sorry about delay response.
dont know if your still trying to run the game.
1. never ever try install a different older version of directx on windows. it can mess it up.
the game wont work with windows 8 or any modern windows version.
2. the game will run with 3dfx. google nglide and...
my family built computer used to be amd and then was switch over to intel.
before the switch, I made sure to remove all amd drivers and I switch achi to ide.
I made sure to install the intel chipset drivers
this was 2 years ago. and it been running fine.
but I wanted to switch ide to achi...
found out I can NOT use rufus on a usb 2.0 flash drive in a usb 3.0. it gives error saying unable to partition the drive.
lucky I have 2 usb 2.0 ports on my system. and it worked.
And I hate usb 3.0 ports.
thing that makes me worry is that windows 8/8.1 killed off support for directdraw. and some windows 7 games that crash on windows 8/8.1 may never get patched to work correctly on windows 8/8.1 and then windows 9 comes along and the same problem will still be there.......
looks like some people...
I just ended up using vmware player for windows 7 to play some of the games that dont work in windows 8
but the only problem is now I have to msi after burner to control the fps in vmware because some of the games will play with turbo speeds.
windows is stupid about reporting if antivirus programs are on or not. it will sometimes say it not on when in fact it is on.
only way to make sure its running is going into the Kaspersky and seeing if everything is ok.
avira software has the same problem sometimes.
sfc WILL NOT FIX THIS as...
dosbox doesnt run 16bit windows program.
there is a difference.
only way without booting is with vmare player which is free or virtualbox.
but I vote vmare player.
just find a copy of windows xp and install the game in it
also steam has the game too and runs fine on windows 8.