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Postby Nicht Sehr Gut » 2002-11-24 @ 03:41

I know this is still readily available in Microsoft's article database, but I thought I'd keep a copy here for quick reference.

Note that this refers to DOS games under Win9x.

I did find a few more VCPI games rather quickly though from looking at this list.


Games (A-Z) Requiring or Performing Better in MS-DOS Mode
The information in this article applies to:
Microsoft Windows 95

This article was previously published under Q132994
SUMMARY
This article lists games (A-H) that must be run in MS-DOS mode. Additional information is provided when available.

For information about running games in MS-DOS mode, please see the "Running an Application in MS-DOS Mode" section later in this article.

1942: The Pacific Air War by Microprose
Executables: 1942.BAT, 1942.EXE

1942: The Pacific Air War requires MS-DOS mode.

Aces of the Deep by Dynamix (Sierra Online)
Executables: AOD.BAT, AOD.EXE

If you run Aces of the Deep in Windows 95, it encounters internal assertion failures. Run it in MS-DOS mode to resolve these errors.

Aegis: Guardian of the Fleet
Executables: AEGIS.EXE, AEGISV.EXE

Aegis sets the timer rate to a speed faster than the game can handle. Running it in MS-DOS mode may alleviate some of the problem.

Archon Ultra by Free Fall Associates
Executable: ARCHON.EXE

Archon Ultra sets the timer rate to a speed too fast for Windows 95 to handle comfortably. Running it in MS-DOS mode allows the program to run at full speed.

Arctic Baron by Ready Soft
Executable: START.EXE

Arctic Baron requires MS-DOS mode to run in Windows 95.

Are You Afraid of the Dark? by Viacom
Executable: AFRAID.BAT

Are You Afraid of the Dark? uses virtual memory in a way that causes erratic sound and speech. Depending on your system configuration, it may also fail during sound and video playback. Run it in MS-DOS mode to resolve these problems.

Battle Chess 4000 by Interplay
Battle Chess requires MS-DOS mode.

Battledrome by Dynamix (Sierra Online)
Executable: BD.EXE

Battledrome is not compatible with VSHARE; therefore, it must be run in MS-DOS mode.

Beneath a Steel Sky
Executable: SKY.EXE

Beneath a Steel Sky uses a memory model not compatible with Windows 95. Run it in MS-DOS mode.

Bioforge by Origin
Executable: BIOFORGE.EXE

Bioforge makes incorrect assumptions about the system memory configuration when Windows 95 is running. This causes it to fail to detect most of the memory installed in the computer. It must be run in MS-DOS mode.

Bloodnet by Microprose
Bloodnet works only when the DMA channel is set to 7 if you are using the Pro Audio Spectrum sound card. The game tries to reconfigure the sound device to DMA 7 automatically. This is not tolerated by the virtual device driver (VxD).

To resolve this issue, you can use one of the following methods:
Use Sound Blaster-compatible mode on your PAS.
Reconfigure the PAS device to DMA 7.
Use MS-DOS mode.

Brett Hull Hockey 95 by Accolade
Executable: HOCKEY.EXE

Brett Hull Hockey 95 requires MS-DOS mode and a properly set BLASTER environment variable in order to play sound.

Bridge Olympiad by Quantum Quality Products
Executable: BO.BAT

Bridge Olympiad directly accesses the hard disk ports resulting in a conflict with Windows 95 disk drivers. It must be run in MS-DOS mode.

Chessmaster 3000 by The Software Toolworks
Chessmaster 3000 requires MS-DOS mode. Even in MS-DOS mode, if digital sound is enabled, your computer may (stop responding) hang after sound effects.

Chuck Yeager's Advanced Flight Simulator
Chuck Yeager's Air Combat by Electronic Arts

Executables: AFS.EXE, AFS.BAT

In order to play speech and sound effects through the computer's built-in speaker, these programs set the timer rate to a speed too fast for Windows 95 to handle comfortably. Running the programs in MS-DOS mode allows them to run at full speed.

Chuck Yeager's Advanced Flight Simulator may also encounter copy protection problems if not run in MS-DOS mode.

Club Dead by Viacom
Executable: DEAD.EXE

Club Dead contains timing-related problems that cause the program to fail. It must be run in MS-DOS mode.

Comanche Overkill by Nova Logic
Executables: C.BAT, COMANCHE.EXE

Comanche Overkill requires complete control of the computer and must be run in MS-DOS mode. Windows 95 should automatically run this program in MS-DOS mode. If it does not, remove all .PIF files associated with COMANCHE.EXE or C.BAT and restart the game.

