Windows 8 – Game Installation

This post gives instructions on how to install an older game disc onto Windows 8. To install an older game on Windows Vista or Windows 7 click here. If the disc has trouble reading and installing, click here.

Please use the following instructions when trying to install on Windows 8.

Make sure you’re logged in as an administrator to your computer, then manually install by taking the following steps:

1. Insert the game disc into your disc drive. Close any auto-play windows that pop-up.

2. Click on the Desktop tile from your start menu.

3. Click on the folders icon at the bottom left-hand side of your screen.

4. Go to Documents and create a new folder. Name the folder after the game you’re trying to install.

5. On the left hand side click on “Computer”.

6. Right click on your DVD RW drive and choose “Open”.

7. Look for the Setup file (this file will display as Setup Application, Setup.exe, or Setup Launcher Installshield). Double-click this file to start the installation process.

8. Move through the install process until you reach Choose Destination Location. Click the Browse button or Change button.

9. Navigate to the game folder you created by double-clicking in the Directories box. Select C: drive > Users > User name > Documents > the game folder you created. When you have the correct Path, choose OK.

10. Continue forward with the installation process. When asked if you want to install DirectX, check “No, I will install myself.”

11. Upon completion, click finish and exit setup.

You may also need to:

1. Right-click the game icon that is now on your desktop, select ‘Properties’.

2. Under ‘Properties’, click on the ‘Compatibility’ tab.

3. Check the ‘Run in Compatibility Mode’ box and then select ‘Windows 98/Me’ from the drop-down menu.

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68 responses to “Windows 8 – Game Installation”

  1. cmj says:

    It cant be install on my pc. The setup wont open. Are there other methods?

  2. Huw Miller says:

    Which games will work on work on Windows 8? Will any of the older games work or not?

  3. Catie Hansen says:

    I keep getting a message saying that my system can not play the correct display mode for my games.

  4. Little shota says:

    Hi, I’ve been installing the three latest games from thornton hall until shattered medallion but unfortunately all the games cannot be opened because it said that the installation of directX along with the games are failed.. when I read the instruction, and install the game for once again, I didn’t find any instruction about installing the direct X. is there any other method I can do so I could play the game? I really need help. thank you!

  5. I have tried down loading this game from both steam and Gamehouse, With Gamehouse I was able to download the game but as soon as it starts trying to load I get an error Message (incorrect path to INI file) I have tried every trouble shoot that they have sent me. I thought maybe it was them not the game so I tried it off of steam as well and it downloaded but when I click the play button nothing happens at all.

  6. Sarah says:

    After searching for several hours through a different program after installing through her interactive and using the forums and these instructions it worked in minutes!!!! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  7. Sarah says:

    I also started out through steam and the forums and tech help couldn’t possibly amount to her interactive tech support, I uninstalled whole their program and went directly through you guys. Thanks for the reliable help!!!!

  8. rebecca reynolds says:

    This is probably the wrong place to post this but:

    I recently bought the nancy drew around the world five pack that has danger by design, the phantom of Venice, white wolf of icicle lodge, the creature of kapu cave, and the haunting of castle malloy on it. I unknowingly installed it on my lap to that has windows 8 on it. Ever sense then I have not able to uninstall the games due to the laptop freezing, is this from the game not being compatable with the system?

  9. Kaela says:

    Thank You Sooooo much! This was extremely helpful and an easier task to complete. 🙂

  10. Heather says:

    I was just wondering if you were planning on re-marketing the old Nancy Drew computer games for the updated systems (ie: Windows 8).
    I just bought a new computer with Windows 8 on it, and many of these games don’t say that they will work on Windows 8.
    I’m a little disappointed, because I love the Nancy Drew games and I would like to be able to play them on my new computer.
    Thank you!

  11. Michelle says:

    I recently bought the Nancy Drew around the world five pack that has danger by design, the phantom of Venice, white wolf of icicle lodge, the creature of kapu cave, and the haunting of castle malloy on it. I have a new windows 8 dell laptop, and I have been playing my other older and newer Nancy Drew games on it for weeks now with no problems. This game wont even install onto my computer the installation process freezes when the DirectX setup box pops up and then it shuts down. I would really appreciate some help.

  12. Jwel Beveridge says:

    I am really hoping this works because I love my Nancy Drew games, and I want to be able to play them again. If it doesn’t work, I’ll contact costumer support! Thanks for the tips thogh

  13. zoe hall says:

    Hi! I am trying to install the nancy drew around the world five pack and have literally been staring at the installation page with an empty status bar for over an hour. Does it usually take this long or did I do something wrong?

