How To Run Old Games on Windows 7/8/10


You moaned and complained about it. “This game doesn’t work on Windows 10!”, “Why can’t I run game X on my ultra modern computer?” Well, fear not, because here’s the fix for you – a self-contained XP SP3 Virtual Machine that can run most games between and including 1996 and 2005. It’s easy to set up – simply install VMware Workstation, open the Virtual Machine, and begin installing all of your old retro games that crashed and burned on Windows 10. Instructions are included.

This XP has been pimped out with all of the essentials you freeloaders need – drivers, Direct3D and Glide support, PowerISO, WinRar, a few test games, video codecs… hell, you can even connect to the internet if you have the right router setup (why would you do that tho?).

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A few mentions – I haven’t tested that many games with it, but it did run several 2D and 3D (both software and hardware accelerated) games quite flawlessly. The one issue I never managed to fix the lack of screen resizing when opening games – they simply won’t fill up the entire screen as they normally would on a real monitor. You can ameliorate this by playing at a higher resolution or just lowering your host computer’s resolution. Have fun and let me know how well it works.

Download Links for xp_vm_opcg.rar (5.5 GB):


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Usage Instructions

1. Install the provided VMware Player and restart your PC.
2. After restart, open VMware (use desktop shortcut).
3. Go to Player/File/Open.
4. Open the folder where you extracted the Virtual Machine, then open XP_Pro_Per.
5. Click “I copied it” if you get a prompt about any VM modification.
6. If you get an offer to download VMWare Tools, just ignore – you already got it.

29 Comments

  1. Mksn says:

    Nice, it’s working perfectly, Thank you πŸ™‚

  2. I forgot to mention, do NOT download the newest version of VMWare Workstation. It will still run the Virtual Machine, but you can’t disable mouse integration. What this means is that, when playing 3D shooters, the camera view becomes completely unusable (it will jump around everywhere). On the older versions this problem is not present.

    Also when playing games, the mouse cursor will lock into the virtual machine, so when you push the mouse at the edge, it won’t escape the VM window. You can switch out of the virtual machine (without closing the game) by pressing Ctrl+Alt.

  3. Rimantas says:

    Interesting thing, but i think it would have hard times with Half-Life 2, Doom 3 for example. Emulators never give 100% experience. Same with Dosbox, i changed many settings, but Blood will not run perfectly – often lags more or less. If someone will try 2000-2005 games on this vmachine, please share experiences here.

  4. DNT says:

    @Rimantas:
    I don’t believe you need win xp or any emulator of, to play games like HL2 or Doom3, i know they run good on any Windows later than xp/vista, no compatibility mode needed.

  5. Rimantas says:

    DNT, i mentioned these two for example. I think there are more games from these years which would crash on new Wins and maybe would lag on vmachine. I don’t use virtual machine and i think will never use, because i have Win XP PC and laptop. That’s why i asked everyone to share experiences. I’m curious what this thing can do.

  6. I installed Doom 3 demo and the game works to my surprise, runs at 25-30 fps on medium graphics.

  7. buvazp says:

    Hello guys i have a quick question. What can I do with games that cannot even start the setup. I always get the ” This app can’t run on your PC” message … I have a windows 10. Tried EVERYTHING to get the old Hercules game running but it just won’t budge πŸ™

  8. Nilo Botay says:

    I may have the solution to fill the entire screen. Just run the borderless gaming program. This is very useful for video games that you can only play in window mode. This is the link below.

    https://borderless-gaming.en.uptodown.com/windows

  9. thanks for this information,it will be use full to me

  10. chromax says:

    I once tried with VMs, but itΒ΄s s such a hassle.

    With compatiblity mode and Dosbox I get nearly every game. Early 3D games from Win95 were a problem, but with nGlide (http://www.zeus-software.com/downloads/nglide) even the old 3dfx games work again.

  11. Ce Tecpatl says:

    Well, the best virtual machine for me (or maybe, time machine;) is WinXP itself. I don’t play games newer than 2010 (’cause I don’t like ’em at all), so I just got rid of Win7 and installed the good old XP on my secret gamer PC.

    In case of (rare) troubles I use DxWnd.

  12. JH says:

    This note is to echo “Ce Tecpatl”…a kindred spirit! We think exactly alike. I also use native WinXP on several older machines, not only for games but also as my “main” machines. It is the newer machines that I treat as the “experimental” or “development” ones, and use them to surf the web and try anything potentially risky to system stability. Nothing will really ever replace WinXP, it seems.

    (And I also agree about playing only older games. Although my own favorites tend to be older than 2010…)

  13. Ce Tecpatl says:

    An answer to JH:

    Hail to you too, a kindred spirit!

    Well, I have Win7-32 on my ‘main’ PC, but it’s occupied all day long with my wife and her Internet shopping, and with my two kids and their cartoons-watching πŸ™‚

    So I made an “old fart’s cozy corner” for myself, with PC rigged with 10 y.o. hardware on board, and with WinXP, and with NO Internet at all (I have enough of this plague on my workplace, and I never played or play or would play online or multiplayer, except a couple of correspondence chess games from time to time).

    And I just say that I don’t play games NEWER than 2010 (as for now, the newest one installed is Supreme Commander (2007)). Of course, I like OLDER games more, something between 90s and 00s, I’d say.

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  15. simux says:

    After 2 weeks downloading. Finally I got it. Could go back my old golden leisure times. Thank you OPCG!

  16. I apologize for the pop-ups. I am testing something new.

  17. I’m back. Don’t panic. Just a server screw up.

  18. Charles says:

    Oh thanks!

  19. jackd says:

    Have you considered using google drive or openload for your links?

  20. Backford says:

    When I open it in the VM Workstation player it says: Failed to open Virtual Machine: VMX file is corrupt. Please help how I can fix this.

  21. abed says:

    hi,

    I downloaded AOE 2 in my windows 10 and it is working, but I cant make it as full screen.

    Please advise me what to do.

    Thanks;

  22. jmfindorff says:

    For anyone using VMWare Workstation 12 and up, in order to disable mouse integration, go to edit, then preferences, select input and click the drop-down menu for optimize mouse for games and select always.

  23. jmfindorff says:

    And this is for VMWare Workstation only, not VMWare Player

  24. Athlonite says:

    Seems Quake II runs perfectly fine under Windows 10 x64 pro so really don’t know why you’d need this VM to run it

  25. Most old games don’t run under win10, so it’s a plan B if that happens.

  26. jess says:

    I’ve downloaded the rar file, either from the mirror and torrent. But when I try to extract them, it’s always file CRC error. I already tried on two different machine but the result is same. Do the file corrupted?

  27. jess says:

    Hi, I managed to extract the VM. I run it on virtualbox on Ubuntu and it was successful. I tried the pre-installed AOE and it was smooth..

    Anyway, I try to play Stunt GP from this site on the VM, and it was always failed to load (it started but in a second it’s gone)..

    Anyone also have this experience? Thanks

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