In part 1 of this article , I looked at ways to run older games in Windows 8. But there are some changes you may need to make to play.
In most cases you always want to have the most up-to-date drivers for your hardware possibly available, but that’s not always the best option for older games that aren’t compatible with newer configurations. You may need to actually roll back your graphics drivers in order to run old PC games.
To revert a driver to an old version, open the “Control Panel” window and type “device manager” in the search box at the top-right corner and then click the “Device Manager” link.
Right-click the entry for your graphics card in the list of hardware and select “Properties” and then navigate to the “Driver” tab. Click “Roll Back Driver” to revert to an older version.
Even with older drivers or running compatibility mode, some games from decades past that were meant to be run in DOS – like Doom or Warlords – just simply won’t run in Windows 8 without a DOS emulator such as DOS BOX. Running a game in DOS BOX is a bit complicated and requires a fair amount of computer knowledge. A full tutorial on the program is available at this location.
For those not willing to go through the effort who don’t mind paying for a game a second time, sites like GOG.com already package older games with the appropriate emulation (such as DOS BOX) so that they will work on newer operating system and don’t require any extra steps other than simply running the executable file.
As a final solution that is sure to work, but is quite time consuming and potentially expensive, you can partition your hard drive and install an older operating system for a dual-boot setup alongside Windows 8. Of course, you’ll have to actually get ahold of a Windows XP install disc (or whichever operating system you were previously using), which may mean searching through sites like eBay. For details on partitioning and installing a dual boot setup, be sure to check out the articles here and here.
~ Ty Arthur