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 Post subject: Re: Windows Vista Games in Server 2008
PostPosted: 06 Nov 2009, 13:37 
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Here's some good news :)

http://community.winsupersite.com/blogs/paul/archive/2009/11/05/get-tinker-and-texas-hold-em-for-free.aspx

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 Post subject: Re: Windows Vista Games in Server 2008
PostPosted: 08 Nov 2009, 21:40 
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Has anyone tried porting any Windows 7 games or media player12 over yet?


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 Post subject: Re: Windows Vista Games in Server 2008
PostPosted: 20 Dec 2010, 07:12 
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ok, here is how ( for x86 32bit Sp2 ) :


to be on the safe side you should have all important runtimes and DirectX installed, like a universal pack called AiO runtimes ( all in one runtimes ) .. google for it. It installs Xinput,DirectX,Net 1.1 to 3.5.1, all c++ and so on. Pretty safe and conveniant .


0.) install opensource/freeware 7zip for opening the wim files http://www.7zip.org - its useful as you see :

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1. ) take your Vista iso / CD and navigate to the sources folder.

2. ) Open the INSTALL.WIM file by rightclicking it and select open with 7zip.

3.) Inside the wim you notice numbered directories. Each directory is a Vista edition. for me Number 3 was the folder for ULTIMATE which contains all the games I was interested in.

4.) Inside the [3] directory you see now all the folders of a Vista installation like Users,Windows,Program Files etc..

5.) We need a few files from that System32 directory and the complete "Program Files\Microsoft Games" Folder from the opened install.wim -- you can drag and drop them from the opened 7zip window to your desktop for instance.

FROM "Program Files" in Vista :

drag and drop the "microsoft games" folder to your desktop.


6.) FROM SYSTEM32 in Vista :

joy.cpl

Xinput_9_1_0.dll

dmusic.dll

Cardgames.dll

wpc.dll

GameUX.dll

GameUXLegacyDFS.dll

place the above on your desktop or a safe folder, they all go later in your system32 folder.

Now make a Folder EN-US or whatever Vista Source Language Code you are using ( I have a english vista cd but a german server one, which is not a problem - every NT6.x System has all the En-US, de-DE folders already. But you need to put the correct MUI files into their native folders.

From Inside the opened System32 Folder of Vistas Wim in 7zip you navigate to the EN-US folder of Vista - We need these MUI files :



joy.cpl.mui

wpc.dll.mui

GameUX.dll.mui

-- drag and drop these 3 to your EN-US folder on the desktop.

Now we need a patched slc file - get a working one here :

http://msftguy.blogspot.com/2008/07/snipping-tool-on-server-2008-no-love.html

extract it ( slc.dll) to the desktop and keep it safe.. its the key file that makes this possible. ( Even running other vista tools on Server.. )

This SLC.dll needs to be copied into the "Microsoft games" subdirectories, e.g. into Minesweeper folder,Chess folder, Inkball folder and so on.. in every game there has to be this exact slc.dll .. DO NOT PUT THIS file into your Windows or System32 directory- only in the games folders


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7.) Now close the Vista Wim, 7zip. You should have the Microsoft Games Folder, the dlls,cpls and the EN-US folder on your desk

the following tasks need admin rights or UAC working :

move/copy the single files from your desktop ( except SLC.dll ) to your (Server 2008 ) system32 directory

move the EN-US folder into the same system32 directory, when asked if you want to merge it, say yes.

move the prepared "Microsoft Games" folder to your Server08 "C:\program files\" folder.

Open a cmd prompt as admin

cd to c:\windows\System32 if it isnt already

registering the ne :D :D eded files :

regsvr32 gameux.dll

regsvr32 dmusic.dll

that's it.

Now you can make shortcuts from C:\program files\Microsoft Games\Game_name\game.exe to your desktop and they will all run. Note : they wont show up in Game Explorer, but it is needed..

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 Post subject: Re: Windows Vista Games in Server 2008
PostPosted: 21 Dec 2010, 00:36 
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Great job, smartie77! :geek: As you can see by looking at the number of views of this topic, this is a much requested feature :) Updated the main page of the win2008workstation manual and the main topic.

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 Post subject: Re: Windows Vista Games in Server 2008
PostPosted: 21 Dec 2010, 05:08 
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Arris wrote:
Great job, smartie77! :geek: As you can see by looking at the number of views of this topic, this is a much requested feature :) Updated the main page of the win2008workstation manual and the main topic.


Wow. Thanks, I feel honoured, Administrator !

forgive me the complicated way of explaining stuff.. I am a Linux guy usually and german speaking .. tweaking an OS or add features never supposed into them is one of my favorite hobbies.. vliting vistas, reconfiguring servers , fiddling in the registry hives, I am also one of these crazy people that put OSX on PCs and so on.. therefore this game thing was easy to figure out. So, now it is shared with everyone for their pleasure.

Some screenies where they might visualize what I am trying to say.. I tend to be over-technical or over-simplifying things, forgive me that please :lol: ..

Once again, thank you and I will try to see what else can be added here.

About My Intention :
2008 was and still is the very best Vista-Replacement ( Home Premium 64 was preinstalled on my Laptop and I hate it - I dislike Win7 too ) and the only 32bit OS that lets you use all Ram without forcing the 64bit madness of Windows ( slow and full of bugs - also I need 16bit support on Win ) . In Linux a standard feature to have a pae kernel available.. in Microsofts world it needs a server os.. crazy world, but however - Plus Server is way securer and can be hardened like hell for restricted users, and now that MSE 2.0 installs on it - well, safe,secure,nice and performance. With full gaming support and without the 64bit overhead of having double directories, exes and services . What else we need for a modern windows box - lean and mean but secure .. the next best thing to Linux ( which is the best of course ) ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Windows Vista Games in Server 2008
PostPosted: 22 Dec 2010, 09:56 
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smartie77 wrote:
Wow. Thanks, I feel honoured, Administrator !
Please just call me Arris :)

smartie77 wrote:
forgive me the complicated way of explaining stuff.. I am a Linux guy usually and german speaking .. tweaking an OS or add features never supposed into them is one of my favorite hobbies.. vliting vistas, reconfiguring servers , fiddling in the registry hives, I am also one of these crazy people that put OSX on PCs and so on.. therefore this game thing was easy to figure out. So, now it is shared with everyone for their pleasure.
Sounds we have quite similar interests, except for the Linux part which I still have to get more familiar with. I think you will also have fun reading the Windows Internals book (Authors which created ProcMon/ProcExp etc.) which also dives into the structure of Windows with the kernel and its dependencies, objects, threads, registry, services, WMI, drivers, DCOM etc. :geek: I find it a very interesting book to read! :)

smartie77 wrote:
I tend to be over-technical or over-simplifying things, forgive me that please :lol: ..
I recognize that, take a look at the 2008/2008 R2 manuals for example ;) All information should be understandable by everyone, so I think you did a good job.

See you around! 8-)

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 Post subject: Re: Windows Vista Games in Server 2008
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Hi Smartie77:
I have tried numerous times to use your method for installing and using Microsoft's games on my Server 2008 R2, 64-bit server. I have been repeatedly unsuccessful. I have followed your instructions to the letter.
Upon attempting to run one of the games, any of the games, nothing occurs. The applications do not open, as far as I can tell don't even try to open.
I have all of the requisite runtime files downloaded, have extracted the necessary DLL's, etc., from a Windows 7 disk.
Is there any information you can add that might help? Have you tried or heard of anyone successfully trying to run Windows 7 games in a Server 2008, R2 64-bit environment?
Thank you.


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