This list originally was compiled for Windows 7, however Windows Vista, 7 all are based on the same code base (Longhorn) and the issues presented are consistent for all versions.
We have another list of games with known issues from Windows Vista.
We have many old games. Unfortunately some games are not compatible with Windows 7 SP1 while others of the same period are. The main problem is the use of a 16-bit installer will fail as Windows Vista and higher no longer support them.
If you need backwards compatibility its possible to dual boot. The old MBR allows for 4 primary partitions or the BIOS can be used to select the desired disk to boot. Our Corsair chassis can use 4 hard disks so using multiple drives is another option. The BIOS on modern machines can select the desired hard disk to be the primary.
Securom, Macromedia, Starforce, Tagès and other protection systems are being rejected by W10 for security reasons (KB3086255). This will affect thousands of games. We have successfully moved many games into Steam or Origin. There is no indication that Sony will fix their SECDRV.SYS so that it works within the security model in Windows 7. Its still possible to dual boot
- Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
- Tages DRM is a root kit
- Lost Planet Colonies
THIS LIST ASSUMES NO IT SKILLS SO ANY ERROR ARISES IT IS LISTED
GAMES WITH ISSUES
Quake 2 will fail using the autorun installer. Install from the setup located in the install folder of the CD. Then the game will install fine.
Unreal will run if using the Anthology which has the gold edition. It appears some problems caused the original game to fail to install.
Games protected with StarForce and Tages etc. are also problematic.