Windows 10 is great and I must admit that I am a big fan of Microsoft’s latest operating system, but just like all things new, it is not very keen on letting us run older software and games, even though we most likely love them. However, there are some things that you can do in order to make sure that you can still run your favorite old games and programs on Windows 10 and I am here to help you achieve just that. And trust me, it’s a lot easier than you might first believe it is.

So let’s not waste any time and let’s find out below how to make older games and programs run on Windows 10!

How to run Windows XP programs and games

Even though it seems that Windows XP was launched yesterday, the truth is that it’s been 15 years since it was launched, so we can indeed consider it old. So if you want to run games or programs that work well with Windows XP but give you headaches in Windows 10, you should try running them as an Administrator. This usually fixes the problem!

In order to do so, just right click the shortcut in the list of applications or right click the executable in its folder and select “Run as administrator”. It’s simple and it usually gets the work done!

If it doesn’t, you can try to run your application with Compatibility settings: right click the shortcut to your application/game and select “Open file location”. In the folder, right click the executable (the file that launches the application) and select “Properties”. Click the Compatibility tab and either run the compatibility wizard or simply select it to run in Windows XP mode.

How to run old games that came of CDs or DVDs

Back in the days, things like SafeDisc and SecuROM DRM were all over the place as an effort from game developers and publishers to stop piracy. Today, these are outdated and no longer used and Windows 10 doesn’t like them at all. Unfortunately, if you have a game that uses SafeDisc or SecuROM DRM, things are a little bit more complicated.

First thing you should try is to visit the website of the game in question and hope that the developers have a patch available, one that removes these annoying DRMs. If not, you should try installing a Virtual Machine (more on this below) or search the internet for “Game’s title no CD” – the latter is not really the best choice because this involves torrent websites and you can get some viruses in the process. If you really like the game and nothing works, you can try buying them again on Steam or GoG – if they’re old, they should be really cheap.

Virtual Machines

Windows 10 decided to completely dump the possibility to easily run a virtual Windows XP copy from the OS itself, but this doesn’t mean that it’s not doable. You can download and install a virtual machine software like Virtual Box (which is free to use) which allows you to install Windows XP, for example (or any other operating system) and run that older operating system within Windows 10, making all programs and games that require the older OS run flawlessly. Of course, you also need a valid Windows XP license in order to install it – so have this in mind as the virtual machine itself doesn’t come with Windows XP or any other operating system pre-installed.

How to run even older games & software

If you would like to play some of the classic games in the golden era of gaming – like the original Wolfenstein, Dune II and so on, then things are somewhat easier. Easier, because most of these games are available for free over the internet and most of them can be played in a browser window. However, if you want the full functionality (like the ability to save games, for example) you will need to download, install and run a free app called DosBox. Just install it, and it will allow you to run any old DOS game or program and relive those great moments from the golden era of gaming – or at least the era that started it all!

There you have it! These are the methods you can use in order to run older games and programs on your brand new Windows 10 install. Start with the easy methods and if somehow they don’t work, move to the more advanced ones. One thing is certain, though: you will still be able to run your favorite programs in the latest OS version from Windows!