Command Adventures Starship by Future Visionary, Inc. and Merit Software
Executable: STARSHIP.COM

Command Adventures Starship does not check whether memory allocations were successful and corrupts itself if a memory allocation subsequently fails. You may be able to run this game in Windows 95 by adding "/NUMHANDLES=40" (without the quotation marks) to the HIMEM.SYS line in the CONFIG.SYS file. This setting increases the number of XMS handles available. If this does not work, run Command Adventures Starship in MS-DOS mode.

Curse of the Catacombs by FroggMan
Curse of the Catacombs requires MS-DOS mode.

Cyber Race
Executable: CR.BAT

Cyber Race refuses to run in any protected-mode operating system. It must be run in MS-DOS mode.

CyberWar by Sales Curve International
If you use an ESS ES688 and no MIDI, you must use IRQ 5. If you have problems, run CyberWar in MS-DOS mode.

Cyclones by Strategic Simulations (SSI)
Executable: CYCLONES.EXE

Cyclones makes incorrect assumptions about the system memory configuration when Windows 95 is running.

NOTE: Cyclones may fail to run even in MS-DOS mode if the computer has 64 megabytes (MB) of memory or more. Contact the manufacturer if you are encountering this problem.

Dark Forces by Lucas Arts
During the installation of Dark Forces, the sound detection must run twice to detect AWE 32. Furthermore, Dark Forces may fail to run in Windows 95 on some computers. If you encounter problems, run Dark Forces in MS-DOS mode.

Darkseed by Cyberdreams, Inc.
Executable: DS.BAT

Darkseed has a timing-related problem in its sound code that causes it to hang. The problem may be resolved when it is run in MS-DOS mode.

Death Gate by Legend Entertainment Company
Death Gate fails on some sound cards (such as ESS ES688 and Aztech WA cards). Run Death Gate in MS-DOS mode if you encounter problems.

Dino Park Tycoon 1.0 by MECC
Dino Park Tycoon runs in Windows 95 only if sound is disabled. To use sound, you must run this game in MS-DOS mode.

Dognapped by FroggMan
Dognapped sets the timer rate too fast for some computers. If you encounter problems with Dognapped in Windows 95, run it in MS-DOS mode.

Dracula Unleashed by Viacom
Executable: DRACULA.EXE

Dracula manipulates the interrupt flag register in a manner incompatible with Windows 95. It must be run in MS-DOS mode.

Dragon's Lair by Merit Software
Executables: DL.EXE, DRAGON.EXE

Although Dragon's Lair runs in Windows 95, the sound is erratic. It runs better in MS-DOS mode.

DreamForge
DreamForge requires MS-DOS mode.

Dungeon Master by Software Heaven
Dungeon Master requires MS-DOS mode.

Eight Ball Deluxe by Amtex
Eight Ball Deluxe requires MS-DOS mode.

Empire Deluxe
Empire Deluxe sets the timer rate to a speed too fast for Windows 95 to handle comfortably. It runs, although slowly. Running Empire Deluxe in MS-DOS mode allows it to run at full speed.

Falcon AT by Spectrum Holobyte
Falcon AT requires MS-DOS mode.

Fields of Glory by Spectrum Holobyte
Fields of Glory requires MS-DOS mode.

FIFA International Soccer by Electronic Arts
Executable: FIFA.EXE

FIFA International Soccer uses a memory model that is not compatible with Windows 95. It must be run in MS-DOS mode.

Fifth Fleet
Executable: FLEET.EXE

Fifth Fleet has a timing-related problem in its sound code that causes it not to recognize the sound card. The problem may be resolved when Fifth Fleet is run in MS-DOS mode.

Flight of the Intruder by Spectrum Holobyte
Flight of the Intruder requires MS-DOS mode.

Flight Simulator Tool Kit - World War II by Spectrum Holobyte
Executable: WWII.BAT

Flight Simulator Tool Kit requires MS-DOS mode to play sounds properly.

Freakin' Funky Fuzzballs by Sir-Tech
Freakin' Funky Fuzzballs requires MS-DOS mode.

Front Page Sports by Dynamix (Sierra Online)
Executable for Front Page Sports Football Pro!: HIKE.COM
Executable for Front Page Sports Football Pro '95: HIKE.COM
Executable for Front Page Sports Baseball '94: PLAYBALL.COM

If sound effects are enabled, the Front Page Sports programs use Virtual Direct Memory Access Services (VDS) incorrectly and must be run in MS-DOS mode.