  14. Rachel says:

    I’m having the same problem with the 5 pack on Windows 8.

  15. Brenna says:

    I need help on how to download Nancy Drew Legend of the Crystal skull to my Windows 8 computer please!!!

  16. D says:

    This totally worked! Thank you so much!

  17. Conner says:

    I’ve been trying to get some older games on my newer PC running with this tactic, but as soon as I find the “setup” files anything I done is immediately met with “This app can’t be run on your PC”. Anything I can do to get around this?

    Thank you so much!

  18. Jessica says:

    Thanks for this fix. Simple and worked perfect 🙂

  19. morgan says:

    “your system can not display the right mode for this game game shutting down” scarlet hand help

  20. Sierra says:

    I’ve been having problems with installing the older Nancy Drew games on my laptop.I was trying to install The Scarlet Hand and also Treasure in the Royal Tower,but it keeps saying,”incorrect path to INI file”.Please help!

  21. Sierra says:

    Thank you so much!

  22. Anks says:

    I love you, this worked!

  23. Phillip says:

    I have a windows 8 and it keeps telling me ‘dciman32.dll error’ which does nothing for me because its telling me to re-install it, how do I fix this?

  24. Nicole says:

    I have tried to download Creature of Kapu Cave, I have tried to do it this way several times but it just will not work. I have emailed tech support and they have not gotten back to me yet. I also tried to open the game and run as administrator. I installed and played Danger by Design yesterday and it worked. I dont know why this one wont work.

  25. debby says:

    Thank you so much! I wanted to add that at least one of my old games, Blackmoor Manor, worked great without having to go through this. All did was install it twice. But thanks for this!!

  26. M Kristensen says:

    For windows 8 users with directx issues use this link

  27. Chloe says:

    Hi I have a compaq computer with windows 8 and I can’t install any of my nancy Drew games! I have tried following tutorials I’ve found online and can’t seem to figure it out. Please help!!

    • Little Jackalope says:

      Hi Chloe! Sorry you are having trouble. Would you please email us at and tell us which games you are trying to install? We can help and get back to you by Monday or Tuesday since it is the weekend and we are out of the office tomorrow.

  28. Liam says:

    Does the haunted carousel work on Windows 10? The disc

  29. sivanesan says:

    I need more details

  30. Sherri says:

    We are thinking of buying some of the Nancy Drew games, and want to make sure that they will work on Windows 8 or 10 before we purchase them. They do say that they work on Windows 7 and Vista, and XP. Will these work with the newer Windows?

  31. Olivia says:

    i have danger on deception island and i cant get past step 6. PLEASE HELP!!!!!

  32. Jayden says:

    I’m downloading the Nancy drew 5 pack and everything is going smoothly however I’m @ the installing part and the bar isn’t being filled up @ all… Why is this taking so long?

  33. Isabel says:

    Thank you so much. now I can play

  34. Mascia says:

    Dear Sirs,

    I followed your instructions, but game still does not work on my OS Windows 8.1. I have even changed the compatibility mode, both during the installation, and before running. But when I try to play, there’s Always this message appearing : Error code ND-12126

    please help me!


  35. kv dheeraj says:

    i installed the game n followed the instructions under you may also need to: and clicked the icon on desktop and launched but it says to please insert prince of persia play disk… what is this ?????

  36. Tasha Flood says:

    Hello I have purchased a couple a the Nancy Drew Games off of the site Bigfishgames. com. but now that I haven a notebook/chromebook it’s saying that the system is not compatible with the game and will not work. Please tell me what to do about this issue.

    • Little Jackalope says:

      Hello Tasha, unfortunately, our games do no run on Chromebook’s operating system, Chromium. They only work on Mac OS and Windows. 🙁

  37. Jazmin says:

    I have ghost dogs of moon lake and downloaded it from a CD onto a windows 10 computer but when I go to play it says your system cannot play the correct display mode for this game. Please tell me what’s wrong and how I can fix this.

  38. I have Message In a Haunted Mansion too! And my brother and my sister in law got it for me
    at Target and I reinstalled on my parents computer but whenever I click on it it won’t start so I think I’ll try that!

  39. Jessica says:

    Having direct x issues with treasure in the royal tower on my windows 8

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