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Well, I have been trying to get an older Microsoft game to

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Well, I have been trying to get an older Microsoft game to run on Win 8.1 I have ran through the tutorials on compatibility, tried to turn ALL the graphics down etc. no luck. I am trying to run MechWarrior Vengeance 4.
JA: Just to clarify, what's the exact model of your computer? And what operating system are you running?
Customer: Toshiba Satellite laptop Win 8
JA: Have you installed any updates recently?
Customer: No
JA: Anything else you want the computer expert to know before I connect you?
Customer: I guess not.
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Computer
Expert:  Bruce Wilner replied 8 months ago.

In general, applications developed for 32-bit Windows WILL NOT RUN on 64-bit Windows, period.

That's unfortunate. It's also beyond primitive: when I was in school, it was just a senior project to make N-bit-word code run on an M-bit-word machine, and to use "bit slice" techniques to make memory and CPU compatible with the alternative bus structure. Microsoft turns this into an insurmountable problem in an effort to make M$O$N$E$Y.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
my "old" but not "as old" games like Medal of Honor works because it is 64 bit?
Expert:  Bruce Wilner replied 8 months ago.

I believe I said "in general."

I won't go into a detailed explanation of why some will run and others won't, and executable file structures, etc. IN GENERAL, assume incompatibility between 32 and 64.