FX Fighter by Argonaut Software
FX Fighter encounters memory problems (such as page faults) when run in Windows 95. It must be run in MS-DOS mode.

Gabriel Knight for MS-DOS by Sierra Online
Executable: GKCD.BAT

Gabriel Knight requires MS-DOS mode.

Game Pak III by The Software Toolworks
Game Pak III requires MS-DOS mode.

Goblins,
Goblins 2
by Sierra Online

Executables: GO.BAT, GOB.BAT

These programs set the timer rate to a speed too fast for Windows 95 to handle comfortably and must be run in MS-DOS mode.

Grand Prix by Road and Track
Grand Prix does not run well in an MS-DOS session when you are using the PC speaker as the designated sound output device. System performance slows considerably because of the increased timer load by the PC speaker. To boost performance with this game, run the game in MS-DOS mode, or turn off the PC speaker sound.

Great Naval Battles 1939-1942 by Strategic Simulations (SSI)
This version of Great Naval Battles requires MS-DOS mode, and you must use VINSTALL to detect the correct VESA driver. Great Naval Battles Vol. II 1942-1943 - Guadalcanal should run in Windows 95.

Harpoon 2 by 360 Pacific
Executable: HARPOON2.EXE

The MS-DOS extender used by Harpoon is not compatible with Windows 95. It must be run in MS-DOS mode.

Helicopter Simulator by Sierra Online
Executable: HELO.COM

Helicopter Simulator must run in MS-DOS mode due to the way it implements copy-protection.

Hell - A Cyberpunk Thriller
Executables: HELL.*, HECK.*

Hell - A Cyberpunk Thriller requires MS-DOS mode to play sounds properly.

The Horde by Crystal Dynamics
Executable: HORDE.EXE

The Horde manipulates the interrupt flag register in a manner incompatible with Windows 95. It must be run in MS-DOS mode.

The Humans by GameTek
Executable: HUMANS.EXE

The Humans sets the timer rate to a speed too fast for Windows 95 to handle comfortably. It runs, although slowly. Running The Humans in MS-DOS mode allows it to run at full speed.
Running an Application in MS-DOS Mode
Windows 95 usually runs programs that require MS-DOS mode in MS-DOS mode automatically. If it does not, delete the corresponding .PIF file and double-click the program icon again. Note that .PIF files usually have the same name as the program file, but with a .PIF extension instead of the .BAT, .COM, or .EXE extension. The corresponding .PIF file can be found in one of the following locations:
In the folder that contains the program file.
In the hidden PIF folder in the Windows 95 folder.
In a folder specified by your PATH statement.
To make certain you find all copies of the .PIF file, use the Find Files Or Folders feature.

If Windows 95 does not configure the program to run in MS-DOS mode automatically, follow these steps:
Click the executable file with the right mouse button, then click Properties on the menu that appears.
On the Program tab, click the Advanced button.
Click the MS-DOS Mode check box to select it.
You can usually use the Use Current MS-DOS Configuration option. However, some programs may require that you use the Specify A New Configuration option. Consult the program's documentation for sample CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT files.
Click OK.
These steps cause the program to run in MS-DOS mode. You may need to optimize the settings if the program requires a mouse, expanded memory, a CD-ROM drive, or a sound card. Consult the program's documentation to determine if it has specific needs.

NOTE: You may have to double-click the program icon in Windows Explorer or My Computer, or type the program name in the Run dialog box, for the program's settings to take effect. Typing the program name at an MS-DOS prompt does not always cause the program's settings to be used.

Inca MultiMedia CD by Sierra Online
Executable: INCA.EXE

Inca programs the Direct Memory Access (DMA) controller incorrectly. It must be run in MS-DOS mode.
Indy Car Racing by Papyrus
Executable: INDYCAR.EXE

Indy Car Racing makes incorrect assumptions about the system memory configuration when Windows 95 is running, causing it to believe the computer has a negative amount of memory. It must be run in MS-DOS mode.

It may be necessary to delete the existing INDYCAR.PIF file before running this program so that Windows can configure it properly.

Inferno: The Odyssey Continues by Digital Image Design
Executable: INFERNO.BAT

Inferno is distributed by Ocean Distributing. Inferno moves an active data segment which results in a system hang if that data segment is needed while it is being moved. This problem may be alleviated if you run Inferno in MS- DOS mode.

