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Does anybody know how I can know if a PC game is compatible with my OS?

posted by roberttitus on - last edited - Viewed by 174 users

Like there are a few older games that I am wanting, but I run Windows 7. The thing is that a lot of the games that I'm looking at don't say that they are compatible with Windows 7. For example Sonic Adventure DX.... it says that its highest OS specification is Windows XP. Then again at the time of its release I'm pretty sure that Vista wasn't even out yet. Thats whats got me confused... does that legitimately mean that its maximum is XP or is it a product of the fact that it was the newest OS at the time?

BTW. Sonic Adventure DX is just an example, so please don't think that this question is limited only to it.

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  • In your example there's basically no way to know for sure. There's no guarantee of forwards compatibility but just because Vista and 7 aren't mentioned it doesn't mean the game absolutely won't work. Basically, do a load of googling if you're unsure.

  • If you're okay with it, you could always download a pirate copy of the game to see if it works and then buy it if it does.

  • @Fealiks said: If you're okay with it, you could always download a pirate copy of the game to see if it works and then buy it if it does.



    I have a terrible fear of going to prison man... I try to stay away from illegal downloads whenever possible. I mean I get what you are saying... to buy it later (& truthfully I would) but that is hardly a good defense when Sega of America (or the various other companies that I would be forced to do that with) would be suing me for everything that I own.

  • What game are you trying to run? I have windows 7 and some old games running on my machine.

  • If a game says it's suited for XP then it should generally work with 7 with little to no tweaking. Usually at most you'd have to run it in compatibility mode which goes as far back as 95 though the older the less likely it'll run perfectly or even at all. It's even more of a problem when you have a 64-bit OS, which is still compatible with most things from the last 10 years as there is support for 32-bit programs but there is no support for 16-bit ones which I found out to my frustration when trying to replay Blade Runner.

    Best way to find out if a game will work on a system like yours is to search through the forums for the game or just general gaming places as there should be at least one other person out there who is wondering the same as you but may already own the game and so is able to inform the world.

  • @Icedhope said: What game are you trying to run? I have windows 7 and some old games running on my machine.



    Well mainly ones that I'm thinking about purchasing

    1. Sonic Adventure DX
    2. Crazy Taxi III
    3. The Prince of Persia Sands Trilogy
    4. Borderlands (Which is actually also compatible with Vista)
    5. Unreal Tournament (My favorite FPS of all time)
    6. Kao the Kangaroo


    Those are the main games at the moment.... they are cheap (well minus Borderlands) & fun so I figure... why not?

  • Just search the game name and windows 7 and see what experiences other people have had

  • @JedExodus said: Just search the game name and windows 7 and see what experiences other people have had



    It doesn't work that way....


    I did just that & most of the time no (valid) results pop up

  • Borderlands works fine, the only game I have that was a pain to run the first time was Halo 2 Vista.

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    If it says 'for Windows XP', it'll work on 7. Difference being that you might have to install DirectX 9 (easy enough) or older versions of .NET and Visual C redistributables. You will find the Microsoft download centre links to any of these things as the first result on Google.

    If it says 98 or 95, you'll have a hard time. Especially if you're running 64bit 7 as 16bit executables (meaning most games from before 1997) won't run without emulation or interpretation (such as DOSBox, ScummVM etc) and not all games have such tools built for them.

    It's very strange that no one has built a 16bit library for 64bit Windows.

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