Wanting to install a Windows 95 game on a Windows 7 PC...

#1 Posted by fireflys_locket (68 posts) -

I don't play a lot of games on my PC, so I'm wondering if there's anything special I'd need to do to get this game to work.

#2 Posted by BoG (5191 posts) -

What game is it? If it's available on GoG.com, it might just be easier to spend $5 and have all of the incompatibility issues taken care of for you.

#3 Posted by Seedofpower (3937 posts) -

Dos Box. Save yourself a headache.

#4 Posted by fireflys_locket (68 posts) -

The game is Titanic: Adventure Out of Time. And I don't quite know what a Dos Box is... I really don't do much more on my PC than internet and The Sims 2.

#5 Edited by MattyFTM (14417 posts) -

It depends on the specific game. Some might run out of the box. Some might need some tweaking. Some might be almost impossible to run without a virtual machine.

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#6 Posted by Seedofpower (3937 posts) -

@fireflys_locket: It's a PC emulator, A lot of games from that era don't run on anything with xp or up. This program pretends to be Dos, the old operating system, and will run games from that time. If you buy games from GoG, they usually come installed with Dos Box.

#7 Posted by Von (328 posts) -

@fireflys_locket said:

The game is Titanic: Adventure Out of Time. And I don't quite know what a Dos Box is... I really don't do much more on my PC than internet and The Sims 2.

The first few links here should get you started.

#8 Posted by 71Ranchero (2782 posts) -

@Von said:

@fireflys_locket said:

The game is Titanic: Adventure Out of Time. And I don't quite know what a Dos Box is... I really don't do much more on my PC than internet and The Sims 2.

The first few links here should get you started.

Is that necessary? This is a video game website last i checked, pretty sure we aren't too good to answer questions regarding them.

#9 Posted by DeF (4925 posts) -
#10 Posted by Von (328 posts) -

@Atramentous said:

@Von said:

@fireflys_locket said:

The game is Titanic: Adventure Out of Time. And I don't quite know what a Dos Box is... I really don't do much more on my PC than internet and The Sims 2.

The first few links here should get you started.

Is that necessary? This is a video game website last i checked, pretty sure we aren't too good to answer questions regarding them.

Sorry, didn't mean to sound condescending. I just like to post google links that way. :) I can confirm that it works under VMWare though, but you need a win95 disc for that.

#11 Posted by fox01313 (5083 posts) -

Also if you are going with the dosbox route for anything, go after the frontend programs they list on the site. I've been happy with dosshell & haven't tried many others but it essentally acts like the launcher from steam (saving you having to type everything in all the time to get a game going). Last time I checked on another Win95 game that doesn't work on Vista/Win7 is Nocturne. Hopefully the people like me interested in the game, will read this & save themselves the headache of trying to get it working.

#12 Posted by fireflys_locket (68 posts) -

@Von: I'm afraid I don't have a Windows 95 disc. I did already check that website, since I'm a big fan of the game, and I knew about it beforehand. ^_^ Thanks for trying, though.

#13 Posted by fireflys_locket (68 posts) -

@Seedofpower: Thank you for the advice; I shall try it soon. ^_^

#14 Posted by Elbon (368 posts) -

All you need is a virtual pc very simple to set up and easy to use

#15 Posted by ArclightBorealis (1563 posts) -

Christ, I went through this same process you're going through for the past couple weeks. For the same game, even.

#16 Posted by fireflys_locket (68 posts) -

@Alaska_Gamer: Really? That's interesting to hear. Did it work out? Were you able to play through the game?

#17 Posted by DeF (4925 posts) -

@fox01313 said:

Also if you are going with the dosbox route for anything, go after the frontend programs they list on the site. I've been happy with dosshell & haven't tried many others but it essentally acts like the launcher from steam (saving you having to type everything in all the time to get a game going). Last time I checked on another Win95 game that doesn't work on Vista/Win7 is Nocturne. Hopefully the people like me interested in the game, will read this & save themselves the headache of trying to get it working.

aaww man Nocturne! I remember playing the demo over and over back in the day.

That's the part where gaming sucks ... being tied to specific hardware/software to run the games.

#18 Posted by ArclightBorealis (1563 posts) -

@fireflys_locket: I was able to, but it wasn't easy.

For start, installing Windows 95 requires both an install CD and a boot disk (a floppy). Obviously people these days don't have floppy drives, so you'll have to look for a boot disk image file to download. Same can be done with the install CD, just find an iso for download. Then a problem came for me during the installation where certain files could not be copied over. If that happens, don't worry about it, most of them are for networking. The real problem is getting a sound card set up, because the game won't run without one. That was a much bigger headache for me. Since there are so many different sound cards to install, just go with Creative Sound Blaster 16.

It is doable, but you'll probably be doing a lot of searches for help on how to figure out a problem.

BTW, it's best to use VMWare since it's better at hardware emulation than Virtual PC.

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