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So, Vista has problems...
I am trying to get Silent Storm 2 and Silent Storm Sentinels to run on my computer. I can install them, but when I try to patch them I get an error message saying that the game is incompletely installed and that I need to reinstall it. Doing so has no effect on the message.
On putting the CD in the drive, the plug and play menu comes up. When I try to play the game, the CD will spin up and then stop.I can wait for an indefinite amount of time (>15min) and the game will not actually start. The icon indicating that the computer is reading from the CD will appear and will persist. The CD drive will not eject the CD unless I restart.
Backwards compatibility has no effect, and in general does not work on my computer.
32bit Windows Vista Service Pack 2
4 gigs ram
Intel 2-core 9600 @ 2.8gigs
ATI 5700 Mobile @ 256megs
Any thoughts? Thanks in advance for any help.
It's win98 based, so you're probably going to be out of luck. I'd recommend either running a virtual machine (that you can install W98 on), or buying an old cheap laptop to match the specs and running it from there.
A lot of older games when installed create compatability files - these are set as read only or when you try and patch the game it doesn't always have 'permission' to update those files.
Is the patch essential? Some patches tend to be more cosmetic than practical especially if there is a console or similar method of evading bugs and errors more manually.
Try looking up to see if there is a Vista Patch for such games.
Fantasy: Wood Elves, Dark Elves, Beastmen and Tomb Kings.
LotR: Misty Mountains and Rohan
Patches are possible, you also might be able to find some emulators on the net. The games were designed for earlier versions of Windows, and the software is very different now than it was then. Vista has more than enough raw power to handle these games, but the coding of the games themselves aren't going to be compatible.
Already checked the availability of vista patches, nothing. Not even 3rd party stuff.
Iin this case, the patches are essential if I want to be able to beat the game. The problems are not with the patches, but with the games themselves and backwards compatibility. I hate being robbed of my gaming heritage by obsolete technology.
Looks like it's down to emulators or setting up a partition. Harumph. Thanks for the help though.