Anyone here know about pc patches, and how to use them?

I have some of my favourite games on the pc mainly civilization 3 and some of the command and conquer titles. They worked on windows xp, vista, and 2007 I think it was. However they're completely unplayable on either windows 7 or 8, I could have upgraded to 10 but wasn't interested in the design. I've looked up patches online which has said made windows 8.1 (what I have), to use the older systems of windows but has seemed to do fuck all. Any help will be appreciated.


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  • Was the windows vista they worked on 32bit or 64bit? cause some older games don't work right on 64bit operating systems. Also have you tried running the games in compatibility mode? Another thing to watch out for is SafeDisc and Securom DRM games no longer work in windows 8/8.1 and 10 and also windows 7 after a certain update. I had a problem with Simcity 4, it refused to run on windows 8.1 plus windows 10 when I upgraded to it (was due to windows blocking Securom). Windows now prevents SafeDisc and Securom from running which cause the game to not work cause it can't authenticate the game disc. SafeDisc and Securerom was copy protection used on older games to prevent them from being copied.

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    • I gave up on getting SimCity 4 to work and just bought a cheap ($10 cheap) Windows XP computer, now I use it for all my older games.

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    • Are you 100% certain the XP was 64bit, cause close to 99% of XP's were 32 bit. The main reason for this is because XP was released 2 years before the first consumer 64bit processor. XP was released in 2001, but XP x64(64 bit) wasn't released till 2005. Another reason 64 bit XP didn't catch on is because their was a lack of 64 bit device drivers plus it was based on windows 2003 kernel, caused problems for programs and games.

    • Yeah cus dad put the tower together, that things been running for 13/14 years now. Parts has been replaced and changed over the years would have still had cp but there was a nasty trogen and everything had to be reset and it was easier to do so with a new windows.

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  • PC patches = bugfixes, updates etc. (nothing to do with whether or not a game will run)

    What you'd want to try first is compatibility mode if not you could try running it virtually

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  • Use a virtual machine prog. It will run Win XP on a Win anything system.

    Another way is to set up a dual boot system to run Win XP and Win 10 (say) side by side.

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    • Use something like VM Virtual box for the first method. I use it for running MSDos on a Windows PC.

  • Can i ask do you play on any consoles.

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    • Yeah just some games I love playing are on the pc and not avalible in the same way on consoles. But I own a ps2, gc, ds, pc, xbox360, psp, Wii. I've got pretty much all mega drive games downloaded onto my pc and have a connection port on my gc so I can play gba and gbc. I've played the Sega Saturn, Dreamcast and owned a N64 in the past, and played remastered games from the Atari as well.

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    • I've sorta stopped playing games the past couple of years since going to uni and all I have to substitute it with is clash of clans and other puzzle games I have on my phone. Along with my ds and psp but I try not to touch them during the week. And nothing beats a good game of shinning force or command n conquer, though I like most strategy, role playing or adventure games.

    • Command and conquer. Now your talking.

  • Same issue with Age of Empires-Myth. still haven't fully figured it out tho. Right click the icon and mess around with it. Compatibility and resolution are what Id start with.

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  • Stop appropriating the gaming culture!!!

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  • Noob

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