XP - Backwards compatible?

Sixty

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#1
Afternoon, bright types.

Hopefully this will make some sort of sense.

Was bored and digging about through my big bag of forgotten stuff and discovered 2 hex-based wargame type things that I had no recollection of buying. Decided to fire them up (it was Sunday. I was bored) but getting no further than ‘this product requires Windows 95 to run’ since they’re very old. Unfortunately I’m running XP.

What I need to know is this: is there any type of emulator that could be used to run these or is XP backwards compatible via a shortcut that I’m missing?

Could also just accept that I’m a geek and give myself a slap.

Any vaguely useful info from the forum?
 
#3
I think there's an option if you right click on the game icon to say what system the game runs on. I may be wrong and it may do sod all, but it has worked in one case.
Unfortunately I have the same problem with some of my other old games, even changing the setting doesn't work.

Edited to add: MSR posted while I was writing this and to be honest most people know more than me about PCs!
 
#4
Well, isn't this just typical? Those bstards in Redmond, minting their dollars, not caring a damn for the little guy.

Oh, hang on. From the Microsoft website, of all places:

Run Older Programs on Windows XP.

Yours, ya frikkin geek,

Dr E

PS To avoid counter-accusations of geekery, let me protest in advance that I found that page by typing "running windows 95 games in xp" into Google. Go me.
 

Sixty

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#5
Cheers msr, worked a treat. It was the very ancient 'Great Battles of Alexander' and the Hannibal version that I was looking to get working and now they are.

Dr_E, Google would have been my first port of call but it's blocked from work unfortunately. Thanks for looking though.
 
#7
Sixty said:
Cheers msr, worked a treat. It was the very ancient 'Great Battles of Alexander' and the Hannibal version that I was looking to get working and now they are.

Dr_E, Google would have been my first port of call but it's blocked from work unfortunately. Thanks for looking though.
Google blocked? How odd...

msr
 
#11
Good on yer. The patch thing seems to work, but it's worth noting that the XP compatibility trick (however it's operated) doesn't seem to work all the time, and with a few other old games I've got stashed here; an 'unhandled exception' error pops up and tells the user where to bog off to.

Not to worry. Thanks, guys.
 
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