Ishar 3 by Ready Soft
Executable: START.EXE

Ishar has a problem in its timing code that causes it to stop responding (hang). There are also problems with the MS-DOS extender used by Ishar.

NOTE: Before installing this game, restart your computer, press F8 when you see the "Starting Windows 95" message, then choose Safe Mode Command Prompt Only from the Startup menu.

Isle of the Dead by Merit Software
Isle of the Dead requires MS-DOS mode.

Jutland by Software Sorcery
Executables: JUTLAND.EXE, JUTLANDV.EXE

Jutland does not run in Windows 95 due to an uninitialized variable. It must be run in MS-DOS mode.

Kingdoms of England II
Vikings: Fields of Conquest
by Realism Entertainment
Executable: VIKINGS.EXE

The MS-DOS extender used by Kingdoms of England is incompatible with Windows 95. It must be run in MS-DOS mode.

King's Quest III by Sierra Online
Executable: KQ3.BAT

King's Quest III must run in MS-DOS mode due to the way it implements copy- protection.

Lawnmower Man by Sales Curve
Executable: LAWN.BAT

Lawnmower Man requires MS-DOS mode.

Lemmings by Psygnosis
Executable: LEMMINGS.BAT

Lemmings manipulates expanded (EMS) memory in a manner incompatible with Windows 95. It must be run in MS-DOS mode.

Lemmings II - Tribes by Psygnosis
Executable: L2.BAT

Lemmings II uses the timer in a manner not compatible with Windows 95. It can be run in Windows 95, but does not run smoothly. Running in MS-DOS mode allows the program to run smoothly.

Lemmings Chronicles by Psygnosis
Executable: L3.BAT

Lemmings Chronicles manipulates expanded (EMS) memory in a manner incompatible with Windows 95. It must be run in MS-DOS mode.

Links 386 CD by Access Software
Executables: GOLFCD.BAT, LINKSCD.BAT

Links 386 moves an active code segment, resulting in a problem if that code segment is needed while it is being moved. The problem may be resolved in MS-DOS mode.

Lost in Time by Sierra Online
Lost in Time requires MS-DOS mode.

Machiavelli the Prince by Microprose
Executable: PRINCE.EXE

Machiavelli the Prince uses Virtual Direct Memory Access Services (VDS) incorrectly. Depending on your system configuration, it may play static instead of sound and music. It may also hang when exiting due to another problem in the program. If you encounter either of these problems, run Machiavelli the Prince in MS-DOS mode.

Mammals
Executable: GO.BAT

Mammals detects the hard disk as a network drive if run under Windows 95. It must be run in MS-DOS mode.

Mechwarrior 2 by Activision
Executable: MECH2.EXE

Mechwarrior 2 plays the intro movie, but when you go into combat, a page fault error occurs. The problem is resolved when the program is run in the MS-DOS mode.

Menzoberranzan by Strategic Simulations (SSI)
Executable: MENZO.EXE

Menzoberranzan encounters internal assertion failures when run under Windows 95. It must be run in MS-DOS mode.

Metaltech: Earthsiege by Sierra Online
Executables: ES.BAT, ES.EXE

The way Metaltech uses the sound card is incompatible with Windows 95. It must be run in MS-DOS mode.

Mickey's 1-2-3 by Disney
Executable: MICKEY.BAT

Mickey's 1-2-3 has a timing-related problem in its sound code that causes it to hang. The problem may be resolved when Mickey's 1-2-3 is run in MS-DOS mode.

Microcosm by Psygnosis
Executable: MCOSM.EXE

Microcosm uses a memory model that is not compatible with Windows 95. It must be run in MS-DOS mode.

MIG-29 by Spectrum Holobyte
MIG-29 requires MS-DOS mode.

Mixed-up Mother Goose by Sierra Online
Executables: MGCD.BAT, MG.BAT

Mixed-up Mother Goose has a timing-related problem in its sound code that causes it to hang. The problem may be resolved when the program is run in MS-DOS mode.

More Lemmings by Psygnosis
More Lemmings manipulates expanded (EMS) memory in a manner incompatible with Windows 95. It must be run in MS-DOS mode.

Mortal Kombat II by Acclaim Entertainment
Executable: MKII.EXE

Mortal Kombat II makes incorrect assumptions about the system memory configuration when Windows 95 is running. It must be run in MS-DOS mode.

NASCAR Racing by Papyrus
Executable: NASCAR.EXE

NASCAR Racing makes incorrect assumptions about the system memory configuration when Windows 95 is running, causing it to believe the computer has a negative amount of memory. It must be run in MS-DOS mode.

