Installing Win 95 games in XP

Discussion in 'Computers and The Internet' started by Crimson, Dec 29, 2004.

  1. Crimson

    Crimson Member

    im trying to install BATTLE ZONE its a game that ran in 98 just fine.. it wont even let me install it in XP.. an error message pops up thats says AUTOEXECT.NT IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH MSDOS APPLICATIONS.. if anyone knows how to fix this please let me know
  2. YankNBurn

    YankNBurn Owner

    Windows XP is what is wrong, not the rest. Ditch the OS and be happy!
  3. MattInVegas

    MattInVegas John Denver Mega-Fan

    It can be done. Pretty easy in fact. In Windows XP, and XP Pro, you need to RIGHT click on the install file, then Properties, and finally, Compatibility. You can then run it under a Shell of Windows 95,98,ME. My favorite chess game needs me to do that to install it.
  4. psilonaut

    psilonaut Mushroom Muncher

    You might need to set up a dual boot like I have for some really old games...
  5. Lodui

    Lodui One Man Orgy

  6. al_from_mn

    al_from_mn Member

    If it's a dos game, good luck getting it to work in xp. A lot of older games don't work with xp because it is nt based, not dos based. Windows 98 was the last dos based os, which is why your game worked with it.

  7. MattInVegas

    MattInVegas John Denver Mega-Fan

    That's a very good point, Al. The latest version of DOS that I know about, is V6.22
    All 4 disks of it. And you DO NOT want to install it on todays larger Hard Drives. It makes the damn thing 2 Gigs at MOST!
  8. J-P

    J-P Member

    xp has that crappy version, 'Command Prompt'. That's probably why your game isn't working, because xp doesn't really have dos. Alot of the commands are changed (for example Dos's "del" and "deltree" were changed to "rmdir" in command prompt). Old dos was soo much better than xp's command prompt.

    Command prompt also makes it alot harder to retrieve files when windows screws up and won't boot up. arrrgh. sorry, i just needed to vent about that, i went totally off topic.

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