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Thinking of making a nostalgia purchase (Championship Manager 03/04) but unsure if I have the savvy to make it work on a modern computer.

Any suggestions?
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There should be a comparability mode option when you are running older software. Though, XP isn't so long ago that 7 should have a problem, it might even notify you that it wants to use an older compatibility mode.

So, just try to install it like usual and see if 7 gives you a problem, very likely it won't.
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nycavri wrote:
Thinking of making a nostalgia purchase (Championship Manager 03/04) but unsure if I have the savvy to make it work on a modern computer.

Any suggestions?


It appears to be an issue but there are plenty of suggestions out there for making it work.
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XP could run a lot of old stuff, but Win7 seems to be a harsh cutoff. Virtual PC and XP Mode, along with some extra files, were needed for one of my old favorite software packages to just barely work.
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I had 01/02 working on windows seven.

My suggestion is to find a torrent* of the game labelled updated- there's a large community of people who keep the players, formations etc relevant.

*Obviously just get the update files etc etc not endorsing crime or installation of a game more than 10 years out of date and no longer on sale...
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With some trial and error, I could make a few old games run on Windows 7 using the compatibility toolkit (note that I used version 5.0, whereas now 5.6 is for download, so some things might be different).

Basically, this tool allows you to make Windows behave in a more Win95 / Win98 / WinXP / whatever way, e.g. allowing applications to do operations that they nowadays wouldn't be allowed to do (for security reasons).

It's been a while I used it. As far as I remember, you start up the "Compatibility Administrator" after installing the toolkit, create a new custom database, and create an "Application fix" in there. Then you follow the wizard. My memory gets a little foggy at this point, but basically you first try just to select the newest Windows version that the application ran on, and see if it works with that. If it doesn't, you can play with dozens of single options. You might find more specific instructions when searching for your game and compatibility toolkit together.
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On a side note, for anything before Windows, there are excellent emulators (DosBox, PacifiST, Warajevo,...)
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Windows 7 Pro has Windows Virtual PC built-in, which runs Windows XP (Pro, IIRC).
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