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December 07, 2009
Classic Empire 2.03 runs on Windows 7 Business 32 bit!!!
Even though it does not run on Vista 32 bit, it does run on Windows 7 Business
32 bit without any tweaking.  I just executed the winemp.exe (Empire v 2.03)
and started wasting time again.  I am so happy ...
December 08, 2009
Re: Classic Empire 2.03 runs on Windows 7 Business 32 bit!!!
I spoke too soon.  You can certainly play a game and save it but you cannot open a
saved game.  Still as the "Access Violation" error when opening an existing game.
Sigh...
December 09, 2009
Re: Classic Empire 2.03 runs on Windows 7 Business 32 bit!!!
NeverOutofTune wrote:
> I spoke too soon.  You can certainly play a game and save it but you cannot open a
> saved game.  Still as the "Access Violation" error when opening an existing game.
>  Sigh...

An existing game that you saved with that version of Empire, or with an 
old version?  I've a feeling I've noticed something along those lines 
before....

Moreover, have you got anywhere since last time with finding out what 
the differences are between versions 2.01 and 2.03?

I'm also a little surprised as I thought that the version I had 
contributed (with many bugs fixed) worked in Vista.  I must've not got 
back into playing in longer than I'd realised.

That said, some of the its code needs updating to current D.  I have a 
version on my computer that has the code fixes put in, but which I still 
haven't got round to giving to Walter to put on the site.  It works in 
Vista and, while it AVs on some old game files, has no trouble with 
self-created ones.

I'll try and get Walter to put it up soon.

Stewart.
December 11, 2009
Re: Classic Empire 2.03 runs on Windows 7 Business 32 bit!!!
I only have one version of Empire.  I pulled it from this site.  It is titled in
the downloads section as "Empire 2.01".  The file is empirebin.zip.  The .exe will
start on all of my platforms (Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7).  In the Help ->
About, it shows as 2.03.  So, I am not sure which version I have but I would think
the Help -> About would be more accurate.  Thus, I cannot tell you the difference
between 2.01 and 2.03.

With Vista and Windows 7, I can play and save games but I get Access Violations
anytime I try to open a saved game regardless of which platform I saved
originally.  I have saved games in all three platforms, XP, Vista and Windows 7.
Vista and Windows 7 refuse to open any of them popping up the Access Violation
error.  XP also cannot open a game saved in Vista or Windows 7.

I just discovered the XP Compatibility Mode in Windows 7 which is really a Virtual
PC version of XP with new clothes.  A search on Microsoft sire will explain how
this works.  Empire 2.01/2.03 runs great in this mode and it is transparent that I
am running in a virtual session other than slight hesitation now and then.

This is cleaner than my previous method on Vista which I had to manually start an
XP Virtual machine, then launch Empire (although what I did was hibernate the
virtual session with Empire running to make it easier to restart).

With the Windows 7 XP Compatibility Mode, the virtual machine takes a lot less
space than the manual method I had on Vista.  Microsoft allows you to download a
pre-built XP virtual image that is bare bones and has links to the Windows 7
environment.  They did a nice job with this feature.

So, for now, I am running Empire 2.01/2.03 on a Windows 7 machine a la XP
compatibility mode and with respectable response time.

One of these days, I might try to calculate the number of hours I have lost due to
Empire.  I'll probably need to check into an Empire rehab clinic :-)
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