how to play windows XP games on Windows 10

nowadays, Windows 10 is the latest and the great operating system has Microsoft come up with. it OS s so offendedly because of it's excellent features. but it's come showing our love for the old is gold XP

That is also the reason why we would still be hanging on to its old Windows XP game CD that we tend to spend our teenage years playing and will like it
relive those moments all over once more in the age of Windows ten.
Fortunately, that isn’t overtly impossible either though it can be tricky.

here, I have mentioned a few steps you can follow to run your Windows XP games in your Windows 10 though it might not be applicable for all games. It’s worth trying though.


How to play Windows XP games on Windows 10


Step 1. Run as Administrator

This will be a good first step to try, one that also is so simple. The logic is so simple since nearly all users were accorded the status of an administrator on Windows XP, try running the Windows XP game as an administrator and see if this works.
The same isn’t applicable by default in Windows ten what with all the advanced safety features it comes with tho' here is how you'll be able to still do it.
Simply right click on the executable file of the Windows XP game and choose Run as Administrator.

Follow on-screen instructions thereafter.

step 2. Use the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter

this is for the how you let windows 10 best settings to run the file. show below the steps:
Type Run Programs in the windows 10 Cortana search box.
The rest, that's Run programs for previous versions of Windows will appear automatically.

Click on it to launch the Program Compatibility troubleshooter.

Use the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter

Click on Advanced > Run as Administrator. Click on Next.

You will be Select the program you are having problems with the window.
Here, choose the program you're having issues with or select unlisted if you can’t find you're applicated already listed.

Click on Next.

In the next part, you will be required to browse to the .exe file for the particular application. 

Click on Next.


Subsequently, you'll reach the select troubleshooting option window.
Here, select the Try recommended settings option.

Windows ten will now try to find the best settings needed for the Windows XP game to run smoothly.

Click on the test the program.. to see if the application is running properly.

The troubleshooter will ask you if you're able to run the application to your satisfaction.

Selecting yes, save these settings for this program will mark the end of the troubleshooting process.

However, if the troubleshooting fails and you select No, try again using different settings will land you in a different section where you will be provided with different reasons explaining

the cause of the failure. Make your choice and click Next. Follow on-screen instructions thereafter.

step 3. Run Windows XP game in compatibility mode





Windows 10 comes with another option for running outdated programs wherein you can manually change the compatibility settings. Here is how you do it.
Type the application name in the windows 10 Cortana search box.
In the search result shown, right click >> application name >> Open file location.
In the file location, you will get to see all the files that run the game.
Right click on the .exe file and select Properties.

In the Properties window, select the Compatibility tab.
Click on the Run this program in compatibility mode checkbox. Run this program in Compatibility mode
Select Windows XP from the drop-down box just underneath it.

Under the Setting section, there are a few more options to further improve your chances of making the program to run effectively.

Select those and see if it helps.
It is sort of a trial-and-error process and will need several attempts before coming to a stable configuration.

Click on Apply > OK.

step 4. Virtual Machine

This can be considered as a zone within your Windows ten where you can run programs meant for Windows XP. Or it is like a Windows XP section within Windows 10.
However, you will need a valid Windows XP license to successfully create a virtual machine capable of running programs meant for the version of Windows.