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Old PC games not working

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    Old PC games not working


    I recently just got a Windows 8 laptop. I have enough memory to play some old pc games I had since I was very little (so like 2000-now). I wanted to play one today, but an error came up saying that my "app" didn't work for this system. Why? I've had previous Windows softwares and it worked before with little to no hassle. So, why do my games not work?

    ~Thanks

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    Hi ZXD and welcome! I play many old games on 8 and there are many ways to get them to work. There is DosBox and VMWare and other tricks.

    Would help if you gave us an example of a game you are trying to run and if it is meant for DOS, Win95, Win98, etc.

    Admin (Brink, z3r010) can you move this to Gaming section?
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    I was trying to play CandyLand Adventure. And from what I got online (I don't have the case anymore) its for Win95.
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    OK, first thing to try is to open the CD and find the setup or install program. Right click on it and select properties then the compatibility tab. Check the Compatibility Mode box and the Run as administrator box. Also select the Change settings for all user button. Apply and OK out. Now double click on the install/setup file. See if that works.

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    Okay, I right clicked on the CD file. Then got this:

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    I couldn't find the Compatibility tab...
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    You have to right click on the CD in Computer, you should see an Open option.
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    Okay. That worked. Now what?
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    Like I said above. Post #4. Have to go for now. Will check back later. Good luck.
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    That didn't work....
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Try the "Run compatibility troubleshooter" button at the top in post 4
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