well.
Some 32-bits don't like the kind of sound cards the classics require, so you get no sound at all.

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Re: How to run older games on 64-bit Windows

Post by legoknight on Sun May 27, 2012 4:31 am





GeorgeQGreg wrote: SPY Fox 2 is the oldest game where you don't need this trick to make it work. Freddi Fish 4 is the newest one where you do need it...

When Freddi Fish came out?




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Re: How to run older games on 64-bit Windows

Post by GeorgeQGreg on Sun May 27, 2012 7:57 am

Freddi Fish 4 came out in early 1999.

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Re: How to run older games on 64-bit Windows

Post by legoknight on Mon Jun 04, 2012 2:36 pm

Thanks.

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Re: How to run older games on 64-bit Windows

Post by legoknight on Mon Jun 04, 2012 2:42 pm

And thanks for tutorial too.

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Re: How to run older games on 64-bit Windows

Post by legoknight on Tue Jun 05, 2012 6:26 am

Putt: Happy Face
MrEightThreeOne wrote:I have heard of a few people who have been able to play the classics on Windows Vista/7. I think Hondo20132 and AnthonyG3281 were able to.

I have Windows XP Proffesional 32-Bit

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Re: How to run older games on 64-bit Windows

Post by GeorgeQGreg on Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:46 am

Then you won't need any of the info here at all.

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Re: How to run older games on 64-bit Windows

Post by legoknight on Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:48 am

GeorgeQGreg wrote:Then you won't need any of the info here at all.



Yes I know but if you install Windows 7 it will be needed

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Re: How to run older games on 64-bit Windows

Post by GeorgeQGreg on Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:49 am

Only if you install the 64-bit edition.

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Re: How to run older games on 64-bit Windows

Post by legoknight on Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:50 am

GeorgeQGreg wrote:Only if you install the 64-bit edition.

Yes I know I was just lazy to worthe that

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Re: How to run older games on 64-bit Windows

Post by GeorgeQGreg on Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:51 am

You just have to consider the trade-off...

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Re: How to run older games on 64-bit Windows

Post by legoknight on Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:53 am

I had MS-DOS and Windows 95 I miss them And I also miss my old monitor and prossesor(Old monitors rock)

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Re: How to run older games on 64-bit Windows

Post by short_saunders on Fri Jun 29, 2012 2:37 pm

I have Windows 7, 64 bit. How do you actually carry out these steps? I can't figure out how to rename. I can't wait to play these games!

1. Delete the EXE file.

2. Rename the W32 file to have an EXE extension. E.g rename Puttzoo.w32 to Puttzoo.EXE. Ignore any warnings.


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Re: How to run older games on 64-bit Windows

Post by GeorgeQGreg on Fri Jun 29, 2012 2:50 pm

You can rename files by right-clicking on them and selecting rename.

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Re: How to run older games on 64-bit Windows

Post by MrEightThreeOne on Fri Jun 29, 2012 7:21 pm

You keep forgetting to tell people to copy the files to your hard drive...

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Re: How to run older games on 64-bit Windows

Post by GeorgeQGreg on Fri Jun 29, 2012 8:28 pm

I told him in PM.

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Re: How to run older games on 64-bit Windows

Post by Retrodude on Thu Nov 08, 2012 8:54 pm

Just tried it out for myself. I noticed it has the added benefit of making games like Backyard Soccer not force you to go into a low resolution, making it 9001% easier to record the game.

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Re: How to run older games on 64-bit Windows

Post by GeorgeQGreg on Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:59 pm

Really? I found it did the opposite. Oh well.

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Re: How to run older games on 64-bit Windows

Post by Connak on Sun Dec 09, 2012 6:20 pm

Can someone explain step-by-step as to how to do this. I have a Windows 7 laptop and really miss playing my HE games. I'm in college and I like to go back home and play them on a computer that will let me play them. Good times.

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