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KillStart - For old games on Vista/7

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  1. FordGT90Concept

    FordGT90Concept "I go fast!1!11!1!"

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    There's a lot of older games that have messed up colors on Windows Vista and Windows 7. Others have finally found a solution that almost always works: stop explorer.exe. That is basically what this application does (stops explorer, runs game, when game closes, restart explorer).


    Games currently known to benefit from KillStart:
    -StarCraft
    -Populous: The Beginning


    Usage - KillStart itself is transparent. Shortcuts point to KillStart then KillStart runs the game. To simplify the shortcut creation process, it is highly recommended to use the "KillStart Shortcut Creation Tool." If you used the installer, it can be found in Start -> Programs -> KillStart.
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    Path to KillStart: Required. This should point to KillStart.exe. If the Tool and KillStart are in the same directory, it will auto-fill this.

    Path to Application: Required. This needs to point at the game/application that is having troubles with colors.

    Application Arguments: Optional. These are parameters that you want to pass on to the game/application. These would appear on the normal shortcut you use to run the game.

    Shortcut Description: Optional. This will appear in the description field of the created shortcut.

    Shortcut Icon: Optional. Point to a *.ico file to associate with the shortcut. You can change this after the shortcut is created.

    Save Shortcut... Clicking on this button will prompt you where you want to save the new shortcut. Use this created shortcut to run the game from now on.

    KillStart Shortcut Creation Tool is not required if you know your way around shortcuts. The shortcut "Target" must point at KillStart and the first argument must be the path to the game executable. All arguments after that will be sent to the game. "Start in" should point to the directory KillStart is in.


    Note: Sometimes little green dots flash on the screen randomly even with KillStart. Alt+tabbing and going back into the game appears to effect them. Sometimes it will make more appear and sometimes it will completely remove them. Keep alt+tabbing until they are acceptable. You shouldn't have to alt+tab more than three times.


    Do not close the KillStart console window when it appears. It will close by itself once the game is closed. This must remain open in order to restore normal function to Windows.

    Requires .NET Framework 4.0 [Client Profile] to run. The installers will prompt you to install this if you need it.


    The files included in both installers are identical (the application is platform neutral).
    any = Windows Binaries
    x86_setup = Windows 32-bit Installer
    x64_setup = Windows 64-bit Installer
     

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    go ahead and UL this to the site if you want.
     
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    FordGT90Concept "I go fast!1!11!1!"

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    Thanks but I think I won't. Too many places to update files drives me mad. :(
     
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    Thank you Ford GT, I have to try this as I have a lot of legacy games just sitting here gathering dust (Red Alert series, Warlords II(pre-Battlecry)... Should be fun ;)

    Kudos to you for this :toast: :toast:
     
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    Will try it on Silver in the week maybe. :)
     
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    wILL arMOURED fIST 1 RUN WITH THIS? :)
     
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    Frick Fishfaced Nincompoop

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    tRY iT
     
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    This app is for someone who never heard of disable themes and desktop composition features in Vista and Win7...
     
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    FordGT90Concept "I go fast!1!11!1!"

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    That doesn't work on all or even most games. Explorer itself appears to be the problem with a lot of games in Windows Vista/7 so this outright removes the problem while the game is running.

    At the same time, some games may require using compatibility options on top of stopping Explorer.
     
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    Wanted to play Joan of Arc again. I Don't even know if it has color problems with win7 (Dx8 game), but soon I will find out:) I hope I don't need any program to run it.
     
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    I'm mostly playing older games and i never had any problems on Vista or Win7 (at all).
    Those that did have any problems were kernel level compatibility issues that were either solved by cracks, official patches or home brewed compatibility patches (like the almost legendary NFS3 and NFS4 Vista Edition patches that i made).
     
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    If this lets me play USAF im going to hurt my self doing a back flip i havent been able to play it since win98
     
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    Ctrl+Alt+Del


    Windows key combination all of you should know. End explorer, Ctrl+F, New task, browse to game, run.


    After.

    Ctrl+F new task type "explorer" without the quotes. Press enter.


    Be amazed.
     
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    Just use Ctrl+Shift+Esc instead. Also, his little program do all this without the need for doing all that manually.
     
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    This application makes sure the correct explorer.exe is launched too. On 64-bit windows, there is a 32-bit and 64-bit version of explorer.exe. Sometimes starting a new task of "explorer" can invoke the 32-bit version on 64-bit windows.


    Yup, it also disables the registry key that would normally restart Explorer. It's a convinence application.
     
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