Windows 10: Anniversary Update will not run original W7/Vista games. Solved

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  1. Posts : 875
    W10 pro x86 and Vista x86
       03 Aug 2016 #1

    Anniversary Update will not run original W7/Vista games.


    I have clean installed the Anniversary Edition of W10 (x64 pro) and can not get the old W7/Vista games to launch and run. These were the original Chess Titans, Mahjong etc.

    The files install as normal but the actual games will not launch from the main screen. Nothing happens. I've even tried running from the executable file in the relevant games folder and that doesn't work either.

    Can anyone confirm this issue ?
    Also, if you have upgraded (rather than clean installed), can you confirm or otherwise that the games do/do not work.

    This is a big disappointment as the Chess Titans was great.
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  2.    03 Aug 2016 #2

    Hello Mooly,

    I just finished an upgrade to Build 14393.10. Then ran Windows Update, again.

    Only an update for Windows Defender was added. Then, no new updates available.

    My Windows 7 games are gone.

    Instead, I download games from the "Store" many are free.

    I did not see Chess Titans there.

    Hope this help'
    John
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  3. Posts : 875
    W10 pro x86 and Vista x86
    Thread Starter
       03 Aug 2016 #3

    Thanks John.

    I suspect (or at least its beginning to look like) MS have done some work to stop these games running in the latest version of 10. I did try the 32bit version in the last fast ring build and they ran OK.

    So yours did not carry over
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  4. Posts : 3
    Windows 7 Pro and Windows 10 Pro
       03 Aug 2016 #4

    I lost my Games today also. Same deal, I liked the "older games installed on ten" and after todays update they wont load.
    What a rip off. I do have the option of going back to windows 7 I guess.

    I like the "look" of the older card games. Not liking the newer "apps"
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  5. Posts : 3,507
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       03 Aug 2016 #5

    AmericanPharaoh said: View Post
    Hello Mooly,

    I just finished an upgrade to Build 14393.10. Then ran Windows Update, again.

    Only an update for Windows Defender was added. Then, no new updates available.

    My Windows 7 games are gone.

    Instead, I download games from the "Store" many are free.

    I did not see Chess Titans there.

    Hope this help'
    John

    Chess Titans is listed in the Games/Games Explorer when installing the Win8 version but nothing runs.
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  6.    03 Aug 2016 #6

    Do know if this will works, but here's the download.
    http://www.updatestar.com/en/topic/c...20windows%2010

    Appears others are having the same problem with the game.
    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/i...141d0c3?auth=1

    Great, now I'm getting a drop down box indicating, Alert, the community is undergoing scheduled maintenance.
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  7.    03 Aug 2016 #7

    After I download the game, this is the game I got, look familiar?

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    Looks like they want money.
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  8. Posts : 875
    W10 pro x86 and Vista x86
    Thread Starter
       03 Aug 2016 #8

    That's not how the MS games look Similar...ish but no, not the same.

    Thanks for the link to the MS forums. Looks like they are getting some serious stick over this.
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  9. Posts : 875
    W10 pro x86 and Vista x86
    Thread Starter
       03 Aug 2016 #9

    Maybe... just maybe

    I need to experiment a lot more with this. I created a 'Games' folder in the X86 program files and copied over the contents of the game from a working 32 bit install. You can then run or create a shortcut from the relevant .exe file in each folder.

    I'll try more on this tomorrow. Maybe the 32 bit version would install straight off... to late to try today.

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  10.    03 Aug 2016 #10

    We have the same problem here! I have been running the file (msgames_win8_x64.msi) that Jimbo45 made available when Windows8 came out.

    About 6 months ago using the Windows 10 Insider Preview, all the games that were based on W7 stopped working. I hoped it was something that would be fixed before this last update. The "troubleshoot compatibility"feature doesn't help at all.

    You have to believe MS has disabled the old games just to make you try using the crappy game apps in the store.
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