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Old 6th January 2007, 23:21   #1  |  Link
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Vista Games on WindowsXP.......NOT

I'm trying to play Windows Vista games on my machine that has WindowsXP but I keep getting a critical error message that says "Unable to find a DirectX 3D Device to render to". I did some research which brought me to upgrade my DirectX and my monitors drivers. Nothing is helping. Is it not possible to play these games on XP?

DXdiag gives me a message that says this: Hardware accelerated Direct3D 9+ is not available because the display driver does not support it. You may be able to get a newer driver from the hardware manufacturer. Could this be the problem?

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Old 7th January 2007, 00:22   #2  |  Link
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Hi!

Although the lack of an appropriate driver MAY prove to be the problem, I'd speculate that the reason a game is identified specifcally, as a "Windows Vista" game is because it's not downwardly compatible with prior operating systems...
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Old 7th January 2007, 03:34   #3  |  Link
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That could be but the debate is on. A patch is supposedly out there somewere and I've read, from doing online searches, that it is possible to play Vista games on XP.
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Well..........that's nice. Thank you.
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You can hardly moan that VISTA games are not working on XP.

Get the XP versions or get VISTA (or wait for VISTA).
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Old 7th January 2007, 21:06   #7  |  Link
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I am hardly moaning. LOL I'm just trying to find a way to play Vista games on my XP machine. I do have Vista and I have installed it once. Too many incompatibles, i.e., no sound, no printer or scanner. Too many upgrades to worry about but while I had it on there I did enjoy the graphics of Vista games. So.........no moaning. I'll get it when I get it and if anyone could help that will be a plus.
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What Vista games are you refering to?

Strange about the Vista, I never had any probs whatsoever with sound, printer e.t.c.
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Old 8th January 2007, 00:51   #9  |  Link
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I'm talking about the Microsoft games. Solitaire, Spider, Hearts, Shanghai, Minesweeper. Could be your machine is newer than mine........I don't know but I did have those problems.
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Kind of pointless cosidering XP comes with all those games but Shanghai, which can be freeley downloaded almost anywhere.
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I'm thinking you haven't played Vista games Waleska.
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Those you mentioned aren't vista-exclusive and I can tell they're probably just the same thing with shinier graphics by just looking at the screenshots. Am I wrong?.
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No........you are not wrong.........but I like those "shinier graphics" compared to XP's games. That is the main reason for this thread.
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For all of you nay sayers and doubting Thomas', I finally found a way to play Vista Games (Solitaire, Spider, Hearts, Shanghai, Minesweeper) on XP. Found it with this OS.

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Or it could be that all the Vista games are actually DirectX 10.... and DirectX 10 will not run on XP!
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DirectX 10 will not run on XP!
I suspect it wouldn't be a hard task to make it run on XP.
But not letting it run is a surefire way to make XP disappear more quickly ...
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