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I remember I greatly enjoyed the Homeworld series back in the early 2000s, and would like to play the games again.

Homeworld
Homeworld: Cataclysm
Homeworld 2

However, I'm concerned that they may not be compatible with my newer computer. Do these games work well under Windows 7 64-bit, or are there significant compatibility issues? Are there any workarounds to enable compatibility, which I should be generally aware of?

I'm looking to have some assurance to compatibility prior to re-purchasing the games.

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If you set compatibility to NT or XP and it should work. –  Krazer Dec 20 '12 at 23:23
    
from the wiki for Homeworld, Compatibility: Homeworld remains fully compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Vista, and 7. Graphical glitches may occur when not using the software renderer. OpenGL may be enabled by running the game in compatibility mode of Windows NT 4.0 (Service Pack 5). –  Sean Cheshire Dec 21 '12 at 15:31
    
@SeanCheshire While I'd prefer a more personal answer drawing from individual experience, feel free to post your comment (and add links) as an answer. –  Iszi Dec 21 '12 at 15:43
    
Its probably to do with the fact that many older games run funky if inside the Program Files x86 and running in XP service pack with admin rights helps too (right click and click properties and such to change this). –  user55211 Sep 13 '13 at 7:01
    
You can always use a virtual machine and play from there. –  user1306322 Nov 22 '13 at 0:30

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Homeworld 2 works perfectly on Windows 7 64-bit, as does Cataclysm. I seem to remember having some trouble with Homworld 1, and the fact that I don't have it installed currently correlates with that. I'm checking with a friend, though, to see if that is indeed the case. Great choice in games, by the way!

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I thought Cataclysm was an expansion to Homeworld 1. Wouldn't compatibility of the former require compatibility of the latter? –  Iszi Dec 20 '12 at 23:33
    
It's actually a standalone game released some years later. Quite fun, really. Different from HW1. There's an annoying unit cap in it, but if you're up for some hex editing, you can increase it. –  SaintWacko Dec 20 '12 at 23:52

I figured out an easy work around. I actually copied the entire "homeworld" folder, in it's entirety, from the "program files" directory of an older computer that was running Homeworld successfully. I then simply placed in on the hard drive (program files folder, but you can put it anywhere) of my Windows 7 computer, put the disk in the cd drive (or I get the "no cd" warning), and then click the "homeworld.exe" file in the homeworld folder on the Windows 7 machine. Voila. It runs. It doesn't need to be "installed" in the traditional sense to work.

I tried Cataclysm too, and it installed ok, but as soon as you run it, it pulls the "program stopped" warning. I tried it in every compatibility mode on the list. It actually gets past the Sierra and Relic splash screens, but then ceases to function. Literally just dropping the entire working folder, from CD that I had saved it on, to my Win7 computer was the only thing that worked.

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All three games are compatible with Windows 7 x64. There are several common issues you may encounter especially with Cataclysm and to a lesser extent Homeworld 1 but all have workarounds and/or patches. In my experience Homeworld 2 will probably work out of the box without any modifications.

I have documented a full list of steps to follow to get each game running on Windows 7, in the following posts on my site:

I hope that helps!

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Can't say for certain why the downvotes came, but between the fact that link-only answers are discouraged, that you didn't put any actual content from the answer in here, and most importantly, the fact that the links are to your own website (as per your profile), a fact which you made no mention of in the answer, this is pure spam, and deserves to be deleted as such at the earliest convenience. –  Billy Mailman Nov 21 '13 at 3:45
    
Harsh. Thanks for the honesty, I suppose. I will mention that the links are to my site, thought I'm not sure to be honest why that matters. I included them in hopes that my claim that "All three games are compatible with Windows 7 x64" is not just a statement that is taken on faith. –  alexgophermix Nov 21 '13 at 3:55
    
@Billy as far as I can tell this answers the questions. If alex has already answered the question elsewhere why does he have to re-type the whole thing again? Does it matter WHO owns the linked site? You'd have a point if the link was to some random site with unrelated content, but in this case the link answers the question perfectly. Are you really so lazy that you can't be bothered to click a link? –  copolii Nov 22 '13 at 0:09
    
@copolii it's been Stack Exchange policy for a good while that answers which just point somewhere else are not real answers, and should be flagged and deleted. See here, here, here, and here just for examples I could dredge up in half a minute. –  Billy Mailman Nov 22 '13 at 1:09
    
@BillyMailman Does the link answer the question? Is the linked site related to the question? Don't get your panties in a bunch. It's a perfectly fine answer and it's actually helpful. Unlike your comment. –  copolii Nov 22 '13 at 1:15

Cataclysm works fine for me under Windows 7, as long as I apply the 1.01 patch. Not sure about the first game, as my CD is no longer working. (It just got too old and optical media doesn't last forever)

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