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raistlin
One of the games I used to play doesn't work very well in Windows 7.

Is there a way I can create a windows 98 or windows XP environment within my Windows 7 just to run this game please?

I even thought of buying an old lappy or desktop and running windows 98 and the game from there but switching it to my main monitor somehow.
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Posted 12 Aug 2014, 17:00 #1 

Last edited by raistlin on 15 Aug 2014, 17:44, edited 1 time in total.

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Duncan
Windows 7 does support a virtual machine. However I seem to remember this is only for Pro rather than home versions. There are probably other virtual machine solutions.
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Posted 12 Aug 2014, 17:08 #2 


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Have you looked on GOG.com? Instead of buying a machine you can buy old games ready to run on updated PC's. I bought Dungeon Keeper and love it :lol:

Posted 12 Aug 2014, 17:50 #3 

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raistlin
Thanks Duncan but it doesn't seem to work on my PC :(

Thanks David. Unfortunately, the games I want are not on GOG.com
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Posted 12 Aug 2014, 18:46 #4 

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Posted 12 Aug 2014, 19:46 #5 

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Jürgen
Paul, there are a few options you could try.

1. You can run the game in compatibility mode. A right click onto the shortcut, then Properties and then Compatibility. Try different settings.

2. Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate do have an XP mode, but not the Home edition.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/wind ... -windows-7

3. If you still have a license for XP, you can install it as a virtual machine using VirtualBox.
https://www.virtualbox.org

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Posted 12 Aug 2014, 20:31 #6 

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raistlin
I'll give VirtualBox a try - thanks :)
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Posted 13 Aug 2014, 07:33 #7 

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raistlin
Oh dear. What a disaster :( Virtual box doesn't like me or my PC at all :(
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Posted 13 Aug 2014, 12:11 #8 

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raistlin
Jürgen, this is the error message I got when trying to run a virtual machine. Does it mean anything to you please?

"Failed to open a session for the virtual machine Games.

The virtual machine 'Games' has terminated unexpectedly during startup with exit code 1.

Result Code: E_FAIL (0x80004005)
Component: Machine
Interface: IMachine {480cf695-2d8d-4256-9c7c-cce4184fa048}"
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Posted 13 Aug 2014, 15:09 #9 

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Jürgen
Paul, I have to admit that I haven't seen this type of error (yet). But one possible reason could be that you need to install an extension pack.
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/serve ... ml#extpack

I guess you're using Windows 7 with service pack 1 and VirtualBox 4.3.14. What's the anti-virus software on your PC? That could be the culprit, too.
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Posted 13 Aug 2014, 22:47 #10 

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raistlin
Jürgen, I installed the extension and get the same error.

I use Kaspersky.
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Posted 14 Aug 2014, 06:58 #11 

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Jürgen
Let's try disabling Kaspersky just for the start of the VM. (Don't forget to switch it on afterwards. ;)) Later on I'll have another look at this issue again.
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Posted 14 Aug 2014, 09:15 #12 

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raistlin
Tried with Kaspersky disabled and get the same fault :(
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Posted 14 Aug 2014, 16:27 #13 

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raistlin
I tried re-downloading the app and re-installing. Nothing changed.

I was wondering Jürgen, on their download page they specify windows x86 or amd64

Might that be a problem when using it on an Intel based 64bit PC?
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Posted 14 Aug 2014, 16:34 #14 

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Jürgen
No, AMD64 is also used as a generic description for the 64 bit PC processor architecture.

Paul, maybe there's a better solution for your problem. It's the VMware player, which is free for personal use.
http://www.vmware.com/products/player/
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Posted 15 Aug 2014, 10:22 #15 

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raistlin
Thanks Jürgen

I downloaded VMWare player last night and can create a Windows XP VM but cannot work out how to create a Windows 98 VM as the CD is not bootable.
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Posted 15 Aug 2014, 10:29 #16 

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Jürgen
Yes, indeed. Windows 98 came with a 3.5" floppy disk to boot and start the installation from CD. :panic:

But Windows XP should be sufficient to run the game. Or is it that old? Than you could buy one of these, connect it to your VM and give it a try.
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Posted 15 Aug 2014, 11:45 #17 

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raistlin
It is a game called Diablo / Hellfire Jürgen. Apparently there are ISO images of Windows 98 avaiable which don't need a boot floppy to work with virtual machines :)
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Posted 15 Aug 2014, 12:26 #18 

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raistlin
All sorted out now :) I've been given the solution to get the game running on Windows 7.

Thanks to all for your helpful ideas. Much appreciated :)
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Posted 15 Aug 2014, 17:44 #19 


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