Judging from the statistics, a few of the players who log into CIU are still using Windows XP.
Most of these are probably the result of selecting “Run this program in compatibility mode” in the .exe properties, but has anyone here managed to get the game legitimately working with Windows XP? If so, how?
Iirc, there’s a chain thing that requires DirectX 10, which Windows XP can’t support.
I tried many ways to run the game in Windows XP but all attempts failed, it’s likely Virtual box doesn’t give Windows XP a proper 3D support, which is required to run the game.
If you make the game support Windows XP again, I may be able to finally fulfil my dream of having CIU working in Windows 98.
With that aside, a lot of people still use Windows XP, especially in Africa, Chicken Invaders is pretty popular there.
I wonder if there can be a ‘legacy pc’ build just for Windows XP devices, but it would have the least priority to maintain.
Just to allow more players to play the game on old devices, and decent PCs won’t lose performance.
After a few days, I’ll install Windows XP x64 (Or probably x86 for compatibility) and attempt to make it support CIU somehow.
I see a few tools that makes Windows XP run Windows Vista apps, and others making Windows Vista support Windows 7 apps (Alkaline solutions software? What was it named again?), and some other stuff, I’ll give them a shot on real hardware (Since Virtual Box graphics are incompatible with Windows XP, and my device is already built to support Windows XP).
Just tested it on a 32-bit install. You can still install Steam, but it won’t download any games, just errors out when connecting to a server.
As for the standalone version, the installer runs (with a few error codes, but nothing that prevents it from continuing), but upon trying to launch the game, it pops up a “code 132” error, and doesn’t let you proceed any further.
I’d say it’s fair to assume no one is playing it on that.