It may be necessary to delete the existing NASCAR.PIF file before running this program, so that Windows can configure it properly.

NOTE: The 1.2 patch of NASCAR.EXE runs in Windows 95, with some reservations:

* If this is the first MS-DOS-based program that uses the sound card after the system is restarted, it hangs the system.
* If this is the second MS-DOS-based program that uses the sound card, it works correctly.
* With this patch, the program works properly at any time if the sound card is disabled in Device Manager.

NBA Live '95 by Electronic Arts
Executable: NBA.BAT

NBA Live '95 has problems with timing and mixing sounds. It runs better in MS-DOS mode.

NCAA Basketball - Road to the Final Four 2
Executable: NCAA2.BAT

NCAA Basketball fails when it attempts to access protected-mode operating system data structures. It must be run in MS-DOS mode.

One Must Fall by Epic
Executable: OMF.EXE

One Must Fall occasionally accesses memory it did not allocate. Windows 95 memory protection terminates the program due to an invalid operation. Run One Must Fall in MS-DOS mode to avoid the problem.

One Must Fall comes with a custom .PIF file called OMF.PIF that you must delete before running One Must Fall. This allows Windows 95 to create a new OMF.PIF file that is properly configured.

Oregon Trail Deluxe by MECC
Executable: OREGON.EXE

Oregon Trail attempts to take control of the sound card if run under Windows 95. It must be run in MS-DOS mode for sound to work properly.

Pacific Strike, by Origin
Executable: PACIFIC.EXE

Pacific Strike requires Virtual Control Program Interface (VCPI) services, which are not supported by Windows 95. It must be run in MS-DOS mode.

PGA Tour Golf 486 by Electronic Arts
Executable: GOLF.EXE

PGA Tour Golf 486 has a problem in its timing code that causes it to pause for long periods of time under certain conditions. You may also encounter general protection faults with certain hardware. The problems may be resolved in MS-DOS mode.

Pinball 2000 by Expert Software
Pinball 2000 requires MS-DOS mode.

Pinball Arcade by 21st Century
Executable: ARCADE.BAT

Pinball Arcade attempts to calibrate the computer in a manner not compatible with Windows 95. Running it in MS-DOS mode allows the calibration to succeed.

Pinball Fantasies by 21st Century
Executable: PINBALL.EXE

Pinball Fantasies attempts to calibrate the computer in a manner not compatible with Windows 95. Running it in MS-DOS mode allows the calibration to succeed.

The Playroom by Broderbund
The Playroom requires MS-DOS mode.

NOTE: Before installing this game, restart your computer, press F8 when you see the "Starting Windows 95" message, then choose Safe Mode Command Prompt Only from the Startup menu.

PowerHits BattleTech by ActiVision
PowerHits BattleTech must be run in MS-DOS mode.

PowerHits Movies by ActiVision
PowerHits Movies must be run in MS-DOS mode.

Privateer by Origin
Executable: PRIV.EXE

Privateer uses the Virtual Control Programming Interface (VCPI) which is supported by Windows 95 only in MS-DOS mode.

Putt-Putt Joins the Parade by Humongous Entertainment
Putt-Putt Joins the Parade requires MS-DOS mode.

Quarantine by GameTek
Executable: Q.BAT

Quarantine programs the sound card to a rate faster than it can handle. It must be run in MS-DOS mode.
Running an Application in MS-DOS Mode
Windows 95 usually runs programs that require MS-DOS mode in MS-DOS mode automatically. If it does not, delete the corresponding .PIF file and double-click the program icon again. Note that .PIF files usually have the same name as the program file, but with a .PIF extension instead of the .BAT, .COM, or .EXE extension. The corresponding .PIF file can be found in one of the following locations:

* In the folder that contains the program file.
* In the hidden PIF folder in the Windows 95 folder.
* In a folder specified by your PATH statement.

To make certain you find all copies of the .PIF file, use the Find Files Or Folders feature.

If Windows 95 does not configure the program to run in MS-DOS mode automatically, follow these steps:

1. Click the executable file with the right mouse button, then click Properties on the menu that appears.
2. On the Program tab, click the Advanced button.
3. Click the MS-DOS Mode check box to select it.
4. You can usually use the Use Current MS-DOS Configuration option. However, some programs may require that you use the Specify A New Configuration option. Consult the program's documentation for sample CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT files.
5. Click OK.

