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How to play old windows games on Windows 8
« on: August 26, 2014, 00:17:33 AM »
Morning all

Long time appreciator, first time poster.

I've been longing to revisit my youth and play Xwing vs Tie Fighter, and Xwing Alliance first of all

Does anyone have a tried and trusted way to play these on a newish Windows 8 machine

My setup:
A Windows 8 Asus Transformer laptop with 4gb ram
Can't remember the CPU etc (I'm at work) but it's good and only 6 months ago) old
No DVD drive
No joystick

I've got an older Toshiba with an inbuilt DVD which I could use too

Many thanks and blessings coming your way if you have the answer

Nb I'd considered buying an old PC but the wife wouldn't be pleased...

I've got an Apple iie obsession too but that's for another thread

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Re: How to play old windows games on Windows 8
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2014, 00:28:52 AM »
http://www.dosbox.com/comp_list.php?showID=1729&letter=X

Dos Box appears to be your best option from my experience.. A few here are better to answer this question for you..
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Re: How to play old windows games on Windows 8
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2014, 00:46:09 AM »
Hi snowmaan, welcome to RVG.  For DOS games, DOSBox is the best option.  For other retro games (as in, console games), I'd assume emulators would work under Windows 8.  Another possibility, that' I'd assume is still available under Windows 8, is to create a virtual machine with an older version of Windows (i.e., Windows XP or Windows 98) on your laptop.  You don't have to buy a new machine if you can create virtual ones on your current PC.  I know this is possible under Windows 7.

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Re: How to play old windows games on Windows 8
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2014, 01:26:46 AM »
Thanks guys I will give that a try, and also see if anyone else has done it recently.

Love the old Gameplay quality of these and amazing that there's no credible similar versions for ipad and Android devices today.

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Re: How to play old windows games on Windows 8
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2014, 15:13:25 PM »
Got Xwing Alliance working beautifully on my laptop with the latest Logitech joystick, sweet!

These instructions were flawless if anyone else in future wants to do the same

http://www.gog.com/forum/general/how_to ... w_machines

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Re: How to play old windows games on Windows 8
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2014, 21:36:17 PM »
Quote from: "snowmaan"
Got Xwing Alliance working beautifully on my laptop with the latest Logitech joystick, sweet!

These instructions were flawless if anyone else in future wants to do the same

http://www.gog.com/forum/general/how_to_get_xwing_alliance_working_on_windows_7_64bit_and_new_machines

 :113:

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Re: How to play old windows games on Windows 8
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2014, 08:04:18 AM »
Now, I just need to work out how to program the fancy joystick so that the buttons takeover a lot of the controls that I currently do with the keyboard.

I assume that's easy enough and will look to google for that, but if anyone's gone through it before let me know

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Re: How to play old windows games on Windows 8
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2014, 19:23:14 PM »
Glad you are able to play.

I have kept an older computer around to play.


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Re: How to play old windows games on Windows 8
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2014, 21:04:35 PM »
DOSBox does have a button mapper bound to Ctrl+F1, I believe, which you can use to bind things like keyboard keys to the various buttons on the joystick. Which I'd imagine would be very handy for a game like X-Wing.

Let me know if there's anything else I can help you with! Sorry for a slow reply, i've been busy lately. But DOS is kind of my, eh... kind of my thing, if you get my drift.

Also, if you want a way to store all these games and have it so you can run them without dealing with a command line, I'd recommend you over towards D-Fend Reloaded. You can grab it from here, along with a collection of free games that I've complied for the site. You can just use the software it comes with to add in your own games and set your own settings individually.

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Re: How to play old windows games on Windows 8
« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2014, 00:48:32 AM »
Quote from: "Bobinator"
DOSBox does have a button mapper bound to Ctrl+F1, I believe, which you can use to bind things like keyboard keys to the various buttons on the joystick. Which I'd imagine would be very handy for a game like X-Wing.

Let me know if there's anything else I can help you with! Sorry for a slow reply, i've been busy lately. But DOS is kind of my, eh... kind of my thing, if you get my drift.

