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How to run old games on windows 8.1 x64


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#1
is there anything i can do in order to play old games on my windows 8.1 HP Widescreen, example like Prince of Persia - The Sands of Time. I installed it fine but cannot launch the game. I try to set compatibility mode but no luck. any help?
 

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    Windows 8.1 - Ubuntu 14.04
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    HP Pavilion dv6
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    i7 - 2.2 ghz
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    insydeh2o
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    8 gb ddr3
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    intel hd 3000 - geforce gt 630m
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loveandpower

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#2
Normally a simple fix such as turning off anti aliasing or turning off fog or something of that matter corrects stuff such as this. According to the Microsoft website the game is compatible so I only assume you can get to the options section.
 

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System One

  • OS
    windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
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    iBUYPOWER
    CPU
    AMD 8320
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon 7850
    Screen Resolution
    1024x768
    Case
    Azza Solaris
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    Chrome/Firefox/Internet Explorer
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OldGuyGeek

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#3
is there anything i can do in order to play old games on my windows 8.1 HP Widescreen, example like Prince of Persia - The Sands of Time. I installed it fine but cannot launch the game. I try to set compatibility mode but no luck. any help?
'But no luck'? What exactly happens? Does it launch, crash during the game. Also what version of Windows are you selecting in compatibility mode? Systems specs please too.

I've tested over 100 games on Windows 8.1 including earlier Windows and DOS games but have found only a very, very few that don't work.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Self Built
    CPU
    Intel I-7 860
    Motherboard
    Asus P7B
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia 580
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer (Primary), Asus (secondary), Sony TV (third)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Kingston 128GB SSD Windows 8 Boot Drive
    WD Black 1 TB (2 ea)
    WD Red 3 TB
    WD Black 500GB
    Keyboard
    MS 1000
    Mouse
    MS Flip
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    Verizon FIOS 35/35
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    IE 11, Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari
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    Windows 8 Defender (MS Security Essentials)

loveandpower

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#4
is there anything i can do in order to play old games on my windows 8.1 HP Widescreen, example like Prince of Persia - The Sands of Time. I installed it fine but cannot launch the game. I try to set compatibility mode but no luck. any help?
'But no luck'? What exactly happens? Does it launch, crash during the game. Also what version of Windows are you selecting in compatibility mode? Systems specs please too.

I've tested over 100 games on Windows 8.1 including earlier Windows and DOS games but have found only a very, very few that don't work.
DOS games really? I would love to see a working Mega Race ( no dosbox/similar program to make it work :D )

Edit: Sorry I just re-read what I typed. I don't mean my comment in a sarcastic/mean way. I really do want to see Mega Race in Windows 8 without using dosbox or something.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    iBUYPOWER
    CPU
    AMD 8320
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon 7850
    Screen Resolution
    1024x768
    Case
    Azza Solaris
    Internet Speed
    50MBps download/10MBps upload
    Browser
    Chrome/Firefox/Internet Explorer
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes PRO