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Old games and compatibility

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December 11, 2012 8:23:53 AM

I recently purchased an alienware m14x gaming laptop, it has yet to arrive and since I am a bit of a tech newbie I was hoping someone could help me out on these forums.

When I get my laptop basically I want to buy a whole bunch of old games from steam like Monkey Island, Half Life etc. as well as the latest games.
Due to current tech running on windows 7 and 64-bit, in terms of compatibility how would I get these games to play without causing software errors?
For example, if it was Monkey Island would I just switch the compatibility of the game to say Windows XP and change my current display settings to 32-bit?

I appreciate any answers ppl can give me!

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December 11, 2012 9:48:47 AM

Half life is fine on windows 7 and most games are. Very few issues are had from steam games.
December 11, 2012 9:56:12 AM

Make sure you check the system requirements before buying old games on Steam. If it says Windows 9x/ME then you should further investigate if it's going to work on Windows 7. Everything else that's compatible with XP and above will work on 7.
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December 11, 2012 12:02:28 PM

Oddly enough, just a couple of days ago I got an itch to play Monkey Island and Full Throttle again, and found they both work flawlessly on ScummVM. I tried Scumm a few years ago and it still had a lot of bugs but the latest version is a beauty. It is freeware and easy to find, but if you are lagging in tech knowhow, like me, make sure to follow the readme.
December 11, 2012 1:58:17 PM

Old games can always be runned on newer OS, just some take more work than other.

For example, ONI and Fahrenheit need a spcial EXE and a diffrent form of installation.
Hell, im playing sega mega drive games (from steam) on win 7 latly.
Golden axe, altered beast, streets of rage 2...
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