Why Won't Windows 7 Games Operate on Windows 10?

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I'm trying to install a couple of games that, before my receiving them, had not previously been opened. Two are for the Windows 7, one is for Windows XP at the latest. In the past, when I had Windows 7 and even Windows 8, any and all games I had, including a 2002 CD, functioned perfectly. Since I've

I'm trying to install a couple of games that, before my receiving them, had not previously been opened. Two are for the Windows 7, one is for Windows XP at the latest. In the past, when I had Windows 7 and even Windows 8, any and all games I had, including a 2002 CD, functioned perfectly. Since I've upgraded to Windows 10, however, it seems that backwards compatibility has been lost. Is there a way for me to get them on my computer? Is backwards compatibility actually a thing on the Windows 10 OS?

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Zac: I have a similar problem, Windows 10 tries to ensure as much compatibility as possible but nothing is ever 100%. If you have tried compatibility mode,( rt. click on the icon, properties, compatibility.) look on the developers game site and see if there is a patch available especially the games said to run under Windows 7. Your other option would be to run under windows XP under a virtual OS Using VMware

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Zac:
Backwards compatibility means that any old viruses and insecure software can run on your device. Windows 10 has said "That is a bad thing".
You can probably find a compatibility mode.
You might need to install the old run time libraries that the games needed. But they would add security holes to your much more secure Windows 10 system.
brayden:
Some of the older games require a software patch installed so that it will run on Win 10….some manufacturers released one, some didn't. Win 10 runs DirectX v12 and a huge number of old games won't run on it which is one of the key issues. For those you are referring to, in order to find out if it will run in any capacity on Win 10, you need to check the game manufacturer website to see if there is a patch you need to install.

And yes you can install a game in compatibility mode. Type "run programs" in the Cortana search and then click the "run programs made for previous versions of windows" link to install it.

cdjp84:
some games require components to run that are no longer present in windows 10, usually having to do with licencing. there are ways around them but you need to google each game for a more detailed answer to the issue
Clash:
Right click on the icon, Select properties, select compatibility, Try to mess with those settings.

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