How to Install Old PC Games on a New Computer

It’s possible that you or your child misses the days of 32-bit graphics or floppy drive-based DOS games, and that you or your child ran into difficulties when attempting to instal these “oldies but goodies” on your new computer. This is due to the fact that your new technology will have to interpret software that will most likely no longer be available. If your computer is unable to read the information, it is possible that it is incapable of doing so; however, there are tools available to help you get those old games up and running again.

Method 1 Installing DOS Games

1. Install a DOS emulator on your computer. The majority of operating systems (OSs) will not be able to run DOS games, but you can get around this limitation by using a DOS emulator (or DOS emulators). Among the most highly recommended emulators by users is DOSBox, which can be found for free on the Internet with a quick search.  Install DOSBox on your computer by downloading and installing it.

2. Locate the DOS game that you wish to instal and download it to your computer. Even though it will take some searching on your part, the DOSBox.com forum may be able to connect you with the game you’re looking for more quickly than a general online search will. Once you’ve located the game, you can download it to your computer.

3. If there are any, follow the manufacturer’s instructions. A lot of the time, the DOS game software you download will come with detailed installation instructions included. For the best results, make sure to follow all of the included instructions.

4. Make a folder specifically for your DOS games. If possible, create a new folder on your hard drive (typically prefixed with “C:” or “D:”) in order to make mounting these files to a virtual hard drive as simple as possible. Create this folder and copy over your downloaded DOS game(s) in order to prepare them for mounting in DOSBox later on. The following are some suggested names for your DOS games folder:

DOSGames

DOS

5. Create a virtual drive and attach it to your computer. Enter the command “mount c C:DOSBox” into DOSBox’s text interface after it has been launched. This will mount the virtual drive associated with DOSBox, which you will use to instal your game.

6. Start the installation programme by selecting the appropriate option. The file path for the appropriate installation programme for your game will differ depending on which game you have downloaded and installed. The general command will be “mount d C:DOSGamesInstallfolder – cdrom,” but you will need to follow the specific instructions for the installation, which will outline the correct file path for you to type in. These should have come bundled with your DOS game when you downloaded it.

Method 2 Installing Games with Wine on Windows

1. Install the most recent version of Wine as well as any additional packages. Wine is a programme that acts as a link between Windows and Linux, and is sometimes referred to as a compatibility layer between the two operating systems. With the help of Wine, you can run an older version of your operating system that is compatible with the game you want to play alongside your current operating system. While you are installing your game using Wine, your regular computer processes will continue to run as usual.

Many users recommend installing the Ubuntu package, which comes pre-installed with a stable version of the Wine software.

Before downloading, double-check that it is appropriate for your needs; other packs may be more appropriate in your situation than this.

2. Download the application of your choice (s). It is possible to find many outdated applications from your childhood online by performing a broad online search, or you can visit the Wine application database at appdb.winehq.org to look for older applications.

When downloading third-party software from the internet, always proceed with caution. Some of these files may be harmful to your computer, and in some cases, these files may be different from what was advertised.

3. If Wine is required, compile it. Based on your objectives and your operating system of choice, you will need to identify the appropriate packages for running a 32-bit or 64-bit computer system. On the FAQ page of the wiki.winehq.org website, you can find a list of recommended packs. Each package is unique, and you will need to follow the instructions that come with it in order to put together your chosen package.

If you have selected Ubuntu as your package, you will not be required to compile Wine in order to run older Windows applications on your computer.

4. Wine can be used as a source. This procedure will differ depending on the package. Follow the instructions that came with your download, or if you have downloaded the Ubuntu pack, access the applications menu and navigate through the following sections: Other Software Software & Updates Other Software Add. This should bring up a dialogue box, into which you should type: “ppa:ubuntu-wine/pp” (the path to the Ubuntu Wine package). Now you can click “Add Source,” enter a fictitious password (anything will do), click “Authenticate,” and then click “Close.”

5. Complete the Wine installation. Following your authentication and addition of your source, you should receive a dialogue box informing you that you need to reload the page. Click “Reload,” then open the Software Center, search for Wine, select the entry labelled “Wine,” and then click “Install” to begin the installation process. Once the installer has completed its work, Wine will be ready for you to use in order to instal and run applications.

6. Make a folder specifically for Wine. It is recommended that you nest a new folder under your hard drive (which is usually prefixed by “C:” or “D:”) and give it a name that is easily recognisable, such as “Drive C,” in order to facilitate access.

7. Configure the Wine environment. As soon as you’ve created your wine folder, you can configure it by launching your terminal (also known as your command prompt, which can be found by searching your computer for “Command Prompt”) and typing “winecfg” followed by the Enter key. You should now be able to see the Wine configuration window, which includes the “Drives” tab, which you can click on. Select “C:” from the drop-down menu. You will be able to locate your “Drive C” folder by using the browse feature, and you will be able to accept it by pressing “OK” twice: once to accept and a second time to close the dialogue box.

8. Installing your Windows application is simple (s). You will now be able to access and use the installer file for your application from within your terminal window. Go to System Preferences “WineFile” and select it. Select your application’s folder from the drop-down menu that appears when you are prompted. Your installer file will be located in this folder.

9. Start the installation process. Alternatively, you can start the installer by double clicking on it, which should bring up a series of dialogue boxes that will guide you through the installation process. The procedure should be similar to the one you would use to instal a new programme in your current Windows operating system. The executable file (a file with a “.exe” extension) will be located in the application folder once it has completed installation. You will be able to double-click on this executable file in order to begin running the application.

Method 3 Installing from a Disk

1. Allow your computer to complete its initial bootup. In the event that you insert a disc during the startup process, your computer may attempt to boot from the CD. Wait until your computer has completed its initialization to avoid this.

2. You must first insert the disc that contains the application you wish to instal. The CD itself is not the problem; rather, it is the programming language in which the programme on the CD was written that is the problem. You will make use of the compatibility feature of Windows in order to get around this obstacle.

3. Installing your application is simple. To avoid installing anything, ignore the pop-up installer by selecting cancel to close it and instead right-clicking the programme and selecting “Properties” from the drop-down menu.

4. To check if your application is supported, go to the compatibility tab and select it. In the event that you are aware of the version of Windows in which your application runs, you can check the box labelled “Run this programme in compatibility mode for…” and select the version of Windows that is appropriate for your programme. If you are unsure which version of Windows to use, you can click on the top box under the “Compatibility” tab, which should read “Run compatibility troubleshooter,” if you are unsure which version of Windows to use. Follow the troubleshooter’s instructions to see if there is a different solution available.

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