Playing the DOS version in DOSBox is probably the easiest and most straightforward way to experience the game.
The original release came on five floppies and ran at 320x200 resolution while the collectors CD-ROM came on a single CD and featured an upgraded game engine based on TIE Fighter with support for gouraud-shading. This version also includes voice-overs for several characters in the game. Both versions run great in DOSBox without major issues and don't require a joystick to play.
In 1998 a bundle of X-Wing and TIE Fighter ported to Windows 95/98 was released. This version features further enhanced graphics due to an upgrade to the X-Wing vs TIE Fighter engine. The game now included 3D-acceleration support (Direct3D), the use of proper textures instead of primitive gouraud-shading and completely redone concourse graphics. The iMUSE dynamic music system, however, was removed in favor of conventional CD-audio tracks. Furthermore, this version requires a joystick/gamepad and cannot be played with the mouse unless a joystick-emulation program such as PPJoy is used.
The problems and fixes in this article mostly relate to this version of the game.
The GOG.com release of the game, it includes the DOS and the Collector's CD-ROM Edition (Windows) releases of the game along with all expansions. It also has compatibility for modern systems.
Windows XP compatibility-fix
Since the X-wing and Tie-Fighter installers are 16-bit programs they won't work in 64-bit operating systems. To remedy this use the appropriate fixed installer found here:  to create an updated install disk with which you can install and run the game. Detailed instructions are found here: . The autostart menu seems to be bugged so you might need to run the setup.exe file directly from the disk you created.
Apply the Windows XP compatibility fix above.
Run the game directly from XWING95.EXE instead of the menu.
If you're using a Creative sound card and have the Alchemy software installed try adding the following to it:
**RegPath=HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC\TIE95\1.0\Install Path
Download Reimars XWAHacker. Extract it into your X-Wing folder and run xwing95fixedclear.bat. This should fix the graphical corruption.