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Will XP games work in Win 7??

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by FERRANTE, Jan 25, 2010.

  1. FERRANTE

    FERRANTE Flightless Bird

    I currently have Xp and I am thinking of upgrading to Win7. However,
    will games I installed in XP work with Win 7? I hate to lost all of my
    games.

    Also, I am not experiencing any problems with XP. Is Win 7 worth
    getting or does it not offer enough extra to warrant the purchase and
    installation?

    Thanks,
    Mark
     
  2. HiThere

    HiThere Flightless Bird

    FERRANTE <manthonyferrante@yahoo.com> wrote in
    news:7u3sl5923rvrmlo117elk3gotc4llb9btp@4ax.com:

    > I currently have Xp and I am thinking of upgrading to Win7. However,
    > will games I installed in XP work with Win 7? I hate to lost all of my
    > games.
    >
    > Also, I am not experiencing any problems with XP. Is Win 7 worth
    > getting or does it not offer enough extra to warrant the purchase and
    > installation?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Mark
    >


    My XP games work just fine, and only one had to be installed with the XP
    compatability feature. Even though I like Win7, I only ended up with it
    because I bought a new computer. If you're fine with XP, stay with it until
    you need a new computer. I can't see any benefit to switching. (I felt
    I'd never owned a computer for the first couple of days until I got used to
    it.)
    H
     
  3. KCB

    KCB Flightless Bird

    "FERRANTE" <manthonyferrante@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:7u3sl5923rvrmlo117elk3gotc4llb9btp@4ax.com...
    > I currently have Xp and I am thinking of upgrading to Win7. However,
    > will games I installed in XP work with Win 7? I hate to lost all of my
    > games.
    >
    > Also, I am not experiencing any problems with XP. Is Win 7 worth
    > getting or does it not offer enough extra to warrant the purchase and
    > installation?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Mark


    I wouldn't switch to Win7 just to switch. Wait 'til you need a new
    computer.
     
  4. Grenou

    Grenou Flightless Bird

    "FERRANTE" <manthonyferrante@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:7u3sl5923rvrmlo117elk3gotc4llb9btp@4ax.com...
    > I currently have Xp and I am thinking of upgrading to Win7. However,
    > will games I installed in XP work with Win 7? I hate to lost all of my
    > games.
    >
    > Also, I am not experiencing any problems with XP. Is Win 7 worth
    > getting or does it not offer enough extra to warrant the purchase and
    > installation?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Mark



    Don't switch just for the sake of it.
    I only had card games installed in XP, some (fairly ancient) of those no
    longer work in Windows 7, which is a shame, but there are worse things in
    life :)

    Grenou
     
  5. Ken Blake, MVP

    Ken Blake, MVP Flightless Bird

    On Mon, 25 Jan 2010 15:42:47 -0600, FERRANTE
    <manthonyferrante@yahoo.com> wrote:

    > I currently have Xp and I am thinking of upgrading to Win7. However,
    > will games I installed in XP work with Win 7? I hate to lost all of my
    > games.



    Nobody can answer such a question accurately. Just as with other types
    of programs, some might run, and others might not.

    However, bear in mind that the great majority of programs that work
    under Windows XP will also work under Windows 7.



    > Also, I am not experiencing any problems with XP. Is Win 7 worth
    > getting or does it not offer enough extra to warrant the purchase and
    > installation?




    Here's my standard answer to questions like this:

    My view is that you're going about this backward. A change of
    operating system should be driven by need, not just because there is a
    new version available. Are you having a problem with Windows XP that
    you expect Windows 7 to solve? Do you have or expect to get new
    hardware or software that is supported in Windows 7, but not in XP? Is
    there some new feature in Windows 7 that you need or yearn for? Does
    your job require you have skills in Windows 7? Are you a computer
    hobbyist who enjoys playing with whatever is newest?

    If the answer to one or more of those questions is yes (and your
    hardware is adequate for Windows 7), then you should get Windows 7.
    Otherwise most people should stick with what they have. There is
    *always* a learning curve and a potential for problems when you take a
    step as big as this one, regardless of how wonderful whatever you're
    contemplating moving to is. Sooner or later you'll have to upgrade (to
    Windows 7 or its successor) because you'll want support for hardware
    or software that you can't get in XP, but don't rush it.

    I say all the above despite the fact that I'm a big Windows 7 fan. I
    think it's the best and most stable of all versions of Windows.

