How to run older games on 64-bit Windows

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

Post by GeorgeQGreg on Sun Dec 09, 2012 8:07 pm

1. Right click somewhere on your computer.

2. select new, folder

3. name it something like SPYFOX

4. insert your game CD

5. select all the files on the CD, but none of the folders, OR

6. if there's a "Game" folder (most common on releases in Europe) go to it and select all the files in it

7. right-click

8. select copy

9. go to the SPYFOX or whatever folder you made

10. right click in it

11. click pasta

12. delete SPYFOX.EXE or what ever filename your game would normally have

13. Select SPYFOX.W32

14. right click it

15. select rename

16. RENAME it to the name of the file that you just deleted, for example, change SPYFOX.W32 to SPYFOX.EXE

17. Double-click it and play!

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

Post by Connak on Sun Dec 09, 2012 8:55 pm

Okay I'll give this a try when I get home. I'll let you know if it works.

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

Post by MrEightThreeOne on Sun Dec 09, 2012 9:22 pm

Oh yeah, don't forget about the possibility of known file extensions being hidden, as that's the default setting. If that's the case, you'll only see an application labeled "SPYFOX".

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Works on Windows 8 also

Post by fesheila on Tue May 28, 2013 9:16 pm

Thanks this worked on Windows 8. Thanks!!

GeorgeQGreg wrote: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 HumongousFan1998 on Thu Feb 05, 2015 10:47 pm

A more recommended way is just to make a copy of the .W32 and make the copy an .EXE instead. (e.g. lost - Copy.w32 to lost.exe)

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