Win98 programs compatible with WinXP?


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Guest

Can WinXP Professional be adjusted so it can run programs designed for
Windows98? Games(FS2002)? Utilities (eg ClipTrakker, autoeject, ClockTick,
Quicken, QuattroPro, etc.)?
Also, is WinXP Prof as good as the Home edition in playing XP games?
Thanks, a budding new computer buyer from Palm Springs, CA
 
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Will Denny

Hi

Try using the Program Compatibility Wizard:

Programs>Accessories.
 
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Patrick Pierson

The honest answer, which probably will be jumped on, is no.

I play a lot of Windows 95/98 games and a lot of them will not play on xp,
even in compatibility mode. And sp2
is even worse.

I have nothing against Microsoft and have used their operating system for
around 10 years, and xp is by far the worst for games. Have you noticed ms
has stopped
approving whql driver for anything below xp. And
that xp is now the only ms os you can buy.

I supported ms through the hearings about them being broken up. Supported
them totally. But I was wrong. It is VERY clear to me that they are using
their monopoly
status to try to force people off of those older system.
The fact that a lot of old but great games will not play on xp is apparently
of no concern to them. As a result a whole generation of great games is
going to die out
and younger people who grow up in the future will
not be able to use them. It makes me sad.
 
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Ken Blake

In
pslarry said:
Can WinXP Professional be adjusted so it can run programs
designed for
Windows98? Games(FS2002)? Utilities (eg ClipTrakker,
autoeject,
ClockTick, Quicken, QuattroPro, etc.)?

Most Windows 98-era programs run on Windows XP without doing
anything special. Some programs require running in compatibility
mode. A very few won't run at all.

Of the programs you mention, I can verify that Quicken, Quattro
Pro, and AutoEject work fine, at least in the versions I've
tried. For the others, try running the Microsoft Upgrade Advisor
at
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/howtobuy/upgrading/advisor.asp

Also, is WinXP Prof as good as the Home edition in playing XP
games?

Yes. Windows XP Home is a subset of XP Professional. Professional
is Home, plus a few extra features, mostly oriented toward
networking and security. There's nothing in Home that isn't also
in Professional, so there's no reason why anything that runs in
Home won't run exactly the same way in Professional.
 
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Rock

Patrick said:
The honest answer, which probably will be jumped on, is no.

I play a lot of Windows 95/98 games and a lot of them will not play on xp,
even in compatibility mode. And sp2
is even worse.

I have nothing against Microsoft and have used their operating system for
around 10 years, and xp is by far the worst for games. Have you noticed ms
has stopped
approving whql driver for anything below xp. And
that xp is now the only ms os you can buy.

I supported ms through the hearings about them being broken up. Supported
them totally. But I was wrong. It is VERY clear to me that they are using
their monopoly
status to try to force people off of those older system.
The fact that a lot of old but great games will not play on xp is apparently
of no concern to them. As a result a whole generation of great games is
going to die out
and younger people who grow up in the future will
not be able to use them. It makes me sad.
<snip>

Oh my, let's get out the crying towel here. I just can't bear to think
of all those poor disenfranchised youngsters ....sniffle ... sob....

How about dual boot or using virtual PC, and all the new great games
that can't run on 98?
 
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Richard Urban

A lot of older programs DO NOT meet today's security standards, and the
companies that put out these programs are not about to update them to be
compliant with said, new standards!

They are fully compatible with Windows 98, which ALSO does not meet today's
security standards.

--

Regards:

Richard Urban

aka Crusty (-: Old [email protected] :)
 
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Alex Nichol

pslarry said:
Can WinXP Professional be adjusted so it can run programs designed for
Windows98? Games(FS2002)? Utilities (eg ClipTrakker, autoeject, ClockTick,
Quicken, QuattroPro, etc.)?
Mostly if they do not just run, you can use the Program Compatibility
wizard to pretend it is Win98. This is not infallible: I had one which
checked on the CPU at boot by looking in the registry for a key that
only exists in 98, did not find it and concluded there was no CPU.
Also, is WinXP Prof as good as the Home edition in playing XP games?
The two are identical aside from additional facilities in Pro aimed at
business environments. See
http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_home_pro.asp
for the list of things that are in Pro only. In addition Pro will
support ten simultaneous connections in a network - Home only five

If you see no need for any of these Pro only matters, save money and get
Home
 
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RobertVA

Microsoft Flight Simulator versions 98 and subsequent work fine on my
Windows XP Home Edition system. I'm not using compatability mode for any
of them. You might need a few manuvuers like "Run as" or temporarily
switching to administrator privilages to get versions prior to 2004 to
work on limited OS login accounts.
 

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