    --
    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003
    Please Reply to the Newsgroup
     
  6. Bill Yanaire, ESQ

    Bill Yanaire, ESQ Flightless Bird

    "Grenou" <Iamhere@someofthetime.com> wrote in message
    news:RbSdnT62Gs4DjsPWnZ2dnUVZ8rudnZ2d@bt.com...
    >
    >
    > "FERRANTE" <manthonyferrante@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    > news:7u3sl5923rvrmlo117elk3gotc4llb9btp@4ax.com...
    >> I currently have Xp and I am thinking of upgrading to Win7. However,
    >> will games I installed in XP work with Win 7? I hate to lost all of my
    >> games.
    >>
    >> Also, I am not experiencing any problems with XP. Is Win 7 worth
    >> getting or does it not offer enough extra to warrant the purchase and
    >> installation?
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >> Mark

    >
    >
    > Don't switch just for the sake of it.
    > I only had card games installed in XP, some (fairly ancient) of those no
    > longer work in Windows 7, which is a shame, but there are worse things in
    > life :)
    >
    > Grenou


    Like my ex-wife !
     
  7. Grenou

    Grenou Flightless Bird

    "Bill Yanaire, ESQ" <billy@yanaire.org> wrote in message
    news:4b5e1934$1@news.x-privat.org...
    >
    >
    > "Grenou" <Iamhere@someofthetime.com> wrote in message
    > news:RbSdnT62Gs4DjsPWnZ2dnUVZ8rudnZ2d@bt.com...
    >>
    >>
    >> "FERRANTE" <manthonyferrante@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    >> news:7u3sl5923rvrmlo117elk3gotc4llb9btp@4ax.com...
    >>> I currently have Xp and I am thinking of upgrading to Win7. However,
    >>> will games I installed in XP work with Win 7? I hate to lost all of my
    >>> games.
    >>>
    >>> Also, I am not experiencing any problems with XP. Is Win 7 worth
    >>> getting or does it not offer enough extra to warrant the purchase and
    >>> installation?
    >>>
    >>> Thanks,
    >>> Mark

    >>
    >>
    >> Don't switch just for the sake of it.
    >> I only had card games installed in XP, some (fairly ancient) of those no
    >> longer work in Windows 7, which is a shame, but there are worse things in
    >> life :)
    >>
    >> Grenou

    >
    > Like my ex-wife !
    >
    >


    Tsk tsk ;-)
     
  8. Thip

    Thip Flightless Bird

    "FERRANTE" <manthonyferrante@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:7u3sl5923rvrmlo117elk3gotc4llb9btp@4ax.com...
    > I currently have Xp and I am thinking of upgrading to Win7. However,
    > will games I installed in XP work with Win 7? I hate to lost all of my
    > games.
    >
    > Also, I am not experiencing any problems with XP. Is Win 7 worth
    > getting or does it not offer enough extra to warrant the purchase and
    > installation?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Mark


    Like others said, don't switch just for the sake of switching. The only
    games I can't get to run are the really old ones (like the original Tetris)
    but I'm also running the x64 version of W7. Everything else is just fine,
    and IMO W7's Compatibility Mode is far superior to XP's.
     
  9. Dick Mahar

    Dick Mahar Flightless Bird

    "HiThere" <none@none.com> wrote in message
    news:Xns9D0BA8468F67Enoemail@85.214.113.135...
    > FERRANTE <manthonyferrante@yahoo.com> wrote in
    > news:7u3sl5923rvrmlo117elk3gotc4llb9btp@4ax.com:
    >
    >> I currently have Xp and I am thinking of upgrading to Win7. However,
    >> will games I installed in XP work with Win 7? I hate to lost all of my
    >> games.
    >>
    >> Also, I am not experiencing any problems with XP. Is Win 7 worth
    >> getting or does it not offer enough extra to warrant the purchase and
    >> installation?
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >> Mark
    >>

    >
    > My XP games work just fine, and only one had to be installed with the XP
    > compatability feature. Even though I like Win7, I only ended up with it
    > because I bought a new computer. If you're fine with XP, stay with it
    > until
    > you need a new computer. I can't see any benefit to switching. (I felt
    > I'd never owned a computer for the first couple of days until I got used
    > to
    > it.)
    > Ditto............Dick M. It takes a while to get accustomed to,
    > like new women and new OS's, but I am getting comfortable with it after 2
    > months.
     
  10. FERRANTE

    FERRANTE Flightless Bird

    Thanks, everyone for your comments. I have no real need for W7 except
    that I just wanted the latest OS. XP really works fine with me and I
    will probably just keep things as is until I get a new computer a few
    years down the road. Who knows what the OS will be by then?

    Again, thanks!
    Mark
     
  11. Bert Coules

    Bert Coules Flightless Bird

    Thip wrote:

    > Like others said, don't switch just for the sake of switching. The only
    > games I can't get to run are the really old ones (like the original
    > Tetris) but I'm also running the x64 version of W7. Everything else is
    > just fine, and IMO W7's Compatibility Mode is far superior to XP's.


