GAMES INCOMPATIBLE WITH WINDOWS VISTA

We have another list of games with known issues from Windows XP.

This list originally was compiled for Windows 7. Since then we have installed XP, Vista, 7 and 8 on the gaming rig to maximize compatibility.

We have many old games. Unfortunately some games are not compatible with Windows 7 SP1 while others of the same period are.  The main problem is the use of a 16-bit installer will fail as Windows Vista and higher no longer support them.

If you need backwards compatibility its possible to dual boot.  The old MBR allows for 4 primary partitions or the BIOS can be used to select the desired disk to boot. Our Corsair chassis can use 4 hard disks so using multiple drives is another option. The BIOS on modern machines can select the desired hard disk to be the primary.

KNOWN ISSUES

Securom, Macromedia, Starforce, Tagès and other protection systems are being rejected by W10 for security reasons (KB3086255).  This will affect thousands of games. We have successfully moved many games into Steam or Origin. There is no indication that Sony will fix their SECDRV.SYS so that it works within the security model in Windows Vista. Its still possible to dual boot

  • Beach Head 2002
  • Heavy Gear 2
  • Aqua Nox
  • EA Triple Play 2000
  • Medal of Honor: Airborne
  • Mafia
  • Nancy Drew: Danger by Design
  • Quake IV
  • Terminator Salvation

THIS LIST ASSUMES NO IT SKILLS SO ANY ERROR ARISES IT IS LISTED

Some of these old games will work with Windows XP running natively on a machine. We suggest that if you like to play those old titles, that a second machine with XP installed be used.

One way to play some of them is to use Virtual PC and install Windows 98 SE in a VM and then run that full screen. This is the way we have tested games for a long time.

Eventually the video card will be supported for virtualization so using a VM will be more helpful for gaming.

GAMES WITH ISSUES

Quake 2 will fail using the autorun installer. Install from the setup located in the install folder of the CD. Then the game will install fine.

Unreal will run if using the Anthology which has the gold edition. It appears some problems caused the original game to fail to install.