Also, if you want a way to store all these games and have it so you can run them without dealing with a command line, I'd recommend you over towards D-Fend Reloaded. You can grab it from here, along with a collection of free games that I've complied for the site. You can just use the software it comes with to add in your own games and set your own settings individually.
That's awesome bob thanks!

This is all very exciting stuff and just getting back into it now is cool as I get to replay all these games ahead of me now

Ie

Descent
WarCraft 1 and 2
Age of Empires
Etc

I'm not using Dosbox for XW Alliance, I'm using the above method which works well.

Should I be?

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Re: How to play old windows games on Windows 8
« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2014, 00:57:48 AM »
Well... unfortunately, when you get into Windows territory, that's a lot harder. You could always use a virtual machine, but that would involve having an installation disc of whatever OS you want to install, the knowledge on how to set it up, the space to hold it, and the ability to install the drivers you'd need .I've done it, but it's pretty tricky, I'm not going to lie.

...I really wish somebody would make something like DOSBox for Windows.

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Re: How to play old windows games on Windows 8
« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2014, 01:11:27 AM »
Quote from: "Bobinator"
Well... unfortunately, when you get into Windows territory, that's a lot harder. You could always use a virtual machine, but that would involve having an installation disc of whatever OS you want to install, the knowledge on how to set it up, the space to hold it, and the ability to install the drivers you'd need .I've done it, but it's pretty tricky, I'm not going to lie.

...I really wish somebody would make something like DOSBox for Windows.
Cool

So far the iso loaded image works for XWA

Next to try is Tie Fighter and Xwing vs Tie Fighter - I guess I try the same ISO method if they work.

The thing is, I'm not sure at what point do I need to use Dosbox, I guess if it's only for DOS based games?

I can't remember what is DOS and what is native windows games now

I'm also going to buy a Windows Pentium II machine which will be a dedicated games machine from that era - that should be able to play all these games now I take it?

What specs would you request, based on what you want to use it for.

Ie;

This is what I've requested on the local classifieds - would you make any changes to this spec?

Windows 98
Pentium II - 300
Screen (decent size)
64mb RAM
Voodoo2 or comparable 3D accelerator
4-Button Joystick (optional)
8x speed CD-ROM
300MB Hard Disk Space
Keyboard and mouse

Thanks and sorry for all the questions, just hoping to nip this all in all bud then get into some fun, and showing my son what it's all about too :)

Note I'll use both the old PC and the DOS box new one too

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Re: How to play old windows games on Windows 8
« Reply #12 on: August 30, 2014, 01:12:42 AM »
Quote from: "Bobinator"
Well... unfortunately, when you get into Windows territory, that's a lot harder. You could always use a virtual machine, but that would involve having an installation disc of whatever OS you want to install, the knowledge on how to set it up, the space to hold it, and the ability to install the drivers you'd need .I've done it, but it's pretty tricky, I'm not going to lie.

...I really wish somebody would make something like DOSBox for Windows.
Cool

So far the iso loaded image works for XWA

Next to try is Tie Fighter and Xwing vs Tie Fighter - I guess I try the same ISO method if they work.

The thing is, I'm not sure at what point do I need to use Dosbox, I guess if it's only for DOS based games?

I can't remember what is DOS and what is native windows games now

I'm also going to buy a Windows Pentium II machine which will be a dedicated games machine from that era - that should be able to play all these games now I take it?

What specs would you request, based on what you want to use it for.

Ie;

This is what I've requested on the local classifieds - would you make any changes to this spec?

Windows 98
Pentium II - 300
Screen (decent size)
64mb RAM
Voodoo2 or comparable 3D accelerator
4-Button Joystick (optional)
8x speed CD-ROM
300MB Hard Disk Space
Keyboard and mouse

Thanks and sorry for all the questions, just hoping to nip this all in all bud then get into some fun, and showing my son what it's all about too :)

Note I'll use both the old PC and the DOS box new one too

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Re: How to play old windows games on Windows 8
« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2014, 21:43:05 PM »
The specs look really good not sure I would change anything except maybe eventually a bigger hard drive.  I have been happy with Windows 98 and it seems to run most games fine.

I use a P II 233 with added 5 1/4 along with the 3 1/2 and CD-Rom.

Happy hunting!

 

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