I'm a an adventure big fan, and i like to play thoso long lost old games, but i have a problem, the problem is, as Inferno well knows, Windows XP.
Well, i discoverd the final solution to play all those old games:
The answer is Microsoft Virtual PC.
Download the program from Microsoft, there's a 45 day free trail, and then you can purchase the full version, you can create virtual PC's in your XP.
There is a catch, you need a bootable CD for the operating system you want to install.
In my case i used some old diskettes and installed my very old MS-DOS 6.22, then i took some generic DOS CD-ROM drives (Samsung for me, and finally installed Windows 95 to my "virtual disk".
Virtual PC can emulate DOS, Win 95, Win 98, Win Me and Win 2000.
Finally i installed my games, i started with Febble Files which will defenitely wont work on XP and its running like a charm, i can even copy the saved games from the virtual Win 95 back to my Win XP, then i experimented with Dark Side of the Moon, and joy i had text to play with.
So, if you love those old games, the answer is Microsoft Virtual PC.
Thanks Inferno for your great page on XP settings for games.
Hope i helped a few Boomers to play their old games.
By the way i am no genius, the program was sugested to me by a friend in eMule, she plays a lot of old games too.