These steps cause the program to run in MS-DOS mode. You may need to optimize the settings if the program requires a mouse, expanded memory, a CD-ROM drive, or a sound card. Consult the program's documentation to determine if it has specific needs.

NOTE: You may have to double-click the program icon in Windows Explorer or My Computer, or type the program name in the Run dialog box, for the program's settings to take effect. Typing the program name at an MS-DOS prompt does not always cause the program's settings to be used.

Realms of Arkania - Blade of Destiny by Sir-Tech
Executable: BLADE.BAT, BLADEM.EXE

Realms of Arkania attempts to calibrate the computer in a manner not compatible with Windows 95. Running it in MS-DOS mode allows the calibration to succeed.

NOTE: The calibration problem occurs only in the program title sequence. To skip the title sequence, double-click the BLADEM.EXE program icon instead of BLADE.BAT. This avoids the calibration problem and allow the program to run in Windows 95 without requiring MS-DOS mode.

Rebel Assault by Lucas Arts
Rebel Assault may require MS-DOS mode on some computers, particularly 386- based computers or computers with less than 8 MB of RAM. Rebel Assault cannot play sound on a ProAudio Spectrum 16 sound card unless it is using an 8-bit DMA channel.

Relentless: Twinsen's Adventure by Electronic Arts
Executable: RELENT.EXE

Relentless Twinsen's Adventure makes incorrect assumptions about the system memory configuration when Windows 95 is running. It must be run in MS-DOS mode.

Return to Zork by ActiVision
Although you can install Return to Zork in Windows 95, it runs only in MS-DOS mode. If you receive error messages on a blue background while installing Return to Zork, ignore them.

Rise of the Robots by Time Warner Interactive
Executable: RISE.EXE

Rise of the Robots has a problem in its timing code that causes it to pause for long periods of time under certain conditions. The problems may be resolved in MS-DOS mode.

Robinson's Requiem by Ready Soft
Executable: START.EXE

Robinson's Requiem has a problem in its timing code that causes it to stop responding (hang). There are also problems with the MS-DOS extender used by the program.

Rodney's Funscreen by ActiVision
Executables: RODNEY.BAT, RODNEY.EXE

The MS-DOS-based version of Rodney's Funscreen is unable to play sounds in Windows 95. Note that there is a Windows-based version of the program, in the same package, that works fine.

Sabre
Executable: SABRE.EXE

Sabre requires MS-DOS mode.

Sam 'n Max Hit the Road by Lucas Arts
Sam 'n Max Hit the Road may require MS-DOS mode on some computers. On others, it may run but with degraded sound quality. If you experience problems, run Sam 'n Max Hit the Road in MS-DOS mode.

Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe by Lucas Arts
The CD-ROM version of Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe experiences problems in Windows 95. You may be able to avoid these problems in MS-DOS mode.

The floppy disk version appears to run in Windows 95 without any problems.

Shadowcaster by Origin
If you have a computer without a math coprocessor, you must run Shadowcaster in MS-DOS mode.

Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective by ICOM Simulations
Sherlock Holmes requires MS-DOS mode.

SimCity Classic by Maxis
SimCity requires MS-DOS mode.

SimHealth by Maxis
Executable: HEALTH.EXE

The MS-DOS extender used by SimHealth is not compatible with Windows 95. It must be run in MS-DOS mode.

SimLife by Maxis
Executable: SIMLIFE.BAT

SimLife requires MS-DOS mode.

NOTE: Before installing this game on a 486-based computer, you may have to restart your computer, press F8 when you see the "Starting Windows 95" message, then choose Safe Mode Command Prompt Only from the Startup menu.

Simon the Sorcerer by Infocom
Simon the Sorcerer requires MS-DOS mode.

Slam City with Scottie Pippen by Digital Pictures
Executable: SLAM.EXE

When you run Slam City for the first time it causes a fault in the MS-DOS extender. The fault occurs because Slam City encounters a problem when it attempts to determine the proper settings for your sound card. A file called SLAMTEMP.$$$ is created in the root directory to record the problem. Do not delete this file.

When you run Slam City a second time, it should detect that the previous attempt to detect the sound card failed and display an appropriate message.

It may be necessary to restart your computer after you choose the sound card for sounds to play properly. Depending on your sound card, sound may not work even after you restart the computer. If this occurs, run Slam City in MS-DOS mode.
Sound Configuration Utility by Dynamix (Sierra Online)
Executable: SOUNDSET.EXE

This configuration program is used by many Dynamix games. This program accesses memory after freeing it. Windows 95 memory protection terminates the program due to an invalid operation. Run the program in MS-DOS mode to avoid the problem.