    Is it possible then to import the XP built-in games such as Solitaire,
    Freecell and Hearts into Windows 7? There are versions of them in the new
    OS but I much prefer the clean and classical look of the XP ones.

    Bert
     
  12. Dave-UK

    Dave-UK Flightless Bird

    "Bert Coules" <mal@bertcoules.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:hLmdnZvRdekFKcPWnZ2dnUVZ8iednZ2d@brightview.co.uk...
    > Thip wrote:
    >
    >> Like others said, don't switch just for the sake of switching. The only games I can't get to run
    >> are the really old ones (like the original Tetris) but I'm also running the x64 version of W7.
    >> Everything else is just fine, and IMO W7's Compatibility Mode is far superior to XP's.

    >
    > Is it possible then to import the XP built-in games such as Solitaire, Freecell and Hearts into
    > Windows 7? There are versions of them in the new OS but I much prefer the clean and classical
    > look of the XP ones.
    >
    > Bert
    >
    >
    >


    I too prefer the Xp-style of graphics on the playing cards.
    You can copy your XP versions of Sol.exe, Freecell.exe etc. to your Win7 machine
    and you will also need 'cards.dll' from your XP Windows folder.
    The cards.dll needs to be in the same folder as the games exe files.
     
  13. Bert Coules

    Bert Coules Flightless Bird

    Dave-UK wrote:

    > I too prefer the Xp-style of graphics on the playing cards.
    > You can copy your XP versions...


    Excellent, thanks very much for that. Another Win7 annoyance eradicated!

    Bert
     
  14. Grenou

    Grenou Flightless Bird

    "Bert Coules" <mal@bertcoules.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:hLmdnZvRdekFKcPWnZ2dnUVZ8iednZ2d@brightview.co.uk...
    > Thip wrote:
    >
    >> Like others said, don't switch just for the sake of switching. The only
    >> games I can't get to run are the really old ones (like the original
    >> Tetris) but I'm also running the x64 version of W7. Everything else is
    >> just fine, and IMO W7's Compatibility Mode is far superior to XP's.

    >
    > Is it possible then to import the XP built-in games such as Solitaire,
    > Freecell and Hearts into Windows 7? There are versions of them in the new
    > OS but I much prefer the clean and classical look of the XP ones.
    >
    > Bert
    >
    >
    >



    Haven't tried that, but I don't think the 'new and improved (?)' W7 versions
    are as nice as they are in XP.
    They're slower too.

    Grenou
     
  15. Tecknomage

    Tecknomage Flightless Bird

    On Mon, 25 Jan 2010 15:42:47 -0600, FERRANTE
    <manthonyferrante@yahoo.com> wrote:

    > I currently have Xp and I am thinking of upgrading to Win7. However,
    > will games I installed in XP work with Win 7? I hate to lost all of my
    > games.
    >
    > Also, I am not experiencing any problems with XP. Is Win 7 worth
    > getting or does it not offer enough extra to warrant the purchase and
    > installation?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Mark



    WARNING - From you phrasing you may think a WinXP-to-Win7 upgrade is
    easy.

    Please see...
    http://magepages.blogspot.com/2009/10/winxp-winxp-to-win7-migration.html

    Especially note link #1 which is to a Microsoft page, suggest you
    watch the video.


    The upshot is you'll have to reinstall ALL apps, including games,
    anyway.

    But I've been told that Win7 has WinXP Compatibility setting for
    running problematic WinXP software.



    --
    ======= Tecknomage =======
    San Diego, CA
    "The Mage Soapbox" blog at
    magesoapbox.blogspot.com
     
  16. Bert Coules

    Bert Coules Flightless Bird

    Grenou wrote:

    > Haven't tried that, but I don't think the 'new and improved (?)' W7
    > versions are as nice as they are in XP. They're slower too.


    I'm happy to report that Hearts, Freecell, Solitaire and Spider are now all
    runing perfectly on my Windows 7 machine. Many thanks to Dave-UK for the
    advice.

    Now if only Outlook Express would import with the same success...

    Bert
     
  17. SC Tom

    SC Tom Flightless Bird

    "Bert Coules" <mal@bertcoules.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:3KKdndfD4rA8IsPWnZ2dnUVZ8nednZ2d@brightview.co.uk...
    > Dave-UK wrote:
    >
    >> I too prefer the Xp-style of graphics on the playing cards.
    >> You can copy your XP versions...

