Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Byte: We're gonna party like it's Nineteen-Ninety...er...Seven?

Well, things didn't quite go according to plan with the Windows ME virtual machine I talked about in my last post. It turns out that my WinME disk was hardware-locked to only work with PCs made from the same manufacturer as the PC I got it with. Which was a bit of a bummer, but nothing the mighty eBay couldn't handle.

This morning a still-sealed Windows 95 OEM disk and manual dropped through my letterbox (£5.99 well spent), prompting much rejoicing. I decided to plump for Windows 95 rather than 98 or ME firstly because virtually all of my Win98-era games work on XP, and secondly, because it's a heck of a lot easier and cheaper to pick up these days. You can take the man out of Scotland, but you can't take the Scotland out of the man. I do love a bargain...

I spent a feverish hour at lunch setting up the virtual machine, having to bypass most of the hardware detection in the install procedure to get it working. I may just be getting sentimental in my old age, but I did have a few pangs of nostalgia when I was sitting through the setup screens, remembering when I installed it for the first time, at 5am in the morning on my old Pentium 75MHz, just after a shift at the casino in Sheffield. 32MB of RAM, 300MB hard drives, 4MB S3 video cards... those were the days...

So now I can play just about every PC game in my collection again. I sense a few long nights on UFO: Enemy Unknown coming along...
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