Troubleshooting guide/Installation and download problems
- Error messages such as "This app can't run on your PC" or "The version of this file is not compatible with the version of Windows you're running".
- Compatibility error messages can also occur if attempting to run a 64-bit program on a 32-bit version of Windows (see Determine which version of Windows is installed).
16-bit Windows games
32-bit Windows games with 16-bit installers
The solution for 64-bit versions of Windows varies depending on how the installer works. Pre-made solutions are available for many games (see the individual game pages for details).
Copy CD folder
Some games include the complete game folder on the CD rather than having it compressed into an installer archive. Simply copying this folder may be enough to have a working installation of the game for certain titles (mainly games from the late 1990s).
Other single-file installer
Some single-file installers can be extracted using Universal Extractor.
Install through 32-bit Windows
If all else fails the game will need to be installed on a 32-bit version of Windows and then copied to the 64-bit system. Some games need registry keys to work correctly so those may need to be copied over as well.
"This product cannot be installed on Windows NT" (or similar)
- Errors like this are common when installing or playing Windows 95-era games on modern versions of Windows.
|Run in compatibility mode|
Setup hanging / not starting
Specific modern applications can keep old installers from working. Usually the setup can be found running but not progressing in the Task Manager, since it will indefinitely wait for specific tasks to finish. 32-bit setups in particular are prone to suffering from this issue.
Prominent culprits are:
- Logitech Gaming Software (logitechg_discord.exe)
- NVIDIA Experience (nvcontainer.exe)
Terminating the processes that cause the hangup will allow the setup to continue normally.
"Feature transfer error" when installing from physical media
This error may occur if physical media is damaged or cannot be read easily. Try manually copying the installation files from all discs to the hard drive and then running the installer from there.
"You Do Not Have Enough Disk Space" (DOS games)
For some DOS games in DOSBox it is necessary to specify an amount of free space as part of the mount command, e.g.
MOUNT C C:\DOSGAMES -freesize 1024. See the DOSBox MOUNT documentation for further details.
- Verified by User:Nessy on 2021-01-31
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