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Old 26 December 2019, 08:56   #101
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I installed win10 from usb on a new build, installation was a breeze and everything working perfectly from the very beginning. I guess it's not for old games but it's just fine for a new build. I keep an old dual core 4gb laptop that will install winxp and linux dual boot for old games.
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i am going to install win 95 on my old thinkpad
i am going to drink coffe like in the old days and watch for a hour when the wonder of win 95 will get on my machine


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Old 01 January 2020, 03:56   #103
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i am going to install win 95 on my old thinkpad
i am going to drink coffe like in the old days and watch for a hour when the wonder of win 95 will get on my machine


Nice, so you never upgraded an old laptop HDD with an SSD model ?

I did this to a couple of old Notebooks, one an IDE and the other a SATA interface model.

Even the IDE SSD boots faster but really it still takes awhile to install Windows
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Old 01 January 2020, 19:10   #104
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I bought a notebook with two hard disks

On 256 GB SSD there's the OS (Windows 10) and on the other 1TB "standard" disk there's ALL the Amiga Stuff i have (546 GB )

Works very well this way
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Old 01 January 2020, 20:39   #105
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On one old laptop with 32GB SSD I installed Batocera Linux.

Every gamer should have one.
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Old 01 January 2020, 22:51   #106
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On one old laptop with 32GB SSD I installed Batocera Linux.

Every gamer should have one.
And is that an ideal distro for using WINE and such ?
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Old 03 January 2020, 11:37   #107
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Tempted to go Manjaro on it and may well do if it gets all too much.
Good luck dealing with craptastic Windows 10. Btw, I've heard good things about Solus as a less bloated alternative to Windows.
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Old 06 January 2020, 04:23   #108
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And is that an ideal distro for using WINE and such ?
No, not at all.

It is linix with built in emualtors, emulation station and everything you need to run lots of games. No OS, just ES once you start computer.
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No, not at all.

It is linix with built in emualtors, emulation station and everything you need to run lots of games. No OS, just ES once you start computer.
That actually sounds good, just wondering then, can it be run under VMware ?
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Old 06 January 2020, 13:31   #110
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I am sure it would might have sluggish performance. I used one of 200 dollar laptops, 5-6 years old, and it works well with up to PS1 games. Nintendo GameCube works quite well, but on my laptop Sega Dreamcast emulation is not the best.

Here is ETA Prime's video regarding Batocera on low cost laptops with some game test.

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@jmmijo I don't see why it wouldn't
@Anubis It's made with nVidia GPU users in mind apparently, so it the low specs of your laptops slow it down, there's a chance the lack of nVidia GPU makes it even worse 3D-wise.
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Good luck dealing with craptastic Windows 10. Btw, I've heard good things about Solus as a less bloated alternative to Windows.
Did you gave a try to ReactOS ?
If yes, what is your opinion ?
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Well the only thing I would want to try out would be some older PC games that give me some problems under Windows 10.

I've been messing around with a 32-bit XP Pro VM that I gave 2 cores and 3GB of RAM to for testing.

Going to see how that goes and then post back.

I may want to try out this on one of my old notebooks, just an old P4 machine from back in the day.
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some older PC games that give me some problems under Windows 10.
Care to name a few ? Recently, I've managed to run DethKarz (a competent wipeout clone) and Delphine Software's Fade To Black in 64-bit Windows 10, also Balls Of Steel (Duke Nukem table for the win !) in glorious full screen, no timing issue whatsoever. Old French point & click Egypte (the first one) failed to load properly though. Thing is, it's now possible to inject 16-bit drivers / libraries in modern Windows OS through Chocolatey, a Powershell powered package installer of sorts, not unlike linux ones (yast...). It's a modified version of winevdm specially made for 64-bit Windows. The package is offered here, but it won't install using right click + install on the .inf file as they said it would, that's why I had to go through using Chocolatey.


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Winevdm looks like pretty cool stuff. It never ceases to amaze me how people break through technical limitations.

Chocolatey is also really nice. I was used to Homebrew on Mac and really wondered if there was not something similar on Windows. Turns out there actually was.
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Erm, what you do with 'Chocolatey'??

Wine for windows is kind of ironic, but with latest systems it does make sense... wonder if some old games might work with it.
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I have Dell XPS M1730 Laptop with Windows Vista. I need to reinstall the OS. I still want to keep the classic Windows Vista to run old software. The second drive I plan to install Windows 10. I like to give Windows 10 at least a try. Otherwise, I have been looking into Linux.

The same that goes for my Dell XPS 410 computer. I still have Windows XP on the drive. I haven't reinstalled any new OS on that computer since 2013. Plus I dual boot and I have Windows 7 on the second drive.

My Asus computer I'm using Windows 7 and dual booting windows 8.1. Just got a brand new monitor for my Dell XPS 410 it's the Dell P2719H monitor. I really like it alot.

Also, in the process of making more new upgrades to my Amiga 1200. I have two of them.
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Care to name a few ? Recently, I've managed to run DethKarz (a competent wipeout clone) and Delphine Software's Fade To Black in 64-bit Windows 10, also Balls Of Steel (Duke Nukem table for the win !) in glorious full screen, no timing issue whatsoever. Old French point & click Egypte (the first one) failed to load properly though. Thing is, it's now possible to inject 16-bit drivers / libraries in modern Windows OS through Chocolatey, a Powershell powered package installer of sorts, not unlike linux ones (yast...). It's a modified version of winevdm specially made for 64-bit Windows. The package is offered here, but it won't install using right click + install on the .inf file as they said it would, that's why I had to go through using Chocolatey.


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Gothic 1 even with the community patches.

It crashes when you ALT + TAB out of the game.

Probably a known issue but also happened when playing in a window.,

Also the Quick/Fast Save option didn't work properly under Gothic 3 but worked fine under Gothic 3 Forsaken Gods.

It's not really a horrible thing, just an annoyance that I didn't feel like troubleshooting further on.
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Erm, what you do with 'Chocolatey'?
Consider Chocolatey a modern version of Add / Remove programs. First, I suggest installing it (it's easy enough, just pay attention to the autocompletion bit in case you get the error message
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Not setting tab completion
, workaround is here). You would use it to install any "package" as if they were open source applications maintained by the community e.q. Notepad++, PuTTY very simple command line in powershell prompt will either install, update, or uninstall said package. As with linux typical package manager, it will offer you to install dependencies, just answer yes to everything. To run 16-bit driver / libraries reliant games (but, before that, to run their respective HDD installers, should that apply). Once Choco is up and running, proceed to install winevdm for 64-bit Windows. Start powershell and follow the procedure, basically :
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choco install winevdm
Using that method, I was able to run Windows 3.1 Tetris (stripped down version from wayyyback ), Balls Of Steel and Rogue Squadron. DethKarz on the other hand, got it running via DxWnd.






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Old 08 January 2020, 20:02   #120
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the autocompletion bit
or create a text file, name it Microsoft.PowerShell_profile.ps1, copy it to
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C:\Users\Anubis\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\
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# Chocolatey profile
$ChocolateyProfile = "$env:ChocolateyInstall\helpers\chocolateyProfile.psm1"
if (Test-Path($ChocolateyProfile)) {
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}
Back in powershell, type
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. $profile
restart the shell, then try autocompletion e.q. cho in... (should autocomplete with install)
just these additional few steps, and you will have tasty choco up and running! WEP Tetris can be downloaded from here (I think it's best to try first with very simple "16-bit" game).

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