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Installing Old Games That Utilize Microsoft Direct X

I just learned something that may be useful to some who enjoy installing and playing old games, or whose kids or grand kids enjoy playing old games.

Looking for something new for my grand kids, I recalled an old game my son played called Planet Blupi .

I could not run it directly from the CD, since, as the advisory informed me, it had an issue (my machine is 64-bit).

Attempting to install it from disc to the hard drive, rather than run it from the DVD, it wanted to install Microsoft Direct X. However, the game claimed the Direct X they provided was too old for the computer.My son figured it probably would not run, and it seemed he was correct.

A hard loser, I decided to install. the game telling the disc that I did not choose to use the Microsoft Direct X. My son figured, again, no way.

IT WORKED. The game runs on my Windows 7 machine.

The takeaway is this: don't assume from a generic advisory that difficulty in installation is the nature of the game itself. It just might be Direct X or some other add-on you are told to add to the game. Old Microsoft Direct X seemed incompatible with 64-bit. Funny!

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MegL wrote on January 18, 2018, 12:03 PM

I loved one of the old games, I think it was the original civilisation and have never been able to find one that would work (so it said) maybe I will just buy it and try installing anyway. On the other hand, that might be a VERY bad idea.

Last Edited: January 18, 2018, 12:05 PM

VinceSummers wrote on January 18, 2018, 12:51 PM

If it is a DOS game, likely DOSBox (free, online emulator) will work.

MegL wrote on January 18, 2018, 5:00 PM

Oh dear, I might be tempted to try that and then there would be NO WORK done at all! LOL. OOOhhhhh Dosbox comes from a respected publisher and there is a youtube video showing the original Sid Meier's civilization. Better turn it off quickly!!!!

Last Edited: January 18, 2018, 5:11 PM