It does depend on the game, some just will not run at all, some have patches which you download from the internet and together with running in compatabilty mode you can get to run perfectly. As an example at the moment I'm replaying the original Command and Conquer game which I've patched and am running in compatabilty for Win 98. If you mention the game you want to play someone will probably be able to tell you whether it will run or not under XP.
Sadly, playing games on the PC is not as easy as playing on a games console. Before playing, you'll need to install the game. This can be done easily by following the instructions in the manual or onscreen.
For which games work, the all above are true. But remember your rights in the shop. You can happily ask whether it will run on Windows XP Home before purchase, then refuse if it doesn't. They are then under obligation to only sell you a game if it will work on the computer you specify (namely a Windows XP Home machine).
If they say it will work, ask if you need to do anything special to the computer, like Compatibility Mode. Some games will step you through this at the installation.
But, as Totally-braindead said, we'll be happy to say whether the game you want will work, but we cannot always guarantee it as we do not know the other specifications of your machine.
Remember you need at least what it recommends on the packaging.
Further to what QuickHare has said about the specification, if the game says minimum required Pentium 800 for example and your computer is an 800 my advice would be don't buy it. It would run BUT it would probably run pretty badly perhaps even making the game unplayable or almost so. Always take the specification on the box with a pinch of salt and make sure your PC is a bit above what it asks for and then you won't be dissapointed.
Hi, just a thought, if you are new to XP you might not know what is meant or how to check Compatibility Mode. When you instal game in XP right-click on game short-cut icon and go to Properties, then left-click on Campatibility tab and put a tick. Apply and the may or may not work!! Good luck :-)
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Your computer should be fine for all games that have the Windows XP logo on it, or mentions Windows XP on the box.
The specs to take with you when looking for games are: Intel 2.53GHz, 512Mb RAM, 80Gb Hard drive and the fact you have Windows XP Home. You may need to know what graphics card you have, but to be honest, I have yet to see a computer where the graphics card makes a difference to a game, and I've seen a fair few...
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