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I have fond memories of playing Outpost in the windows 95 era, and I pulled out the CD recently and discovered that it will not install on XP and above. I believe the problem is that it utilized DOS running underneath windows 9X. It won't install on a DOS emulator, however, because it uses the windows installer.

Is there an updated version of this game anywhere, or a way to emulate the environment it needs to install and run?

Barring that, can anyone suggest any newer games with similar gameplay? E.g. semi-realistic space colonization simulation (without combat).

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You could set up a virtual machine running Windows 95 using Virtualbox or VMWare or Windows 7's built-in Virtual PC. The only thing you'd need is a Windows 95 CD and installation key.

I have no idea how it will play out - graphics and sound may both be an issue, and require additional drivers - but I'd say it's worth a try.

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I happily played Wing Commander Prophecy on a virtual Win ME running on XP with VirtualPC - no problems at all with the OS or drivers, graphics and sound worked fine. –  Rup Jul 20 '10 at 22:25
    
I have considered this (although I failed to mention it). Hoping there might be an easier/cheaper solution, but this is a good last resort. –  sjohnston Jul 20 '10 at 22:26
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It shouldn't cost you anything? The virtualisation's free, and you must have an OS CD kicking around from back then? –  Rup Jul 20 '10 at 22:29
    
Sadly, I do not have the OS. –  sjohnston Jul 20 '10 at 22:36
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@sjohnston A Windows 95 CD + license should be possible to get hold of for a very small amount of money on EBay or similar. But maybe the approach in @Thomas' answer works out as well. –  Pekka 웃 Jul 21 '10 at 10:54
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There were two versions of Outpost released: One for DOS, and one for Windows. You could try hunting down a copy of the DOS version, as that should play in DOSBox fine.

Otherwise, the Windows version states it runs on Windows 3.1 or higher. I know that you can install Windows 3.1 in DOSBox, so if you have an old copy of Windows 3.1 lying around, you could try that.

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Are you sure about that? Neither wikipedia nor mobygames mention a DOS version; only 3.1 and Mac. See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outpost_%28video_game%29 and mobygames.com/game/outpost . –  Turrican Oct 10 '13 at 7:47
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According to The Outpost Universe installing on XP should be possible. Maybe their installation instructions will help you.

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According to that page, "If you are running Windows XP, try the compatibility wizard, I doubt it will work but its worth a try." This doesn't sound so promising, but I'll give it a go when I have the time. –  sjohnston Jul 22 '10 at 3:14
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FYI - didn't work. –  sjohnston Jan 4 '11 at 19:54
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