Windows 8 Natively Running Windows 3.1 Game – Unprecedented Compatibility

This video demonstrates the power of Windows 8’s support for legacy software. Windows 8 is perfectly able to natively run a game designed for Windows 3.1 and Windows 95. The game was released in 1994, and I am running the original, unmodified version of this game. This software has not been remastered; it’s running the original code.

This game had two exe files, one 16-bit and one 32-bit. I ran the 16 bit version on Windows 3.1 and the 32-bit version on Windows 8 64-bit. The 16-bit version does work on the 32-bit version of Windows 8.

5 thoughts on “Windows 8 Natively Running Windows 3.1 Game – Unprecedented Compatibility

        • The post isn’t about arguing over technical terms. The point of this is to show Windows being able to run a program designed for Windows 3.1 without any further modification. The exe that works on Windows 3.1 works just as well on Windows 8. Now, I know Windows 8 32 bit uses a wow16 emulator to run 16 bit apps and Windows 8 64-bit uses wow64 to emulate 32 bit programs. That’s not the point. The point is that Windows can run ancient Windows apps out of the box. Simple as that.


  1. That’s awesomeness, right there for you. Nobody does compatibility like Microsoft, but they never get credit from the brainwashed Tech blogosphere.


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