How to Run Old Windows Games in a Smaller Window


Each version of Windows contains a Program Compatibility Wizard that lets you run programs and applications designed for a previous version of the operating system. The utility also allows you to run and play older games that were originally designed for Windows 95, 98 or ME. You can even play the older Windows games in a smaller window so you can run another application, like your computer's Internet browser, next to the game window.

Using Windows Vista & 7

  • Click "Start," "Control Panel." Click on the "Programs" icon.

  • Select the "Use an older program with this version of Windows" option. The Program Compatibility Wizard will begin.

  • Click "Next" on the "Welcome to the Program Compatibility Wizard" screen. Select the circle under the heading "How do you want to locate the program that you would like to run with compatibility settings?" that matches how you want to load the older Windows game.

  • Point and click on "Next." Choose the game you want to open. Click "Next."
    Select the operating system the game was originally designed for. Click "Next."

  • Click on the circle next to "Run in 640 --- 480 screen resolution" to run the older Windows game in a smaller window. Select "Next."

  • Point and click on "Next" to confirm your selection and run the older Windows game.

Using Windows XP

  • Click "Start," "Help and Support."

  • Point and click on "Fixing a problem." Select "Application and software problems."

  • Select "Getting older programs to run on Windows XP" under the "Fix a problem" heading. Select "Program Compatibility Wizard" under the heading "To run the Program Compatibility Wizard."

  • Complete steps 3 to 6 in the "Using Windows Vista & 7" section of this article.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not use the Program Compatibility Wizard to run an older anti-virus program, disk utility or other system program because it can disable your current anti-virus program and cause data loss.

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