Questions tagged [backwards-compatibility]

Use this tag for compatibility issues with games that will no longer natively run on current generation hardware, like running DOS games on 64-bit Windows systems, configuring compatibility settings for those garbled XP-era Japanese games or looking for legal ways of playing games for the NES. Do not use this tag for questions about identifying old games; these questions are off-topic.

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Mechwarrior (esp. Mercenaries / Vengeance) with Joystick / HOTAS on Win7x64?

I've spent all day yesterday getting Mechwarrior 4: Mercenaries to work on my machine, and, behold! It finally works and runs. But all I can do is stare at the inside of my Mechs' cockpit, as I had to ...
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Command and Conquer: Generals not launching on Windows 7 64-bit

I've tried a large number of solutions to the problems that 64 bit Windows 7 has with Generals and Zero Hour, to no avail. I've been trawling all over the internet for a fix for my problem. To wit, I'...
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Xbox 360 Flash Drives and Original Xbox Games

After researching why I was unable to successfully play Halo 2 on my Xbox 360, I found numerous articles that have brought me to the conclusion that I bought a counterfeit hard drive off of eBay a ...
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Why won't Sonic & Knuckles collection work on my windows 10 computer?

It says "This app can't run on your pc. To find a version for your pc, check with the software publisher." and no compatibility options will work. I'm using a 64 bit win10 laptop.
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How to play Heroes of Might and Magic 2 on Windows 7?

I wish to play Heroes 2 on my Windows 7 machine. My problem is that I have some difficulties starting the application. I know there is DosBOX, but I'm looking for some effective solution for this. Do ...
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Shadow Fight 3: Quality Low or Minimal which one is less

Shadow Fight 3 is crashing too often on Bluestacks, though I am using Low Quality. I can manage with even lesser quality but don't it to crash. So, when I checked there is an option to choose "...
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Do regular Wiimotes work on the Wii-U?

I went all in when the Wii came out and got 4 Wii-motes right away. I do not want to buy new Wii-motes to play party games if I get the Wii-U. I mean it seems silly if everyone just needs the D-pad to ...
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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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Playing Diablo 1 on Windows 7

I just found an old copy of Diablo (the first game) in a box and whacked it into my laptop I purchased just yesterday. After the quick install I hit play and found that the screen remained black (...
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How do I run Space 1889/Twilight 2000/Mega Traveller in Windows 7

I have windows 7. I have two old Paragon games Space 1889 and Twilight 2000. How do I play them or get them to work in windows 7? I have just obtained the three Mega Traveller games and want to play ...
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Where can I get a version of Pax Imperia for Windows?

Back in the old days I used to have Pax Imperia on an old Mac. That game was awesome, but I've not been able to find a version of it for Windows. Does anyone know if there is a version of it available?...
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Lara talks at hyperspeed?

I found an old old copy of Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness. I got it installed and at first it ran super-fast. So I googled and found the advice to turn on Wait For V-Sync. Now the menu and game ...
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The Longest Journey won't run on Windows 7

Upon trying to play The Longest Journey downloaded from GOG.com the intro video isn't shown (I can only hear the sound) and the 3D models during the first scene seem to flicker. I have an NVIDIA ...
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Restart a new game+ in Mass Effect 1

So I have recently decided to replay the trilogy to flesh out some achievements and re-experience it before Andromeda comes out. I have a level 59 character I want to start a new file with and play ...
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Playstation 3 Backwards Compatibility and Upgradability

My PS2 has finally died, and I am looking to hunt down a PS3 60GB for the hardware backwards compatibility. I've located a few for ~250$. Since I've never really used a PS3, I have a few questions. ...
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Mafia 2 save game won't load because it requires DLC I've never owned (XBox One, Games With Gold)

Years ago, I purchased Mafia 2 for XBox 360 through Games with Gold. In the last year, I started playing Mafia 2 on my XBox One X which was now playable through backward compatibility. I played off ...
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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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Playing Old LAN games over internet

There are many old games which had solid LAN gaming systems (like Red Alert 2) and were fun to play with friends. But now that we have internet would it be possible to setup any kind of virtual LAN to ...
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Is there any shorcut for the ''PS Button'' on Ps3, using a Ps1/Ps2 Controller?

I got the first three Sony consoles (and the PSP too) the thing is, i like to use my old PS1 controller (the analog one) on my Ps2 and Ps3, everything works fine, but the only thing i'm missing, at ...
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Which Xbox games can be played on the Xbox 360?

I have an Xbox 360, and I want to buy the old Splinter Cell games that were available on the original Xbox. I know the Xbox 360 isn't fully backwards compatible, though, so I'm not sure if the ...
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Xbox One Games with gold Issue

I'm having an issue with buying the 360 Games with Gold titles on my Xbox One. Whenever I attempt to purchase one (on the Xbox) I'm told I'm unable to make this purchase at Xbox.com, please attempt ...
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Mod Version Compatibility

I am putting together a modded survival LP and was wondering, since some of my mods don't go past 1.5.2, would mods from 1.6.4 work in 1.5.2? If this helps, the mod only adds blocks and there is ...
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Global Operations don't work on Windows 8.1

I recently installed Global Operations on my Windows 8.1 laptop (Dell 15R N5110). The intro video plays at the start of the game but after that I get the error "Global Operations Client has Stopped ...
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Age of Empires 1 + Windows 7 SP1 = “Could not initialize graphics system. Make sure that your video card and driver are compatible with DirectDraw”"

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 ...
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Does Diablo 2 LOD Run On Latest Mac OS X (April 2017)?

