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|Terrement ||25 Oct 2011 8:07 a.m. PST|
Looking for any words of wisdom from the assembled multitude. I have an opportunity to upgrade the computer I use from XP Professional to Windows 7. The questions I have for those who have upgraded is whether there is a significant problem with the use of your 32 bit wargames on the 64 bit computer – either them being compatible by design, or an ability to "run-as" much like the later Windows programs could emulate DOS.
Although the question is general in nature, I'm also specifically interested in the wargames by Slitherine such as BBC Battle Academy, Field of Glory, and Panzer Corps, Triumph Studios Age of Wonder – Shadow Magic, various Shrapnel and Matrix games, including Dominions 3, and the various Total War games.
Also interested in ones you've found that are NOT compatible.
MS site has a very incomplete list.
Any help, advice and suggestions would be appreciated.
|Dans Short Attention Span||25 Oct 2011 8:47 a.m. PST|
I can't say I've run too many games on Windows 7 since I've been running it, however I will say that it's a much more worthy successor to XP than Vista was, and there is a compatibility mode that I have successfully used for every application that I've tried it on. It's probably worth poking around on the forums of the individual publishers rather than MS.
| pphalen ||25 Oct 2011 9:39 a.m. PST|
Unless you are forced to, I don't see a compelling reason to leave XP
|jdpintex||25 Oct 2011 11:16 a.m. PST|
I just upgraded my computer and it came with Windows 7. I haven't had any problems with any of my Matrix/slitherine Games whatsoever.
I have had issues with various cheap timewaster games I had collected over the years – they don't work. But then again they were cheap so not a lot lost there. Also some pre-XP games don't work either, Big Surprise!!!
I like Windows 7 much more than vista (at work) and I think it's much better than XP. But then I probably don't stress the system like many – I just play games and do work stuff on it (Word/Excel/Powerpoint).
But I now have a good excuse to buy new games as I have a new Operating System. I have no idea if my wife really doesn't know or is just humoring me, but who cares as I get new games!
|pmwalt ||25 Oct 2011 3:14 p.m. PST|
I can stil run Tiller's Campaign Series games, as well as Silent Hunter games on my Windows 7 machine
something I couldn't do on my wife's Vista machine
. That said, I still miss my XP laptop.
|Ed Mohrmann ||26 Oct 2011 2:13 a.m. PST|
Over the past year, we have upgraded to two new laptops
with Windows 7. Neither machine will run my older
Matrix games, or earlier versions of Civilization.
MS tech support has been ponderously unhelpful.
We kept one old (3 years !) laptop with XP just to use
as a back-up for daughter's college laptop AND upon
which to run the old games.
| Ditto The Abdominal Snowman ||26 Oct 2011 5:32 a.m. PST|
You folks who want to play older games need to look for Dosbox. I got it in order to play a favourite old SSI game, Cyber Empires. While recovering from surgery last year, I must have 100 games!
You will need to know a bit of DOS, but I'm pretty sure most of the documentation is there.
It's a program which emulates DOS, which is what a lot of older games were programmed to run in, despite being launched from Windows.
|stenicplus||26 Oct 2011 6:57 a.m. PST|
MoH: Airborne has a Windows 7 graphics conflict but it's easily fixed. Check on google but in effect you remove an Nvidia bit of software, load MoH:A then reload the Nvidia software and the conlict goes.