Space Adventure II by Knowledge Adventure
Space Adventure II requires MS-DOS mode.

Speed Racer by Accolade
Executable: SR.BAT

When you exit Speed Racer, you receive an error message. The error message occurs because Speed Racer accesses memory after freeing it. Windows 95 memory protection terminates the program due to an invalid operation. Run Speed Racer in MS-DOS mode to avoid the problem.

Stalingrad by Avalon Hill
Executable: STALIN.EXE

Stalingrad must be run in MS-DOS mode.

Star Crusader by GameTek
Executable: SC.COM

Star Crusader (which comes pre-installed on some Leading Edge computers) runs poorly in Windows 95. It runs better in MS-DOS mode.

Strike Commander by Origin
Executables: SC.EXE, SCCD.EXE

When you run Strike Commander you receive the following error message:
Protected mode driver is not responding to EMS function calls. Make sure your EMS driver is not configured with the NOEMS option. If it is, replace the option "NOEMS" with "RAM."
This error is misleading as Strike Commander is really asking for Virtual Control Program Interface (VCPI) services, not EMS memory. Windows 95 does not support VCPI services, so you must run Strike Commander in MS-DOS mode.

Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo by GameTek
Executable: SSF2T.BAT

Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo is not compatible with Win32. It must be run in MS-DOS mode.

NOTE: This program does not run if you have a BLASTER environment variable with no "T" attribute. Please contact GameTek for instructions on including an appropriate "T" value in the BLASTER environment variable before running Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo.

Syndicate (and add-ons) by Electronic Arts
Executables: SYND.BAT, SYND.EXE

When you run Syndicate or any of its add-ons in Windows 95, you receive the following error message:
DOS/16M error: [31] protected mode already in use in this DPMI virtual machine
Syndicate requires complete control of the computer and must be run in MS-DOS mode.

System Shock by Origin
Executables: SSHOCK.BAT, SSHOCK.EXE

System Shock has trouble reading the joystick if run from a Windows 95 MS-DOS prompt. Either disable the joystick feature, or run System Shock in MS-DOS mode.

The Treehouse by Broderbund
If you have more than 500K of free conventional memory, you can run The Treehouse in Windows 95. Otherwise, you must run The Treehouse in MS-DOS mode.

Trump Castle 3 by Capstone
Executable: TC3.EXE

Trump Castle sets the timer rate to a speed faster than it can handle. Running it in MS-DOS mode may resolve the problem.

Ultima VII - The Black Gate by Origin
Executable: ULTIMA7.COM

The Black Gate requires MS-DOS mode.

Ultima VII - Part II - Serpent Isle by Origin
Executable: SERPENT.COM

Ultima VII - Serpent Isle refuses to run in a protected-mode operating system. It must be run in MS-DOS mode.

To run Serpent Isle in MS-DOS mode, you must specify a new MS-DOS configuration. The following sample CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT files may work. If they do not, please contact Origin for assistance.

CONFIG.SYS:

Files=25
Buffers=25 (per Origin, PS/2 users should use Files & Buffers of 50)

AUTOEXEC.BAT:

Path=<Windows folder>;<Windows\Command folder>;<Serpent Isle folder>
C:\<Path to mouse driver>


Note that Origin recommends that you not run Serpent Isle with any disk compression.

Ultima VIII - Pagan by Origin
Executable: U8.EXE

Pagan requires MS-DOS mode.

Ultimate Football by Microprose
Executables: FOOTBALL.BAT, FOOTBALL.EXE

Ultimate Football requires MS-DOS mode.

Ultrabots by Electronic Arts
Ultrabots sets the timer rate to a speed too fast for Windows 95 to handle comfortably. It runs, although slowly. Running Ultrabots in MS-DOS mode allows it to run at full speed.

Under a Killing Moon by Access Software
Executable: MOON.EXE

Under a Killing Moon uses the sound card in a way that is not compatible with Windows 95. If you disable sound support for the game, it may run in Windows 95. Otherwise, you must run and install Under a Killing Moon in MS-DOS mode.

US Navy Fighters by Electronic Arts
Executable: USNF.EXE

US Navy Fighters makes incorrect assumptions about the system memory configuration when Windows 95 is running; therefore, it must be run in MS-DOS mode.

Wing Commander II by Origin
Executable: WC2.BAT

Wing Commander manipulates expanded (EMS) memory in a manner incompatible with Windows 95. It must be run in MS-DOS mode.

