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Ways to play Windows 95/98 games on a Windows 8?

#1sonic_man00Posted 9/19/2013 8:44:37 AM
Is it possible?
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#2reincarnator07Posted 9/19/2013 8:47:30 AM
Depends on the game. Got a couple of old games running natively on windows 7 with no issue, while there were others that I had to install on a virtual machine to get running.
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#3ElDudorinoPosted 9/19/2013 8:47:46 AM
Be more specific. There are Windows 95/98 games that will run without tweaks in Windows 8. Other Windows 95 games have been hard to run on anything past XP but by messing with them you can generally get them to work flawlessly. What games are you worried about running?
#4sonic_man00(Topic Creator)Posted 9/19/2013 8:50:32 AM
ElDudorino posted...
Be more specific. There are Windows 95/98 games that will run without tweaks in Windows 8. Other Windows 95 games have been hard to run on anything past XP but by messing with them you can generally get them to work flawlessly. What games are you worried about running?
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Well, I got the old Sonic & Knuckles Collection at Goodwill (It was made around the time of 95/98), And i wanted to play it on my new Windows 8.
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#5SlaynPosted 9/19/2013 8:51:50 AM
sonic_man00 posted...
ElDudorino posted...
Be more specific. There are Windows 95/98 games that will run without tweaks in Windows 8. Other Windows 95 games have been hard to run on anything past XP but by messing with them you can generally get them to work flawlessly. What games are you worried about running?
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Well, I got the old Sonic & Knuckles Collection at Goodwill (It was made around the time of 95/98), And i wanted to play it on my new Windows 8.


What happens when you try it out?

You did try it out?

Right?


.....Right.....?
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#6sonic_man00(Topic Creator)Posted 9/19/2013 8:53:05 AM
Slayn posted...
sonic_man00 posted...
ElDudorino posted...
Be more specific. There are Windows 95/98 games that will run without tweaks in Windows 8. Other Windows 95 games have been hard to run on anything past XP but by messing with them you can generally get them to work flawlessly. What games are you worried about running?
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Well, I got the old Sonic & Knuckles Collection at Goodwill (It was made around the time of 95/98), And i wanted to play it on my new Windows 8.


What happens when you try it out?

You did try it out?

Right?


.....Right.....?


I tried it on my old XP, And it worked really well, But i can't record gameplay on it, And its freakishly slow. My W8 doesn't run slow, So i'm trying to see if i can.
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#7SinisterSlayPosted 9/19/2013 9:21:10 AM
sonic_man00 posted...
Slayn posted...
sonic_man00 posted...
ElDudorino posted...
Be more specific. There are Windows 95/98 games that will run without tweaks in Windows 8. Other Windows 95 games have been hard to run on anything past XP but by messing with them you can generally get them to work flawlessly. What games are you worried about running?
/

Well, I got the old Sonic & Knuckles Collection at Goodwill (It was made around the time of 95/98), And i wanted to play it on my new Windows 8.


What happens when you try it out?

You did try it out?

Right?


.....Right.....?


I tried it on my old XP, And it worked really well, But i can't record gameplay on it, And its freakishly slow. My W8 doesn't run slow, So i'm trying to see if i can.


Both AMD and nVidia dropped support for DirectX8 and older in their drivers.
So now those old games run freakishly slow.

A few of those games support 3dFX, you can get 3dFX wrappers to play those games in that mode. I personally use nGlide.
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#8MarceloSampaioPosted 9/19/2013 9:27:12 AM
You can use a virtual machine (like Virtual PC), and install Windows 9x in it. Most games will work.

You can also install Dosbox 0.75, and install Windows 95 in it too. Its not very easy to do, but there are some guides over the net. I have a Windows 95 installation in my Dosbox, and can play most games ever made for Windows 9x that don't work on newer Windows.
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#9SinisterSlayPosted 9/19/2013 9:30:03 AM
MarceloSampaio posted...
You can use a virtual machine (like Virtual PC), and install Windows 9x in it. Most games will work.

You can also install Dosbox 0.75, and install Windows 95 in it too. Its not very easy to do, but there are some guides over the net. I have a Windows 95 installation in my Dosbox, and can play most games ever made for Windows 9x that don't work on newer Windows.


The problem with VM's is that you don't get the hardware acceleration.
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#10MarceloSampaioPosted 9/19/2013 10:08:11 AM(edited)
SinisterSlay posted...
MarceloSampaio posted...
You can use a virtual machine (like Virtual PC), and install Windows 9x in it. Most games will work.

You can also install Dosbox 0.75, and install Windows 95 in it too. Its not very easy to do, but there are some guides over the net. I have a Windows 95 installation in my Dosbox, and can play most games ever made for Windows 9x that don't work on newer Windows.


The problem with VM's is that you don't get the hardware acceleration.


Thats true. But most Windows 9x games have software acceleration, so thats not a huge issue. The games will look a bit uglier, and will work slower, but its better than nothing. ;)

Sonic & Knuckles Collection, btw, doesn't require hardware acceleration, and works quite well on my Dosbox + Windows 95 setup. ;)


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