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OS Compatibility Issues/Help me, I'm stupid

by ElkinFencer10 Thu Mar 03, 2016 6:50 pm

Soooo here's the thing. I'm kind of an idiot in a lot of ways. I've got some kick ass Star Trek PC games sitting on my coffee table courtesy of strangenova, but because of my aforementioned idiocy, I'm clueless as how to make them run on Windows 10. I know they're not compatible natively (Star Trek Armada, for example, was made for Windows 95 and wouldn't even work right on Windows 7 without an unofficial patch), and I'm not clever enough to figure out these fancy newfangled ways of getting old shit to run on new shit.

So my basic question is what's the cheapest/freest way for me to run these old games? I assume I'll need to either dual boot an older OS (like XP) or use a virtual machine, but I have no idea how to do either and what the cheapest and easiest way to get the needed OS is.
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Re: OS Compatibility Issues/Help me, I'm stupid

by Anapan Fri Mar 04, 2016 3:16 am

My favorite virtualization program is VMWare because of its easy os installation (xp at least - it recognises it after boot and takes over, suggesting it's compatability pack be inserted/installed to interact with your main os). and easy-to-find pre-installed os hard drive images,
The standard player is free(?). Used to be anyway, tho the URL may be wrong.
In XP, you can run programs in compatability mode for previous operating systems. Most of the time it's effective. In all the other cases I've found I was able to find official or fan-made patches to force XP compatability.

Those new-fangled compatability solutions are usually the best way to go to get the games running best on new hardware. Often, they include important unofficial bug fixes never officially fixed during the support period of the game. This is because the fans care more about the old games than the developers and publishers.

The next best 100% free Virtualizer IMO is Virtualbox. Lots of harddrive images available for it as well - dos, linux, android x86, chrome, windows 10 lite, etc.

For Windows 3.1 I found a great pre-set-up environment for dosbox here (copy files and run windows.bat)
http://www.abandonia.com/vbullet/showthread.php?t=27770
First time I've been able to run the Desktop Monty Pythonizer since 1995 (well, Monty Python's Complete Waste of Time was the only one that I could find lately) - I set cpu cycles to max for video and sound performance, but otherwise all stock dosbox settings.

Feel free to PM me for resources if you can not find something - I'll point you in the right direction, or if you're totally lost I can set it up for ya through Teamviewer in no time while explaining the procedure.
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Re: OS Compatibility Issues/Help me, I'm stupid

by noiseredux Fri Mar 04, 2016 9:20 am

Anapan is awesome.
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Re: OS Compatibility Issues/Help me, I'm stupid

by TSTR Fri Mar 04, 2016 10:51 am

noiseredux wrote:Anapan is awesome.

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Re: OS Compatibility Issues/Help me, I'm stupid

by ElkinFencer10 Fri Mar 04, 2016 11:52 am

Thank you, Anapan-senpai! I'll be sure to try those out this weekend. My sadness at being unable to play Star Trek Armada is palpable at my house.
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