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Can Steam OS/Steambox run Windows games?

So before asking this here I did some research and I found some answers but I have no idea what's right. The official page of Steam box says: You can play all your Windows and Mac games on your ...
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Are saves from FF7 for PC (1998) compatible with FF7 on Steam (2013)?

Having played Final Fantasy 7 on PC years ago, I have an old save I want to continue. Is it possibly to transfer my save files from that version to the Steam one? Is it compatible?
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How do I stop the launcher bringing up the UAC prompt every time?

Every time I start The Old Republic launcher/updater, it throws up the UAC prompt. Is this normal? If it isn't (or is I suppose), how do I prevent it without disabling UAC?
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How to restrict Steam games to X hours per day? [duplicate]

I would like to know if there is a program that will restrict my gaming time to X amount of hours per day. However, all of the programs I have found are designed to be 'Net nannies' as well, and ...
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Can the Mac and Windows version of Civilization V play a multiplayer game together?

Is it possible for Mac (with the Aspyr port) and Windows version of Civilization V to participate in a multiplayer game together ? Or is the only option to run the Windows version on the Mac (either ...
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What has happened to EAX and other hardware sound enhancements? [closed]

Since Windows Vista has dropped support DirectX support for hardware accelerated sound, new games using EAX have become virtually nonexistent. So what are games using today? Have game developers ...
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How to move a fullscreen game to the second monitor?

I have a Windows 8 laptop which I play Sins of a Solar Empire on and I want to move it to my second monitor which is connected via a VGA cable. How would I do that? Windows + shift + ← or → does move ...
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How can I turn off a Wireless Xbox 360 Controller for Windows?

I have installed my drivers and paired the device up to the computer. I have given it a quick run through on Steam Big Picture mode to make sure it's all working and behaving as I'd expect it to, but ...
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Civilization V always crashes on big games

Since bigger is better, I usually want to play on Huge worlds with max number of Civs and City States. After I begin conquering the world and my empire spans about 50 cities, the game begins to crash. ...
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Playing Steam games on different versions of Windows from same location?

I have a dual boot with Window 7 (C:) and Windows 8 (D:). I have a few Call of Duty games on Steam that I want to be able to play on both OS. Would it be possible to have the game installed on ...
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How can I backup my games saves in Windows XP, Vista/7?

As the question stated, just how can I backup my game saves? I play lots of games; some of them, like Skyrim, are using the following directory in Vista/7: %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Mygames\ ...
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RAMDisk for performance boost in gaming?

I recently started experimenting with a RAMDisk for web browsing and since it worked pretty well, I began wondering if any particular games would benefit from using a RAMDisk? I realize games are ...
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Windows Media Center performance tuning on Xbox 360

How can I improve the performance of Windows Media Center while connected with my Xbox 360? It performs each action slowly, and sometimes it queues up the actions, then suddenly starts doing all the ...
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How to make the key 'WIN' used for key bindings?

I know there is a method in windows to ban the WIN key(To edit the register), and when I hit the WIN key, nothing happens. However, can I use the key for key-bindings?
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How can I sync my jetpack joyride profile between my surface and windows 8 laptop?

All of my coins, vehicle upgrades and achievements have synced but my profile says that I am level 1 even though I am level 53 on my laptop. I am using the same Microsoft account for both devices
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What is the ideal setup for multiple Steam accounts on one computer, including guests?

I live in a house with multiple gamers. We are considering installing Steam on our HTPC and using it like a sort of gaming console. There are a few ways to approach this, and none of them seem ideal. ...
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Need help finding an old game I want to rewrite/port [closed]

There was this old stick figure game for Windows I played a while back. You, playing as a stick figure, run around on a 2d map with guns and fight other stick figures. You can get power ups, like ...
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Mouse sensitivity too high in most games

It seems like in pretty much every game (examples are Skyrim, Deus Ex HR, Borderlands 2, CoD: Black Ops, PlanetSide 2, Far Cry 3), I have to reduce the mouse sensitivity slider to zero or almost zero, ...
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Microsoft Reversi on Windows Vista?

Is it possible to get the old Microsoft Reversi from Windows 2.03 to run on Windows Vista? It's an old classic! It looks like this:
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How to reset squad points?

I am in my first play through of Mass Effect. I had set my squad to auto level up. But I am at the mission to retrieve Wrex's family armor. There is a box that says Decryption too low. I have Tali and ...
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Bit.Trip Runner crashes immediately on boot

I'm having trouble with Bit.Trip Runner on my laptop, installed using Steam. I try to open the game, it tries to do its "initial install", then thinks for a moment with a black screen, before failing ...
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How do I save/backup Halo (Combat Evolved) configuration and player saved checkpoints?

So yes, if you read the title it IS Halo: Combat evolved, got it a few months ago. It's time now to re-install and re-organize everything on my machine, so that would mean whacking everything very ...
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I want to play the same games on Mac OS X and Windows 7

Here's my current setup. I have both Mac OS X 10.8 and Windows 7 installed on a SSD, and Paragon drivers for each installed on each. (so I can read/write to the other partition from both partitions) ...
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Halo 1 Not Working on Windows 7 x64

I recently installed Halo: Combat Evolved and patched it to version 1.09. When I run it, it plays the logo videos fine but then when it gets to the menu, it plays only the music on a black screen. Is ...
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How do I stop my Xbox 360 Controller makes device plugged in sound whenever I fire in Dead Space 3?

