running 32 bit games on 64 bit win 10

i have several 32 bit games that i have always run in xp, vista and 7 32 bit systems that now won't install and run on windows 10 home 64 bit upgrade from windows 7 32 bit. is there a simply way (for laymen who know nothing technical) to make these games work on windows 10 x64????????
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Hello Bill,

 

Thank you for posting your query in Microsoft Community Forums. We are glad to help you.

 

I suggest you to try installing the games in compatibility mode.

Follow these steps to install the games in compatibility mode and check if that helps.

  1. Download the games from the manufacturer’s website.   

  2. Right-click on the driver setup file and click on ‘properties’.

  3. Click on the ‘compatibility’ tab and check the box ‘Run this program in compatibility mode for’ and select Windows 10 from the drop down menu and proceed with the installation. Once this is done, restart the computer and check if the issue persists

 

Hope this information helps. Feel free to contact us for further queries. We will be happy to assist you.

 

Thanks and regards,

Jenith

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- What graphics processor, name and model does your machine use ?

- What are some of the game titles you are having issues with, and are they disk based ?

If the games are disk based, 'open' the disk and look for a file titled - secdrv.sys.

If this file is present report back  with the name of the game, and I will post my rant on DRM blocking

and try to offer a link to a noCD fix/hack.

[EDIT: While most games that are affected by DRM Blocking will install, some won't, unless you copy all the

files from the disk to a folder on your PC and run the installer from that location. ]

The vast majority of games are 32bit. Some games have a 64bit option, and I believe a couple of new

releases may be 64bit only.

 Any game that ran on Win7 without using a compatibility option for an older OS will run on

Win10 without any change.

And selecting compatibility for Win10 would be totally useless on any game, as there are no

games yet that have been released specifically for Win10

- However, you may  find that on rare occasions the selecting compatibility options 'run as admin',

or 'disable display scaling on high DPI settings' may help (the DPI setting was an issue with a number of

games before the  1511 Win10 update)

- DRM blocking aside. The vast majority of games that ran on Win7 will also run on Win10. Of over

150 games I have only one that I cannot make run on Win10 - Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 -

Some games have required a tweak, and a few Steam games have required me to run the

'verify integrity of game cache' tool before they would launch (same happens if I go back to my Win7 install)

- When migrating from 32 to 64 bit there is a possibility that the .cfg or .ini files reference a 32bit OS, so

if you have not reinstalled the games, or are using your old save games, or folders from -

User\My Documents\ or App Data folders that contain game data such as the games  configuration files

(.cfg - .ini ) you may need to delete these files. When you launch the game it will create new .ini or .cfg files.

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if there is no win 10 selection...?

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Unfortunately Jenith  did not seem to understand the concept behind using the Compatibility options.

The option for compatibility with a particular version of Windows is about 'backward' compatibility and

selecting an Windows version that is contemporary with older games/software. Using Compatibility even for

Win7 could cause issues with some games that were made for XP or Win98.

Some older games benefit from using a Compatibility setting for an older OS, but this is actually rarely necessary,

and not always beneficial.

- Compatibility settings also have no bearing on the topic of the OP - 32 vs 64 bit Windows or games.

The main issue with 64bit Windows and old games is with games that use a 16bit installer (mostly pre 2000

release ). 16bit installers will run on 32bit Windows, but not run on 64bit Windows.

- This thread was started in 2015, and due to Win10 having had several major updates since, there may be

different issues with some games on the current iteration of Win10.

You would do better to start your own thread, and give full details of what is, or is not happening.

List you system specifications, including brand and model graphics processor, and the name of the game

 you are having issues with, and whether is is disk based or a download from Steam, etc.

Also include details of any error message, if there are any.

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I have had the same issue, HOWEVER, it seems to be isolated to Win10 Pro, as the same programs work fine on Home Edition. 

these mainly include game titles use xna and largely the 4.0 .net framework (some examples: Stardew Valley, Saints Row 3, Terraria)

Compatibility mode is not effective, and the programs fail to launch, without pop up error messages. 

Event log shows a .net runtime error, 

ie

Log Name:      Application
Source:        .NET Runtime
Date:          21-Oct-17 16:23:46
Event ID:      1026
Task Category: None
Level:         Error
Keywords:      Classic
User:          N/A
Computer:      
Description:
Application: Terraria.exe
Framework Version: v4.0.30319
Description: The process was terminated due to an unhandled exception.
Exception Info: System.BadImageFormatException
   at Terraria.Program.LaunchGame(System.String[], Boolean)
   at Terraria.WindowsLaunch.Main(System.String[])


Any solution or even work that I could do to resolve this would be MUCH appreciated. Running these via a VM is painful and lacking reasonable video card passthrough solutions.

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