Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/170068/how-to-troubleshoot-issues-with-pc-games/
PCs are all about backwards compatibility, but this can lead to problems. Games designed for DOS or even just earlier versions of Windows may not work properly on modern versions of Windows without some tweaking.
Sometimes none of these tips work. Trying to make the Midtown Madness series work on Windows 8 is a nightmare. These times, you need the P4 and install XP on it. Just to be safe, disconnect it from the web and don't put any flash drives in it except yours.
Also be careful about updating your game. Sometimes the updates introduce new problems for specific chipsets. I had this problem with Awesomenauts. 1.19 perfectly playable. 1.2 to this day remains unplayable.
Same goes for drivers. If your game always automatically updates just make note of which version it last worked with. If it worked at all.
A VM running XP SP3 gives 4-5 fps. XP SP3 nLited gives a max of 10 fps. Tested on VirtualBox, cause I don't like VMware's UI.
I don't like VMWare Player, and Workstation is way too expensive. I think
that Virtualbox and other Virtual Machines work just fine with games.
Well, that'd be your PC. Also I'm talking 1998-2000 games here, not 2003-2005 ones. The latter ones work just fine.