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Run an old program on a new PC

John P. wants to continue playing a game he bought when running Windows 98

How to speed up your PC games without buying new hardware

Upgrading video cards and CPUs isn't the only way to squeeze out higher frame rates. Dig in to see how you can optimize your system by tweaking some of those cryptic in-game and graphics-related settings.

Retro gaming challenge! Windows 8 versus classic PC games

Windows 8 is great for running today's games, but what about classics from PC's golden age of gaming? The results are mixed.

Top Ten Factors for Choosing a Gaming PC

When you're shopping for a gaming system, consider our ten rules of thumb before you pull out your wallet.

How to Run Your Own LAN Party

Or, how to game with friends without blowing up your PC, house, or home network.


How to Build an Energy-Efficient and Quiet Gaming PC

Building a system that maximizes game performance is easy; doing it while keeping power consumption down is harder. Here's how you can build your own, and make it whisper-quiet to boot.

How to Get the Most From Your 3D HDTV

Whether you want to play 3D games or watch the latest 3D blockbuster, you can perform a few simple tricks to optimize your 3D HDTV viewing.


Give Your Kids Safe and Easy Access to Over 100 PC Games

Free (but ad-supported) Web site Kido'z Games packs a rainy day's worth of kid-friendly diversions into your browser.

Geek 101: What Is Jailbreaking?

Jailbreaking is a hack that frees your iDevice from Appleā€™s restrictions. What does that actually do and why on earth would anyone do it?


How to Play PC Games on Your HDTV

You can take advantage of your high-powered gaming system to play PC games and classic console games at beautiful resolutions on your HDTV. Here's how to do it.


How to Play Fallout and Fallout 2 in Windows 7

Now that Bethesda has reinvigorated the Fallout franchise, jump back in and play the classic Fallout and Fallout 2 on your modern machine with our handy guide.

How to Play Final Fantasy VII in Windows 7

If you happen to own the PC copy of Final Fantasy VII, we can show you how to make it look and play better than ever before.

Can a Gamepad Beat a Keyboard and Mouse?

Can console and PC gamers play nicely together? Three PCWorld editors try playing console first-person shooters with a keyboard-and-mouse controller, and report their results.


How to Play Mechwarrior 4: Mercenaries on Your Windows 7 PC

With a few steps, you can get Mechwarrior 4: Mercenaries running on your modern computer.

How to Use ScummVM to Play Classic Games

Old-school adventure games such as The Curse of Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, and Full Throttle are hard to find--and even harder to play on modern computers. If you have a classic game you're itching to play, follow this simple guide to run it through the ScummVM emulator.