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#971917 - 08/06/14 07:42 PM WIN 8.1 trouble playing games
Midge Offline
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Registered: 04/30/00
Posts: 15613
Loc: Massachusetts
I was told to post this question here so here goes. I recently purchased WIN8.1 and would like to try playing a game but it seems that nothing I try does not load. I know I'm missing something but I don't know what. Any suggestions?

Midge hearts
Just do it.

#971918 - 08/06/14 07:49 PM Re: WIN 8.1 trouble playing games [Re: Midge]
InlandAZ Offline
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Registered: 08/14/02
Posts: 7087
Loc: Arizona
What is the game? Most that play under Windows 7 have no issues at all.

#971990 - 08/07/14 09:03 AM Re: WIN 8.1 trouble playing games [Re: Midge]
Cathy1 Offline
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Registered: 05/10/03
Posts: 7695
Loc: Calgary Alberta Canada
Do you still need DX 9.0c for this OS?
" If Cornoil Comes From Corn
Where Doe's Babyoil Come From "

#971996 - 08/07/14 09:18 AM Re: WIN 8.1 trouble playing games [Re: Midge]
traveler Offline
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Registered: 01/14/10
Posts: 3293
Loc: Rivellon

I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but it isn't the OS that needs it, it's the games.
Generally, a game that needs DX 9 will ask if you want to install it and you'd better say yes. grin

It probably wouldn't hurt if you downloaded it to your computer anyway.
It won't override DX 11 or whatever is the latest.

"Best not to think about it. I don't want to fall to bits 'cos of excess existential thought."

#972163 - 08/08/14 10:42 AM Re: WIN 8.1 trouble playing games [Re: Midge]
Jenny100 Offline
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Registered: 10/24/00
Posts: 38879
Loc: southeast USA
We need more information about what games you're trying to play.
If you're trying to play a DOS game, it will have to be played using DOSBox or ScummVM -- unless it's an updated version that has the DOSBox or ScummVM already built into the installer.

If you're talking about Still Life or Post Mortem, they don't work on most Windows 8 computers (which is why GOG and Steam don't support them on Windows 8).

Most games that work on Windows 7 will work, but some of the older ones need compatibility mode, or to be run as administrator, or to be installed some place other than C:\Program Files or C:\Program Files (x86).

If you're talking about a new game, but your computer has a video card that doesn't meet the required spec, the video card will have to be updated. If the video card does meet the requirements, it may need different drivers, possibly newer, possibly older.

If you're talking about an old 1990's Windows game that uses an old version of QuickTime, that's a whole other can of worms. Some of them can work with newer QuickTime, but some can only work inside a virtual machine.


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