Wing Commander II - Special Operations Disk by Origin
Executables: SO1.BAT, SO2.BAT, SO1.EXE, SO2.EXE

This add-on to Wing Commander II manipulates expanded (EMS) memory in a manner incompatible with Windows 95. It must be run in MS-DOS mode.

Wing Commander Armada by Origin
Executable: ARMADA.EXE

Wing Commander Armada requires Virtual Control Program Interface (VCPI) services, which are not supported by Windows 95.

Wings of Glory by Origin
Executable: GLORY.EXE

Wings of Glory requires Virtual Control Program Interface (VCPI) services, which are not supported by Windows 95.

Wordtris by Spectrum Holobyte
Wordtris requires MS-DOS mode.

World Atlas version 4 by Software Toolworks
Executable: WA.BAT

World Atlas is unable to play sounds when run at a Windows 95 MS-DOS prompt due to the way it uses the system timer. To work around this problem, disable the sound in World Atlas or run it in MS-DOS mode.

World of Xeen - Might and Magic by New World Computing
World of Xeen requires MS-DOS mode.

Zephyr by New World Computing
Executable: ZEPHYR.EXE

Zephyr requires MS-DOS mode.
Running an Application in MS-DOS Mode
Windows 95 usually runs programs that require MS-DOS mode in MS-DOS mode automatically. If it does not, delete the corresponding .PIF file and double-click the program icon again. Note that .PIF files usually have the same name as the program file, but with a .PIF extension instead of the .BAT, .COM, or .EXE extension. The corresponding .PIF file can be found in one of the following locations:

* In the folder that contains the program file.
* In the hidden PIF folder in the Windows 95 folder.
* In a folder specified by your PATH statement.

To make certain you find all copies of the .PIF file, use the Find Files Or Folders feature.

If Windows 95 does not configure the program to run in MS-DOS mode automatically, follow these steps:

1. Click the executable file with the right mouse button, then click Properties on the menu that appears.
2. On the Program tab, click the Advanced button.
3. Click the MS-DOS Mode check box to select it.
4. You can usually use the Use Current MS-DOS Configuration option. However, some programs may require that you use the Specify A New Configuration option. Consult the program's documentation for sample CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT files.
5. Click OK.

These steps cause the program to run in MS-DOS mode. You may need to optimize the settings if the program requires a mouse, expanded memory, a CD-ROM drive, or a sound card. Consult the program's documentation to determine if it has specific needs.

NOTE: You may have to double-click the program icon in Windows Explorer or My Computer, or type the program name in the Run dialog box, for the program's settings to take effect. Typing the program name at an MS-DOS prompt does not always cause the program's settings to be used.

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Postby Snover » 2002-11-25 @ 00:07

Eek! no formatting! Give a URL to the KB article please!

Also:
Beneath a Steel Sky uses a memory model not compatible with Windows 95. Run it in MS-DOS mode.

Hmm..
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Postby Nicht Sehr Gut » 2002-11-25 @ 02:41

Snover wrote:Eek! no formatting!
So? It still looks mostly the same. It's really there for quick-searching.
[B]Give a URL to the KB article please!

It's 3 separate articles:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;132994
+132995
+132996
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Postby Stiletto » 2002-11-25 @ 20:50

Great find, Nicht. Thanks!
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Re: M-Soft's Knowledge Articles on DOS games

Postby DosFreak » 2003-12-28 @ 08:25

Where'd you pull this from. I have Technet CD's that are only a couple of months old. I could parse those if ya want but if you have already done so then....
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Re: M-Soft's Knowledge Articles on DOS games

Postby Stiletto » 2003-12-30 @ 00:44

DosFreak wrote:Where'd you pull this from. I have Technet CD's that are only a couple of months old. I could parse those if ya want but if you have already done so then....


Didn't you read the third post? Nicht's list was pulled from the Microsoft Knowledge Base, Articles 132994, 132995, and 132996. The links still work. They were formerly known as Q132994-Q132996, but that's going back a ways. Anyhow, way to resurrect an old thread!

BTW, what are you talking about parsing? Something on the Technet CDs? What?

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Re: M-Soft's Knowledge Articles on DOS games

Postby DosFreak » 2003-12-30 @ 06:47

I was wondering if he searched the online database as opposed to Microsoft's knowledge base they release on the Technet CD's. It's much easier to search those than M$'s screwed up online system...especially since they revamped the Technet CD's.
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