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I have an old PC game that I've been trying to play. The disc is pretty scratched up but it's not horrible. Anyway, I have windows 7 and this game was made for 95/98. The installer ran fine but the install is freezing at 51% every time. I've also tried it on two other computers, both of which have windows vista. On one of them, the installer wouldn't run at all. On the other one, it ran, but stalled on this one file extraction at 51% again. Do you think this is most likely an OS issue that can be fixed by using an older OS, or is the disc just bad?

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Try to copy the complete CD data onto your hard disk and then install it from there, not from the CD. If the copy operation works, CD should be ok... –  Chris Feb 24 '13 at 11:41
    
Thanks for the advice. I tried what you said and it didn't work. So I guess I've gotta get my skip doctor out. Thanks again. –  Anthony Feb 24 '13 at 13:02
    
As my advice answered your question, I set it as answer instead of comment... ;) –  Chris Feb 24 '13 at 15:09
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Try to copy the complete CD data onto your hard disk and then install it from there, not from the CD. If the copy operation works, CD should be ok...

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I would try the following:

  1. Run the setup executable in Win 98 compatibility mode.
  2. If the setup gives you the option to do so, change the installation directory to "C:/Program Files (x86)/Game-Name".

Let me know if this works.

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I saw Microsoft games for Windows 98, certified for the exact configuration installed, which didn't make it past the splash screen on Windows NT. Games aren't exactly on the list of packages for which Microsoft adds bletcherous kludges "for backwards compatibility"... –  vonbrand Feb 24 '13 at 19:28
    
Yes, but I've seen plenty of circumstances where old 32-bit games give newer x64 processors a hard time (despite the hardware having backwards compatibility), and compatibility mode in Win7 resolved it. –  Moses Feb 24 '13 at 19:33
    
@Anthony I should have mentioned that if this game is a 16 bit game, it will not run if you have a x64 installation of Windows. –  Moses Feb 24 '13 at 19:34
    
In my case it was 32 bits throughout. A pure OS problem, don't remember more details (just that I gave up in the end). –  vonbrand Feb 24 '13 at 19:35
    
@vonbrand Did you try it in a VM? –  Moses Feb 24 '13 at 19:37
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