    >
    > Excellent, thanks very much for that. Another Win7 annoyance eradicated!
    >
    > Bert
    >


    I was hoping for a way to copy my Win7 games to my XP box. I like the fact
    that in Solitaire, the amounts you win/lose are saved for the next time you
    play. I like that in full screen mode, the cards are larger instead of just
    the same tiny cards spread wider apart like in XP. I think the Mahjong game
    is way better than any I had in XP. All in all, I much prefer the Win7 games
    over the XP versions. Another XP annoyance eradicated ;-)
    --
    SC Tom
     
  18. Grenou

    Grenou Flightless Bird

    "Bert Coules" <mal@bertcoules.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:TeudnfU4f4fRa8PWnZ2dnUVZ7qidnZ2d@brightview.co.uk...
    > Grenou wrote:
    >
    >> Haven't tried that, but I don't think the 'new and improved (?)' W7
    >> versions are as nice as they are in XP. They're slower too.

    >
    > I'm happy to report that Hearts, Freecell, Solitaire and Spider are now
    > all runing perfectly on my Windows 7 machine. Many thanks to Dave-UK for
    > the advice.
    >
    > Now if only Outlook Express would import with the same success...
    >
    > Bert
    >
    >



    Oooh, how encouraging, thanks for reporting back :)

    Grenou
     
  19. SC Tom

    SC Tom Flightless Bird

    "Grenou" <Iamhere@someofthetime.com> wrote in message
    news:dKadnXOJZdIiXsPWnZ2dnUVZ8kednZ2d@bt.com...
    >
    >
    > "Bert Coules" <mal@bertcoules.co.uk> wrote in message
    > news:hLmdnZvRdekFKcPWnZ2dnUVZ8iednZ2d@brightview.co.uk...
    >> Thip wrote:
    >>
    >>> Like others said, don't switch just for the sake of switching. The only
    >>> games I can't get to run are the really old ones (like the original
    >>> Tetris) but I'm also running the x64 version of W7. Everything else is
    >>> just fine, and IMO W7's Compatibility Mode is far superior to XP's.

    >>
    >> Is it possible then to import the XP built-in games such as Solitaire,
    >> Freecell and Hearts into Windows 7? There are versions of them in the
    >> new OS but I much prefer the clean and classical look of the XP ones.
    >>
    >> Bert
    >>
    >>
    >>

    >
    >
    > Haven't tried that, but I don't think the 'new and improved (?)' W7
    > versions are as nice as they are in XP.
    > They're slower too.
    >
    > Grenou


    I'm curious, what do you mean "They're slower too"? Solitaire, Spider
    Solitaire, and FreeCell are only as fast as you moving the cards from what I
    can see. Or do you mean dealing them? If that's the case, once the new game
    starts, click in the game somewhere and the cards are dealt without waiting
    for them to deal out.
    --
    SC Tom
     
  20. Lord Vetinari

    Lord Vetinari Flightless Bird

    "SC Tom" <sc@tom.net> wrote in message
    news:hk1bqp$4js$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    > "Grenou" <Iamhere@someofthetime.com> wrote in message
    > news:dKadnXOJZdIiXsPWnZ2dnUVZ8kednZ2d@bt.com...
    >> "Bert Coules" <mal@bertcoules.co.uk> wrote in message
    >> news:hLmdnZvRdekFKcPWnZ2dnUVZ8iednZ2d@brightview.co.uk...
    >>> Thip wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> Like others said, don't switch just for the sake of switching. The
    >>>> only games I can't get to run are the really old ones (like the
    >>>> original Tetris) but I'm also running the x64 version of W7.
    >>>> Everything else is just fine, and IMO W7's Compatibility Mode is far
    >>>> superior to XP's.
    >>>
    >>> Is it possible then to import the XP built-in games such as Solitaire,
    >>> Freecell and Hearts into Windows 7? There are versions of them in the
    >>> new OS but I much prefer the clean and classical look of the XP ones.
    >>>

    >> Haven't tried that, but I don't think the 'new and improved (?)' W7
    >> versions are as nice as they are in XP.
    >> They're slower too.

    >
    > I'm curious, what do you mean "They're slower too"? Solitaire, Spider
    > Solitaire, and FreeCell are only as fast as you moving the cards from what
    > I can see. Or do you mean dealing them? If that's the case, once the new
    > game starts, click in the game somewhere and the cards are dealt without
    > waiting for them to deal out.


    Heh...I suspect they aren't at all slower. Prolly just looking for
    something to complain about, eh?

    I can't claim to know either way....about the only game I've been playing
    for a while now, is WoW. Got a gnome mage going, and I'm really loving
    playing him. He's only level 8, so far, but I play for fun, not to see how
    fast I can level up.
     

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