An extension of this question, does Diablo 2 LOD run on OSX <= 10.12? I just tested this on 10.10 Yosemite and it installed, but my screen is flickering weird colors when in full-screen mode... ...
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Is the Nintendo Switch backwards compatible?

Is the Nintendo Switch backwards compatible with games or accessories from previous Nintendo consoles?
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How do I get an older Windows 95/98 game to run in Windows 7 64-bit without some colors looking off?

Recently EA released the first few Command and Conquer games for free on their website. I've downloaded and installed the first one for 64-bit (the download for 64-bit versions of Windows can be found ...
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Sound works but no music?

I want to run Master of Magic with dosbox and i think i am missing something obvious regarding the sound/music settings. I do have in game sound but without any music. Strangely i have chosen the same ...
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Is the Homeworld series compatible with Windows 7 x64?

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 ...
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Legal ways of playing old games that aren't for sale any longer

There are a few old games that I want to play again (mostly Earthbound for the SNES), however I am finding it REALLY hard to get hold of a copy for a good price, as well as the requirement of ...
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Playing Steam's Jedi Knight: Dark Forces 2 on a modern machine

I purchased and downloaded Jedi Knight: Dark Forces 2 via Steam not too long ago. It's been nearly 20 years since I last played, and I was feeling somewhat nostalgic. Unfortunately, I found that it ...
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Command and Conquer: Generals Zero-Hour on Windows 8?

I've nearly reached the breaking point with this game. A few more failed startups and my fist will be through my monitor. I've tried everything on the Internet. I've gone through four Google pages ...
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Can I play Minecraft with my 360 friends on an Xbox one emulating minecraft 360?

Is it possible to play Minecraft with my Xbox 360 friends online using backward compatibility on Xbox one? So I would buy Minecraft 360 , put it in my Xbox one, can I play it with my Xbox 360 friends ...
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Is GTA 5 backwards compatible between Xbox 360 and Xbox One S? [duplicate]

If my friend uses the backwards compatibility to play GTA 5 360 version on Xbox One S, and I use the Xbox One S version of the game, can I still play GTA 5 with him? We will both be playing on our ...
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Are compatible Xbox 360 3D games also 3D on Xbox one?

Xbox One has released the ability to emulate a wide range of Xbox 360 games. Does the Xbox One retain the ability to use the 3D display feature of select Xbox 360 games?
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Can I play the original Destiny on my XBox One with someone on XBox 360? [duplicate]

There are questions similar to this, but none are helping me. I love the Destiny games. Always have. My Dad is looking to spend some video game time with me, and I thought this would be the perfect ...
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Running Stars! on Windows 7

It's the holidays and I'm feeling a bit nostalgic so I've decided to break out my old copy of Stars!. Unfortunately I can't get it running on Windows 7. The troubleshooter suggests running in XP SP2 ...
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Can Skylander Giants be used on the PS4 Swap Force?

My daughter wants one of the Giant figures after playing on a friends Wii - Before I buy any I wanted to check if they will work on the Swap Force starter pack for the Ps4 - thanks!
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Why do people use DOSBox over Virtualbox in a gaming context?

I've noticed that a number of people here use DOSBox for playing older titles on modern PC hardware. I am very familiar with VirtualBox, I use it to virtualize several operating systems. I have also ...
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Playing Windows 2000 games in windowed Mode in Windows 10

I have a game that dates pre-Windows 2000/ME on hard copy that I tend to play on my PC. The game (Throne of Darkness) is brilliant to play, however I would much like to run it in Windowed mode as my ...
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Xbox One S Games Compatible with the Xbox 360

My husband & I have an XBox One S & have a friend with an Xbox 360. We want to play Borderlands. Is that possible?
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Is Call of Duty: Ghosts backwards compatible?

If I have a Xbox 360 version of CoD Ghosts and play on the Xbox One can I play with people who have a Xbox One disc?
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How do I run “Frogger 2 - Swampy's Revenge” on newer computers?

Someone gave me the PC version of Frogger 2 - Swampy's Revenge as a birthday present. Unfortunataly the installation does not start in Windows 7, even when running in compatibility mode. It is a ...
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Windows 95/DirectX 2 game too slow on Windows 10

I managed to archaeologically dig out a game that I really enjoyed when I was younger, Laser Kombat. The problem is that it runs at literary half an fps and thus it is nigh unplayable. Are there any ...
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Game Won't Launch from CD

I ordered American McGee's Alice from eBay and it seemed to read just fine when I put it in my computer. The autoplay menu worked correctly and allowed me to install the game, but when I double-click ...
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Why does RollerCoaster Tycoon (original) on Windows 7 display a black screen on launch?

I'm currently trying to avoid Windows XP mode since the Windows 7 installation itself is a VM (running on a Mac Mini). Regardless, here's my description of the problem. The game successfully ...
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Playing Age of Mythology on Windows 10

I am a big fan of Age of Mythology and it worked perfectly on my computer on Windows 7. A few weeks ago I upgraded to Windows 10 and now I get the below error message: ACCESS DENIED - Please login ...
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Can I use an Xbox One giftcard to buy a 360 game for my Xbox One?

I want to buy Fallout 3 for my Xbox One using a 15 dollar giftcard I recently received. I have already put the money in my account and I was wondering if I could use it to buy the game, as it is a 360 ...
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How does DLC work with Xbox One backwards compatibility?

I read that all of the downloadable content was included with the Rare Replay backwards compatible 360 titles (Kameo, etc.) Is that true for all games? For example, if I have Red Dead Redemption as a ...