Star Wars X-wing, tie fighter, x-wing alliance

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by malikk, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. malikk macrumors member

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    hello,
    i got windows 7 from ultimate steal (the website that sells to my understanding just to students for free) awhile ago. Well apparently as i recently found out it is just a upgrade version so i need to rebuy windows... or at least that is what they tell me. My question, as i have never tested it out, if x-wing alliance, tie fighter or x-wing works on windows 7. They are windows 95/98 cds i believe. I am just wondering if i buy windows 7 full (since i do want a windows system boot camped) if these three games will work. Or if I need to go back to XP and buy a version of that?

    As well, If anyone has bought windows 7 upgrade version from ultimate steal... if they knew how to make it a full version. Legally of course :). I had bought it and was mislead (due to my own sillyness most likely) that it was a full version. And if anyone knows a "cheap" way to get windows 7 full that'd be great :). I know some of this is in the right thread and some of it may not be... sorry about that!

    Thanks,
    Qua Sar
     
  2. peskaa macrumors 68020

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    I don't think TIE Fighter or X-Wing will work, but XWA may do if run in compatibility mode. Unfortunately I don't have the discs for these any more :(

    As for getting Windows 7 cheap, the only way is to buy an OEM copy rather than retail.
     
  3. doh123 macrumors 65816

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    Win7 upgrade is perfectly legal and able to install again... if you own a license to Windows Vista, or other qualifying Windows OSes.

    If you do have a license to a previous version, you can search the internet on how to install Win7 upgrade as a full OS, its actually quite easy... it basically takes installing it unactivated, then a registry change and command line command.. then the upgrade key will activate it fine. The long way with no special way to activate it would be to install the older Windows version first and then actualyl do the upgrade, but thats not always feasible.
     
  4. davegregory macrumors regular

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    X-Wing and Tie fighter may not work in Windows 7, I haven't tried it. But they will work in dos box www.dosbox.com. You wouldn't even have to boot into windows to get it to work as it works fine in OS X.
     
  5. malikk, Jan 23, 2011
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    really? I thought they would not work in dosbox since they are windows 95/98 cds? I know originally they are dos games though. Is that why?

    I do not own a license to any other windows products anymore doh123 that seems to be my problem. I installed it on boot camp but when it asks for the cd key it says it is invalid (even before I can get to windows itself... during its setup).

    Before it would take my key (telling me I had 30 days to activate) and then i'd call microsoft and they would take me through some steps (i assume the registry thing, but i forget) and it would work. I'm not sure how they were legally able to do that (as I did not upgrade it but just installed it onto boot camp). But it doesn't even take the key now.

    EDIT: Also will dosbox allow for joystick support? I like using a joystick for these games but I could settle with a mouse if I have to. As well I set up x-wing in dosbox and it seems to work. So although it does not seem like it has anyone tried tie fighter in windows 7?
     
  6. Keebler macrumors 68030

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    i don't know how to help you, but i sure wish they'd come out with mac versions, maybe updated graphics wise. I thought those were great games.

    nothing like flying around in an x-wing blasting ties :)
     
  7. JustCreepin' macrumors newbie

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    Me too. In my case, I have/had a qualifying version of Windows (with license), but still wanted to clean install Win7 with upgrade media.

    Hmmmmmmmmmm, I wonder what would show up if you typed in "win7 clean install from upgrade" into the search engine of your choice?

    I may have used these exact words to find a solution to MY problem. Good Luck with yours!
     
  8. bluebomberman macrumors 6502a

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    Both X-Wing and TIE Fighter were originally DOS games; they were remade for Win 95/98 using the X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter engine.
     
  9. malikk thread starter macrumors member

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    The tie fighter i have is not dos compatible but T95/98. Tried running it in DOS BOX. I did finally get windows 7 to work (although I'm not sure if it will activate right... but I am sure I can call and clear it up now that it is finally letting me onto the desktop etc.).

    Now though I have to figure out if it is possible to install tie fighter and x-wing alliance on a x64 system. No luck on that part yet. Or a way around it. Otherwise maybe try to get a mac joystick and try crossover. Or buy XP/98se. But I feel the mac joystick crossover option will be simpler of the two (i.e. less expensive) so I may try that assuming I can return the joystick if that does not work.
     
  10. jbyun04 macrumors 6502a

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    this guy got it to work on w7x64
    http://davidcmoisan.wordpress.com/2010/02/17/the-force-is-with-me-tie-fighter-95-on-windows-7-x64/
     
  11. Xavier macrumors 68020

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    I did this a while back to relive the good old days of X-Wing. What a fun game.
     
  12. Mavimao macrumors 6502a

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    If you're going to go the dosbox route, you should give Boxer a try

    http://boxerapp.com/

    It's dosbox but with an awesome and simple GUI.
     
  13. PopCulture macrumors member

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    Wow, I thought that just about everyone else had forgotten the old X-Wing series of games. Props to you for wanting to run them all.
    Sorry I don't know of a way you can get them to work well. I hope you can do it soon.:cool:
     
  14. malikk thread starter macrumors member

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    I think a lot of people remember x-wing games. I am sure a lot more than me. I am only 23 so I am sure many other people who are a tad older remember it on DOS.
     
  15. peskaa macrumors 68020

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    X-Wing was actually my first game (on the PC that I bought), purchased on a set of 5 floppy disks (including the B-Wing and Imperial Pursuit expansions) along with a joystick. Cost was £50 for the game, which back then was a fortune. I spent hours and hours playing it, and have really fond memories.

    So yes, I definitely remember the original DOS versions, and having to configure the amount of RAM I had available in order to make it play...


    I actually skipped TIE Fighter as my PC wouldn't run it, and I lacked a CD-ROM drive at the time. I went back and got it about five years later. However, from XvT onwards I bought them all, and was particularly impressed with XWA's graphics. I still want to play them actually, so I may give it a go...
     
  16. Dr. McKay macrumors 6502a

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    X-Wing vs Tie Fighter, Wing Commander, Freespace... ah, does were the days. Nobody makes games like this anymore, it's all FPS, RTS and RPG these days. Luckily, Freespace is available as an open source project and it works very well.
    Strange that nobody makes space combat games anymore...
     
  17. Keebler macrumors 68030

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    it is too bad. I'd be all over them. I'm just throwing out the old x-wing alliance guide book and manuals.
     

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