Wing Commander Games Very Compatible With Windows Vista
Last summer we gave the Windows VistaBeta 2 a spin to see how well Wing Commander games designed for Windows 95 would run, and the initial results were promising. Now that the final release is available, Sarty has been able to completely play through a battery of WC games for an update. Although his trials reflect compatibility with just one system, the results are surprisingly positive. It appears that virtually every Wing Commander title designed for Windows runs well. Not only is compatibility mode rarely needed to achieve stability, but some traditional Windows XP bugs have even disappeared in Vista! Here's his complete report:
WC1 (KS) - Runs fine without compatibility mode activated. Colors invert and stay inverted whenever I alt-tab out.
WC2 (KS) - Runs fine without compatibility mode activated. No obvious problems.
WC3 (KS) - Runs okay without compatibility mode activated. Colors invert and stay inverted whenever I alt-tab out. Problems with random colorization, running on Win95 compatibility seems to fix the problem.
WC4 - Both CD and DVD versions run fine without compatibility mode activated. No obvious problems.
WCP - Runs fine without compatibility mode activated. Even the typical video-skip bug that I always had was not a problem.
WCSO - Requires compatibility mode to be activated, Win98 worked fine. No other problems during run through of the game.
DOSbox works just as well as it did on XP with Privateer, Academy, and Armada.
No explanation for the color inversion. Even running in compatibility mode doesn’t seem to fix it, so I’m assuming it is something to do with my hardware.
Note that Sarty is still working on testing Privateer 2, but the game already functioned properly during our initial beta trials. We still expect there to be occasional hiccups and issues with specific hardware configurations, but we're quite happy that the new operating system won't hold back Wing Commander fans trying to play their favorite games in the future.
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2016-09-25 -- DefianceIndustries is back from a well earned vacation with a gorgeous new model. He's hand crafted the imposing F-107 Black Lance fighter, commonly known as the Dragon. There's even a sell sheet that's similar to the famous Playstation advertisement that portrays it like a car ad.
2016-09-24 -- Today's update to the Wing Commander mod for Sins of a Solar Empire is all about engines. Nomada_Firefox has carefully worked within the game's limitations to get the powerful flares looking just right. The results look pretty hot!
2016-09-23 -- Joe Garrity has uncovered another gem from his vast archives. This time he's managed to secure a copy of the original Scimitar master of the blueprints included with Wing Commander 1. You can see how each of the little elements is taped in place prior to mass production - that's how layout was done back in the day!
2016-09-22 -- YouTuber Hercxena has wrapped up his playthrough of Wing Commander: Privateer and the Righteous Fire expansion pack. Many people have recorded Let's Play videos of various Wing Commander installments, but smaller titles like Righteous Fire don't get much coverage. If you skipped over Privateer or Righteous Fire back in the day, you can get a taste on Hercxena's channel.
2016-09-21 -- Today marks 20 years since the premiere of the Academy television show on the USA Network! The animated series came at a prime time in Wing Commander history. It arrived just a few months after Wing Commander 4 & the CCG premiered and a couple months ahead of Kilrathi Saga & Privateer 2.
2016-09-20 -- Been has officially listed Wing Commanders Fleet Action and Heart of the Tiger in its ebook store! Expect to see them show up for Apple iBooks, Amazon Kindle and more on December 6, 2016. In the Baen tradition of releasing partial manuscripts ahead of time, the first half of each novel is already available for early purchasers.
2016-09-19 -- Nomada_Firefox has taken on the issue of scale in his Wing Commander mod for Sins of a Solar Empire. Tackling the enormous size of the 22,000 meter Kilrathi dreadnought is challenging for most modders, and it's interesting to see how each project addresses this. In order to prevent an issue with the ship conflicting with planets, he's had to downscale everything 20%, but the proportions are still right.
2016-09-18 -- Jason Walton has nearly completed his project to redigitize the music of Wing Commander 2, and it sounds great! Give it a listen for a fantastic wrap up to our WC2 weekend. Compared to the previous clips he released last month, Jason has upgraded to Logix Pro X as his editor of choice and spent a lot of time ensuring the pacing, tone and synthesized notes were just right.
2016-09-16 -- There's just one day to go until Wing Commander 2's 25th anniversary live stream! The fun gets going at noon Pacific US time (3 PM Eastern, 8 PM British Summer Time) on Twitch and continues until we successfully strike K'Tithrak Mang! Along the way, join in for trivia, commentary and guest interviews.
2016-09-15 -- Vulpes-Sapien makes a lot of really cool line art from a variety of sci-fi series. Here's his take on the most common Confed fighters of Wing Commanders 1-3. As an extra bonus, WC2 gets a handful of Kilrathi ships as well.
2016-09-14 -- Joe Garrity came across a cool artifact in his massive Origin collection that he'd like to share. This is the set of Confed playing cards that were used during the filming of Wing Commander 4. Joe's pulled out the four-of-a-kind that Maniac ominously used to defeat Vagabond before his final mission.
2016-09-13 -- capi is back with another diligent report on the status of his ever growing Wing Commander RPG. Summer holidays and a side project to create a card game took up a chunk of the last month, but lots of work still got done on Kilrathi lexicon and translation. Here's his plan for what's coming up next:My Plan for this week is to continue in Chapter 2.
2016-09-12 -- We saw a variety of utility ships in the last update on the Wing Commander mod for Sins of a Solar Empire, and this time we're upsizing quite a bit. Nomada_Firefox has added a fleet of Kilrathi warships to the mix that's turned out very well. The first several shots show the assembled armada with a large number of potent vessels.
2016-09-11 -- VERTi60 is an ace starship commander in the new Galactic Junk League. The point of the game is to cobble together a cool ship from space debris and then battle it out with other players. Naturally, Wing Commander fans quickly started to make familiar designs from their favorite series!
2016-09-10 -- To further commemorate this past week's WC2 anniversary, Music_Guru has unearthed a second trove of articles that explore the period just before and after the game's release. There's a whole lot of reading ahead, so let's get to it! First up is a a single page from the May 1991 issue of Zero based in the UK.
2016-09-09 -- Forums member NuAngel was going through our news archives when he noticed a broken link to a 1999 interview with Wing Commander creator Chris Roberts. Gamespot UK had scored the interview in the months leading up to the release of the Wing Commander movie, so that was the main topic of conversation. Fortunately NuAngel found a working copy on the Wayback Machine, so everyone can enjoy this throwback to the 90's internet.
2016-09-08 -- Details on how a second symphony recording session will be funded are still being worked out, but that hasn't stopped Origin composer George Oldziey from continuing to make progress on the orchestrations for his next Wing Commander album. His latest track comes from the conclusion of WCP. This will be the third track after the WC3 surrender scene and one of the early mission medleys from WC4.
2016-09-07 -- Nomada_Firefox has added a wide variety of support ships to round out the roles in his Wing Commander mod for Sins of a Solar Empire. The marine shuttle looks pretty slick, and just like in Wing Commander 4, it has a special boarding & capture ability in the game. The Belleau Wood transport from Armada makes its appearance as the refinery transport here, and the Privateer 2 ship is back as a trade transport.
2016-09-06 -- There's great news coming out of Dragon*Con, which was held once again in Atlanta this past weekend. ^Death_ reports that Baen has confirmed the remainder of their Wing Commander novels will be published as ebooks! The distribution schedule could be on the slow side, as WC titles will be parsed out where space allows between conventional new releases, but this is fantastic news!