I installed Age of Empires I on Windows 7 SP1 x64 Ultimate. After the installation whenever I tried to run the game (
Empires.exe) I get the following error right at the beginning:
Could not initialize graphics system. Make sure that your video card and driver are compatible with DirectDraw.
I tried to change the compatibility mode and run as administrator but it didn't help:
I followed the instructions printed on DirectDraw or Direct3D option is unavailable but it didn't work (and they went written for Windows XP, not Windows 7).
dxdiag I checked that all my displays have DirectDraw enabled:
I tried to change the monitor's resolution to 800x600 (which is the default resolution of Age of Empires I):
What else can I try to solve the issue (without having to run Age of Empires 1 on a different OS, and without having to buy anything else as I have already bought the CD over 15 years ago)?
Note that Age of Empires I does work fine with Windows 7 SP1 in a virtual machine, so I guess it might be due to some conflict with my graphic card's drivers (NVIDIA GeForce GTX660M).