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Topic Subject: Installing old games (1995) under XP
posted 06-23-03 16:03 ET (US)   
I was looking trough some old games, when I stumbled on the good old (ancient) Command and Conquer, 1995. So, I put the CD in the drive, browsed the CD and clicked setup.exe. It was unable to open setup.mix. So I opened the commandprompt (Start >> desktop tools) and typed E: >> install.exe. Nothing.

It would really be a shame if I would be unable to play those masterpieces. Can anyone help?

posted 06-24-03 21:16 ET (US)     1 / 7  
Hi EmperorJay

If you are trying to run an old DOS game you might be out of luck in playing some of these games using Windows XP. The only option I have personally used, is to setup one of my trusty ol' PC's to dual boot..using Windows 98se. Then you can also dual boot with the two versions of Windows on different partitions. Then you'll have a good chance to play your older games that are not compatible with Windows XP.

Be aware..there are other tweaks and adjustment to some games..Sound configs..specific resolution requirements. I agree that some games are worth the effort..(the nostalgia thing) . So I hope this helps.I've never played C and C but I'm sure someone online has figured out a way..try Google and see if anything pops up.

*edit* btw..Thanks for asking

[This message has been edited by ET FLAVIUS (edited 06-24-2003 @ 09:19 PM).]

posted 06-25-03 04:49 ET (US)     2 / 7  


Then you can also dual boot with the two versions of Windows on different partitions.

I have a C, F,G and H drive, each with 19GB. What you are basically saying is that I can install an older Windows on drive H (Which I don't use) and install older games on the same drive? That would be an awesome solution.

posted 06-25-03 05:09 ET (US)     3 / 7  
Dual booting isn't a new deal..but does require a certain amount of preparation and closely followed instructional steps. I suggest looking up some of the help websites that list the "how to.." and see if you feel that this will be something you could do. Having a PC with XP already in the first hoop to jump through.

Mouse and I both have tried we can assist you if questions arise


posted 06-25-03 06:09 ET (US)     4 / 7  
Allright thank you, I will search for some websites.
posted 06-25-03 07:49 ET (US)     5 / 7  
I think it doesn't have to do with XP. The readme says that the installer will look for the first CD drive mentioned. i.e. If I put my cd in E, but D is also a CD drive, the installer will look for the files in D.

Now, my CD-RW is D:, my regular DVD/CD-Drive is E:. How can I switch that?

posted 06-25-03 08:23 ET (US)     6 / 7  
Why switch? You can install from the CD-writer...

Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the body. Pr. 16:24
posted 06-25-03 12:31 ET (US)     7 / 7  
I just tried and it launces the setup goes fullscreen and then stays black for a second and then returns to normal.
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