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how to make Windows 8 work with MS games from previous versions?

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    how to make Windows 8 work with MS games from previous versions?


    Hi guys,

    cannot use Spider Solitaire, Chess, etc in Windows 8 X64.

    found this on the net:

    [link removed]


    but that did not work for me.

    Anyone having a better solution?

    thanks

    Jeff
    Last edited by z3r010; 19 Apr 2012 at 02:37. Reason: malware alert

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    Link removed - Malwarebytes really doesn't like something on that page.
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    WINDOWS 8.1 x64


    Ok Z, did not know that

    sorry

    Jeff
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    Jeffrys, I've installed some Windows 95 games onto Win 8. Sometimes, you can go to the manufacturer's website, and they have free patches that raise the "Windows level" of the game. I have installed one game that was patched up to XP and another that was patched up to 7, and they both work on 8.

    Although I have never known Compatibility Mode to work, you can sometimes improve a game's performance by using Compatibility mode to lower the color settings on the game.

    I have never been able to get a 16-bit game to work on either XP or 7, but I tried one on 8 and it didn't work.
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    WINDOWS 8.1 x64


    well Vince,

    not with Spider Solitaire, tried a download Spider XP X64, no good, Spider Win7 X64 no good. One just cannot open the program, getting the message not compatible.....

    but thanks

    Jeff
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    Windows 7 x64 Ultimate/Mint Lisa x64/Cinnamon


    I found a way to make the games work, unfortunately, I don't remember where. So, all credit to the original author and my apologies for misplacing your identity

    To do this you'll need the following:

    1. The Microsoft Games folder from C:\Program Files - This needs to be from a 32 bit version of Windows 7 even if you're using a 64 bit version of Windows 8
    2. The cardgames.dll file from Windows\System32 - Again, from a 32 bit version of Windows 7.
    2. A Hex Editor - Get a good free, no install program, from Free Hex Editor XVI32

    Procedure:

    1. Make a copy of the game file you wish to modify. Example SpiderSolitaire.exe - Found in the Microsoft Games\SpiderSolitaire folder
    2. Open XVI32
    3. Select File/Open and navigate to your Microsoft Games\SpiderSolitaire folder
    4. Select SpiderSolitaire.exe
    5. Open Search and enter 7D 04 83 65 FC 00 33 C0 83 7D FC 01 0F 94 C0 (copy and paste)
    6. Select 7D and select Edit/Overwrite String
    7. In the dialogue box, make sure Hex String is selected and type EB
    8. Select OK
    9. Select File/Save
    10. Copy cardgames.dll to the Microsoft Games\SpiderSolitaire folder
    11. Copy the Microsoft Games folder to your Windows 8 Program Files (x86) folder
    12. Play.

    I haven't tried the other games but I believe the same 'hack' works...
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    HI Calico,

    I am definitely trying this. Post result here.

    thanks

    jeff
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    no Calico,

    it does not work:

    1) add to take ownership, but not a problem
    2) followed the instructions
    3) cannot play the game.

    did the changes on 2 different computers. Both same result

    Can it be that there is a language problem, because the only pc with Win 7 32 bit is in dutch language and both WIn8 X64 are in english.

    Will try to download the English version of Spider Solitaire and when that does not work, I have to pass.

    Jeff
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    WINDOWS 8.1 x64


    well, I found on the net via Gametop Sider Solitaire that works on WIn 8 X64.

    Also here, the same:Free Spider Solitaire 2010 - Download.com

    Hope this passes the control.

    So both work on Win 8 X64.

    Jeff
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    Posts : 825
    Windows 7 x64 Ultimate/Mint Lisa x64/Cinnamon


    It's possible the different language versions prevented this from working. However, what you see above, is the process I ran through yesterday, specifically for this post. Let me know if you don't have any luck.
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