Whenever I fire a weapon or stomp, my computer emits the new device sound and disables my controller for a split second, meaning I fire a shot or two on an automatic rifle and then return to stance. ...
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How do I use cheat codes in emulated PS1 games?

How can I use Action Replay–type cheat codes for PS1 games that my computer (Windows) emulates? I would like to play games I used to play when I was younger, such as Final Fantasy VIII, but I ...
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What is the save file location for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning?

I want to create backups from my save files for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. But I can't find them! Where are they?
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How to install custom hit beep sounds for TF2? (aka dingaling)

I've just reinstalled TF2 and I used to have the Quake 4 sounds playing when hitting people, which was great. Now I'm back to vanilla. I've found the hitbeep I wanted, how do I go about to installing ...
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Where are the save files stored?

Well, pretty much everything is in the title. Since the game doesn't use Steam Cloud, where can I find back the save files (containing my character's level, etc) ? The smrconfig file located in ...
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Item icons in the inventory menus are switched around

The game runs without any problems other than all of the item menus (backpack, ammo/gun purchase, sell) all have their item icons mixed around so nothing I see is correct). For instance, it shows a ...
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Does Deux Ex: Human Revolution run better under Windows than Mac OS X?

I've got a macbook air 13" with an HD 4000 graphics card. Deus Ex runs just ok on it. Is the performance on Windows better for this game? If so, is it enough to matter?
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What is this icon on top of all my games?

I'm seeing the icon below (bottom right) in all my games. At first I thought it was something from UPlay, but it's also shown in other games. Does anybody recognize it and know how to get rid of it? ...
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Fallout 3 - No Disk Inserted Error

I cannot play Fallout 3. Whenever I click either the Fallout3.exe or falloutlauncher.exe and this message appears: No disc inserted. Please insert the original "Fallout 3" CD/DVD. Please ...
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Magic The Gathering Tactics on ATI M880G Mobility Radeon HD 4200?

This game won't run on anything with OpenGL lower than 2.1, and I have all the latest software from ATI installed and I get OpenGL 1.1 How can I update the OpenGL or get the game to run?
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Is there a way to bind a key to adjust mouse sensitivity?

Typically, I play with my mouse sensitivity really high, but when using certain weapons (sniper rifles, MANA AV turret) I want to drastically reduce the sensitivity. Is there a way to bind a keyboard ...
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Is there a database of save file locations? [closed]

I'd like to not lose progress in the games I've not completed when I'll be refreshing/resetting my Windows partitions. As such I'd love to know about websites where you put in the game name and get ...
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2nd player control doesn't work in ZNES 1.42 using netplay

Although the question is more technic- and not game-content-related I hope that someone here might help with this issue: We are 2 players who tried to play a ROM over ZSNES 1.42 on two different ...
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Simulate analogue steering wheel input from third party software like xPadder

I currently have a steering wheel connected to my htpc, running Windows 8. Since it doesn't work with (or get recognized by) all the games I play, I use xpadder. As far as I understand, it simply ...
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Windows can't see or connect to Macs on a TF2 server

Trying to play Team Fortress 2 at work and the Windows machines can't connect to the Mac machine's server and vice versa, when we create a local server. Tried connecting through the console directly ...
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How do I restore a Dragon Age 2 save file?

I reformatted my PC and ended up with a backup of my Dragon Age 2 files not getting recognized by my new Dragon Age 2 installation. I basically just copied it into the Documents\Bioware\Dragon Age 2 ...
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How do you make a backup of save games and patches?

I'm getting a new motherboard which means I have to reinstall my OS, how would I do that but not have to remove my games? Is there anyway I can back up the games? For example, I don't want to lose ...
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Where does 1000 Amps save game progress?

In what location on the filesystem does 1000 Amps store your progress through the game when you save in game?
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How do I remap spells in Kingdoms of Amalur?

I've tried dragging and dropping so many times but its not working. I can see the yellow highlight when you hover your mouse over the ability in the ability screen, but there is no response when I try ...
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I can't move to the next round!

I'm playing Need For Speed: Most Wanted, I need to press Enter to move to the next round. It doesn't seem to be working even though it works fine on other games and programs. Why is this happening, ...
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Joystick -> Keyboard Mapping by Application

Is there a tool similar to JoyToKey that allows me to create multiple profiles and automatically switch between them depending on which application is being run?
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What's happened to my save game?

I started Assasssin's Creed 2 this morning, and I found a very bad surprise. All of the missions played the day before haven't been saved. All of sequence 3, from Casa Dolce Casa to A Change of Plans, ...
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How to automatically update a Team Fortress 2 server with SteamCMD?

I have a Windows server running Team Fortress 2 (TF2) with SteamCMD and I would like to enable auto-updates. For the moment, I have to do it manually with SteamCMD using the app_update command but ...
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Program-controlled keyboard & mouse inputs don't work with Mass Effect 1

I use a program called DS2Key which allows me to control my computer with my Nintendo DS Lite. I typically use this setup to play GameCube games with Dolphin (my 'cube has long since died), but I'm ...
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How to use different Origin accounts for different Windows users

Similar to this question I want to force Origin to log in with different accounts when logging in with different Windows users. My wife and I share the same gaming PC, each having an own Windows user ...
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Is it possible to get Steam to continue downloading a game while I'm playing? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I continue downloading a game in Steam while playing? This question has been asked before, but it's outdated and the solution no longer applies: How do I continue ...