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“… (by The Walker) KQ6 in *any* version is far from inferior. 😉 But to each their own….”
*roll eyes*

“…The weird thing about some of the early Sierra games for windows is that they need to start up within an active DOS-based environment since Windows acted like a frontend for DOS. So while VDMS doesn’t do anything for the game itself, you need it to simulate that environment before the game can start up. Otherwise, if you double click on the shortcut or the EXE itself, it won’t do anything. Space Quest 4 for windows was like this, too….”
Yes, that’s very weird, and likely incorrect.

VDM Sound does nothing for Windows games. if you can get KQ6 (for example) Windows version to run by right-clicking and selecting “run with VDMS” that’s nothing to do with DOS/Windows. It’s either to do with the NTVDM system loading (which I guess is sort of what you’re saying) or simply letting the game run because it allows you to use correct res’s or something.

SQ4 for Windows is even worse. KQ6 has ugly pictures, SQ4 is simply crap in Windows. Download the CD-fixed version that’s much much better at http://www.SpaceQUest.Net if ya get a chance..

“…I wouldn’t say that the steps are nonsense since I’ve spent a few hours getting all my old DOS games to work in windows XP without requiring their CD’s to play. KQ6 just ended up being the biggest problem. Getting KQ6 for DOS to work is easy, but I like to challenge myself. =) It feels good to get things working where the solution isn’t obvious. But since there doesn’t seem to be a quick magical fix to this cursor bug aside from installing VirtualPC or an older version of windows, looks like I’m out of luck. I’m in no mood to design a full-scale 16-bit Windows emulator project. =P…”
Absolute nonsense. And it’s not rocket science to get CD games to run off your hard disk..

Yes, challenge yourself by making problems and solving them. Excellent.

Instead of being ‘out of luck’, why don’t you go do something useful for yourself and play the DOS version using VDM Sound? Honestly. Some people amaze even me! 🙂

– Alistair