Windows 10: Old game compatibility

Discus and support Old game compatibility in Windows 10 Gaming to solve the problem; My dad has a lot of old game from the early 2000s. Rome: Total war and its Barbarian Invasion and a couple of other games he loved to play don’t work... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Gaming' started by joevos, Apr 16, 2020.

  1. joevos Win User

    Old game compatibility


    My dad has a lot of old game from the early 2000s. Rome: Total war and its Barbarian Invasion and a couple of other games he loved to play don’t work on his computer any more. He’s running latest version of Windows 10 and is even part of the Beta testing group. He loved to play these old games and with all this spare time on our hands he wanted to play it again. So when I went to fix it I looked it up. While it seems many other had this problem, switching to compatibility mode usually solves it. So I did that and it still wont run. What should I do now to fix it? I do want to figure it out quickly so he has something to do while he’s stuck inside all the time.

    :)
     
    joevos, Apr 16, 2020
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  2. Wanting to run old games

    Hi Jameson,

    Welcome to Microsoft Community. Your interest in Windows 10 is much appreciated.

    I would suggest you to refer the below link and check the compatibility of the game with Windows 10.

    Explore Windows 10 OS, Computers, Apps, & More | Microsoft

    You may also try installing the game in compatibility mode.
    Follow these steps to install the game software in compatibility mode and check if that helps.


          • Right-click on the game setup file and click on
            ‘properties’.

          • Click on the ‘compatibility’ tab and check the box
            ‘Run this program in compatibility mode for’ and select Windows 8 operating system from the drop down menu and proceed with the installation. Once this is done, restart the computer and check if the issue persists.
    If the issue still persists, I would suggest you to get in touch with the game manufacturer if it’s specific to that particular game.

    Keep us posted if you face any issues on windows in future. We will be glad to help you.
     
    Annu Singh, Apr 16, 2020
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  3. Trying to play a VERY old game in "Compatibility Mode": Wrath of the Gods

    Hello Bowyer,



    Thank you for posting your query in Microsoft Community Forums. We are glad to help you.



    Install app in Compatibility mode

    I would suggest you to install the game in compatibility mode and check: Follow these steps:




    • Download the game from the manufacturer’s website.

    • Right-click on the game setup file and click on
      ‘properties’.

    • Click on the ‘compatibility’ tab and check the box
      ‘Run this program in compatibility mode for’ and select Windows 10 from the drop down menu and proceed with the installation. Once this is done, restart the computer and check if the issue persists


    Hope it helps. Do contact us for further queries. We will be happy to assist.



    Thanks and regards,

    Jenith
     
    Jenith_James, Apr 16, 2020
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  4. Old game compatibility

    Windows 10 Game Compatibility

    Hello Debie,

    Thank you for your interest in Windows 10!

    There are some programs that need new definitions compatible with Windows 10. Till the time they are unavailable you can install the programs compatible with previous versions of operating system in compatibility mode. If you can access the executable (.exe)
    file for the game, I would suggest you to follow the below provided steps:

    Step 1: Download and save the game on the desktop.

    Step 2: Install the game in compatibility mode.

    • Right click on the .exe file, and click on Properties.
    • Go to the Compatibility tab.
    • Check the box for Run this program in compatibility mode for:
    • Select Windows 8 (or any other compatible OS) in the list of Operating systems.
    • Click OK.
    • Double-click the executable file to install the game and follow the onscreen instructions.
    • Reboot your computer.
    Additional information:

    Make older programs compatible with this version of Windows

    Hope this information is helpful. Do let us know if you need any further assistance, we'll be glad to assist you.
     
    Harkanwar Singh, Apr 16, 2020
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