Have you ever had a retro flashback when looking through your old collections of games? I found a copy of the game “Neverhood” and wanted to install it on Windows XP. No luck. Not even with compability settings (windows 95) turned on. I did a quick google-search and found many threads ending with “.. this game will not work in Windows XP”. I do have a valid Windows 98 SE serial, but i don’t have any computer to install it. The sollution (after many hours of trying and failing) was acutally quite easy, and was made possible by Microsoft themselves!
Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 (free)
What you need is this :
- A computer running Microsoft Windows XP/Vista or 7
- A copy of Windows Virtual PC 2007
- A valid copy of Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows 98 SE
- All the retro windows-games you can’t get running in Windows XP or above
Create a new virtual machine within Microsoft Virtual PC 2007.
Choose what operating system you are planning to install.
Set RAM – 64 MB should be enough for Windows 95/98.
Choose to make a new virtual harddrive.
Choose where to install the virtual harddrive (will be stored as a file), and choose the amount of space you need for retro gaming!
Start the Virtual Machine. As you see you can’t boot since the harddrive is empty, and you have (probably) not inserted a cd with Windows 98. Insert Windows 95/98 into your CD-rom (or your virtual cd-rom like Daemon tools or the like) and choose the cd-rom-drive from “CD” in the Virtual PC menu.
Start your Windows 98 install and do a typically installation (press next, next, next)
Install the Virtual Machine Additions from the Action-menu for more options and smoother running! Also set the desktop size and colors (800x600x16 mill colors is a good choice)
Install your favorite games, and have some retro fun!
Thanks to Khelban for tipsing me about Virtual PC 2007. I also tried Sun VirtualBox, but I didn’t find the video-card drivers and finally gave up. Gaming in 640x480x16 colors is no fun.
Please leave a comment if you want to have a game tested virtually
Next time i hope we can test som DOS-games. I found a copy of the game “Lost Eden” in my shelf as well, and this game is “DOS-only” Happy gaming!