I can play Whispered World and Quest for Glory. Jack Keane and the Puzzle Quest crash on opening.
Other games have this problem and some don't.
There is a known XP bug related to DX 9.0. Could this be the problem?
"Article ID: 982485 - Last Review: October 25, 2010 - Revision: 2.1
A DirectX 9.0 application crashes on a computer that has more than 16 logical processors configured"