Am I the only one who misses Microsoft Pinball? Will the XP version work on Windows Vista or Windows 7?


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If you have a copy of Windows XP lying around, you can simply copy the "C:\Program Files\Windows NT\pinball" folder in its entirety to anywhere on your Windows 7 machine and run pinball.exe. No compatibility mode needed.

This is very easy if you have Windows XP Mode installed. I just tested this on my Windows 7 x64 machine and it works great. Don't bother with third party clones.

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    so why did Microsoft get rid of it?
    – wizlog
    Commented Jul 27, 2011 at 19:56
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    @wizlog Most likely because it is an aging game, and they released a whole new batch of modern games for Windows Vista. Same idea why we still don't have Reversi members.chello.at/theodor.lauppert/games/reversi/rev16_2.png
    – Resorath
    Commented Jul 27, 2011 at 20:13
  • Although according this: youtube.com/watch?v=vPnehDhGa14#t=504s reversi also works in Windows 7
    – Resorath
    Commented Jul 27, 2011 at 20:17
  • Reversi? What is Reversi? (sry, I really don't want to Google anything today)
    – wizlog
    Commented Jul 27, 2011 at 20:49
  • @wizlog: Reversi is also known as Othello, a board game where the goal is to fill the board with as many of your pieces as possible. Commented Jul 27, 2011 at 20:59

Well, for what it's worth... http://mspinball.weebly.com/

I've not tried it or anything, and really don't plan to, but there it is. One of those "at your own risk" deals.

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    I'd also like to note, while I totally get why sites like lmgtfy are not permitted... This site was the first result on Google for the search "pinball windows 7".
    – Aeo
    Commented Jul 27, 2011 at 16:22
  • ? not permitted to do what? I didn't go to the site... when you say "at your own risk"... I back-off real quick.
    – wizlog
    Commented Jul 27, 2011 at 16:39
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    @wizlog by "at your own risk" I meant that I had not personally downloaded and tested the software. If you want it, you'd have to try it out yourself. Also, as with any download on the internet whatsoever, it can't hurt to have a decent virus scanner scan it.
    – Aeo
    Commented Jul 27, 2011 at 16:49
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    This download can go wrong on so many levels..
    – DrFish
    Commented Sep 5, 2011 at 10:18
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    This link no longer works.
    – wizlog
    Commented Nov 19, 2015 at 16:39

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