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anyone use a secondary pc for old dos or xp games ?

StarJump

Member
ive been feeling nostalgia lately and decided wanted to install xp on my old dell that came with windows 8 and 7 worked well ! xD so im stuck after its loading files and i think the SSD is too new for it so now im going to get a 500gb 7200rpm hard drive and also a new dvd drive just incase since i think this one is about to go out on me i also had to put a new button battery becouse i couldnt get into the bios.....just one thing after another XD lol.
 

ben909

vaporeon character != mushroom characters
does virtual box count?
 

ben909

vaporeon character != mushroom characters
sure does xD but as for me im trying to run real cds so its gonna be a bit of a challenge XD
i have had mixed results with it, particularly because it cannot find any internet connections easly, i had to find the cd for my usb enternet adapter to instill the driver and get any connection, even if i barely needed it

also computer has no cd drive so thats a challenge
 

Trevorbluesquirrel

Well-Known Member
I have a Windows XP Virtual Machine on Windows 7, and I can install and run some old 90's and 2000's games from disc, though not full screen! : (

I've been looking into a Windows 95 Emulator, but can't figure out how 2 make it work, bugger! : (
 

ben909

vaporeon character != mushroom characters
I have a Windows XP Virtual Machine on Windows 7, and I can install and run some old 90's and 2000's games from disc, though not full screen! : (

I've been looking into a Windows 95 Emulator, but can't figure out how 2 make it work, bugger! : (
how do you run the vm, it seemed easy to set 2 up on virtual box, baring the amount of storage space needed
 
As someone who uses a lot of old hardware on a regular basis (anywhere from computers contemporary in 1999 to the Windows Vista/7 age) for nostalgia, troubleshooting, and gaming reasons, as well as earlier hardware on a less regular basis, I can say that emulation is by far a better route if you're just looking to play some old games. VirtualBox, for example, lets you add a real CD drive as your emulated CD drive, as long as the computer that you're emulating on still has a physical ODD (if not, a cheap USB one should work too).

If you're absolutely dedicated to running on real hardware, you might need something slightly older for XP. Problematically, some computers from the era of Windows 8/8.1/10 just really don't like running Windows XP and earlier, even when you turn off all the newer features in the BIOS, and I haven't been able to discern explicitly why. Does it blue screen when you attempt to install XP?
 

Firuthi Dragovic

World Serpent, overly defensive
DOSBox for any DOS game and an XP virtual machine that I only use for Windows games that absolutely require less than 64 bits.

It still has trouble with a few games but it's the best I can do.

I recently had to throw out 3.1-era computer hardware because as much as I wanted to keep that for authenticity purposes, I simply did not have the space available.
 

Pomorek

Antelope-Addicted Hyena
I'm one spoiled beast and I want my old games to run & look better than they used to. So emulation is the way to go.
  • GZDoom engine for Doom-based games. Adds loads of goodies such as texture filtering, mod support and modern controls.
  • Build GDX does the same for Build Engine games (DN3D, Blood, Shadow Warrior, Redneck Rampage...). Must say, this one was practically impossible to discover on Google because of the nondescript name! I wanted a Build emulator for a long time and didn't know it already existed. It was only a mention on some forum that pointed me in the right direction.
  • Darkplaces engine for Quake. Quite mind-blowing, what can modern rendering tickle out of that old game.
  • DOS Box for anything that's not covered by those above.
 

TR273

Pirate Fox Mom
I've got an old Pentium 2 running Windows 98se for some of my older games.
(I need to wipe and reinstall actually, the OS is getting unstable again)
 

GroovySpaceFox

Well-Known Member
I have a Windows 98 system with a Pentium III and a Windows XP system with an AMD Athlon XP CPU. The cases on both systems could use some work. The front bezel on the Pentium III system is cracked and the Athlon system is missing the side panel.
 

SnowBorne

Member
Windows xp will run on 2.5 sata ssd but not on m.2 ssd i would install windows from a cd or dvd instead of a usb drive i had many issues when i tried boot windows xp from usb flash drive oh yeah also try to avoid using service pack 1 if your windows copy comes with service pack 1 then after the installation is done download the service pack 3 update from internet
 

Miles Marsalis

The Last DJ.
I use my old college laptop for XP games like Freelancer, Omikron the Nomad Soul, Phantasy Star Online, and Deus Ex, but it's been awhile since I've booted it up.
 

Trevorbluesquirrel

Well-Known Member
how do you run the vm, it seemed easy to set 2 up on virtual box, baring the amount of storage space needed

I installed Windows XP Mode on my Windows 7 Desktop!

I followed the steps on a page like these!





I wish they had a Windows 95 Mode!
 

x_eleven

Active Member
"anyone use a secondary pc for old dos or xp games ?"

I have a secondary PC that I installed Win-7 (32 bit) to run Poker clients: Black Chip Poker. It originally had XP, and I ran that, but got warnings that some features may not work. I kept it until it quit working.
 
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