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Is it possible to run RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 in windowed mode?

I have Windows 7 and the game works, but since my resolution is bigger than the game can handle, I would prefer to play in windowed mode instead of having the game scale.

So is it possible? And how can I activate it?

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No, it's not possible at all to run RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 in windowed mode. The only thing I could think of, while drastic, is running the game in a virtual machine like VirtualBox or just Windows 7's XP mode and thereby 'faking' windowed mode. I'm not sure what that'll do to performance though.

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I just installed the XP mode and I managed to run it after disabling the "Integration Features". So now I got it running in a window! The performance is not the best, but it's certainly playable. –  sippa Jul 10 '10 at 16:09
RCT2 is old enough that performance shouldn't degrade too much. –  Macha Jul 13 '10 at 12:13
That's what I figured, otherwise I probably wouldn't have suggested it. Depends on the host though. –  user56 Jul 13 '10 at 13:11
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I found this hack in a forum thread that lets you run RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 in Windowed Mode; maybe it will help.

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Hey Jimmy, welcome to the site and thanks for the contribution! In the future, please summarize the content of any links you post briefly in case the linked site ever goes defunct(however unlikely in this case). –  Mana Oct 30 '11 at 3:53
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Windowed mode is not possible with RollerCoaster Tycoon, however you can increase the resolution higher than the game allows in the options with some hacking.

The maximum resolution that is found to work is 1280x768 (16:10 ratio) or 1280x1024 (4:3 ratio).

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1280x768 isn't 16:10 by the way, it's 16:9.6 . I don't think any monitors support that ratio. –  user56 Jul 9 '10 at 12:28
@Arda: I've seen one 3 different notebook LCD displays with these resolutions: 1280x720, 1280x768, 1280x800. Good were the times when there was only one aspect ratio: 4:3... –  Denilson Sá Jul 23 '11 at 0:36
@DenilsonSá Right, that's 5:3, which is an uncommon, but still valid ratio. However, 1280x768 still isn't 16:10. –  user56 Jul 23 '11 at 8:32
The link is dead. –  Damian Nowak May 3 '13 at 22:14
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