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If your Roller Coaster Tycoon 1 game is not running under Windows 7, this is will get it running.

What you need to do is find the game exe and open properties and go to the compatibility tab. On this set the operating system to Windows 95 or Windows 98, check Disable Visual Themes, Disable desktop composition and check Run as this program as Administrator and click ok.

Then download the patch.

After that the game should run just fine.

EDIT: This game is now available on GOG.com which is windows 7 compatible Buy here .



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Addictgamer

I run the game running in windows 7 64 bit almost perfectly. Actually, I only have RC2. I love that game...
No compatibility mode whatsoever, and only the graphics are bugged a bit. I think it also crashes if I try to use the coaster editor.


Might it be that you need to update your graphics drivers? You could also try installing older versions. That's the only way I could play some games.

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I was just about had enough of trying different things to try and get the games to work on Windows 7, however just before I stopped, I got them both to work to a degree.

What you need to do is find each one's game exe and open properties and goto the compatibility tab. On this set the operating system to Windows 95, check Disable Visual Themes and Disable desktop composition and click ok.

After I did that the game ran just fine. However doing certain things causes it to crash, such as starting a new game when you are in a game and loading a saved level sometimes doesn't work.

The other alternative is to run the game in a Virtual Machine with Windows XP installed.



i run both on vista and 7 just fine
what you need to do is run them as admin with the other options you listed above (due to the new regulations and restrictions on what a program can do that is launched it is necessary to run them as admin so they can access the files they need)
also they will always be kinda unstable in a 64bit environment

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i run both on vista and 7 just fine
what you need to do is run them as admin with the other options you listed above (due to the new regulations and restrictions on what a program can do that is launched it is necessary to run them as admin so they can access the files they need)
also they will always be kinda unstable in a 64bit environment


Yes, I should have written that this was only tried on 32bit. I don't have 64bit.

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i run both on vista and 7 just fine
what you need to do is run them as admin with the other options you listed above (due to the new regulations and restrictions on what a program can do that is launched it is necessary to run them as admin so they can access the files they need)
also they will always be kinda unstable in a 64bit environment


Yes, I should have written that this was only tried on 32bit. I don't have 64bit.


ive been examining my exe's of both games i run them as admin with all of what you said earlier and in win 98 combat mode
if it still doesnt work i can let me know and ill try to figure out more solutions
good luck

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ive been examining my exe's of both games i run them as admin with all of what you said earlier and in win 98 combat mode
if it still doesnt work i can let me know and ill try to figure out more solutions
good luck


Tried that setup, runs the same. If I go to 'New Game' while in a game it still crashes with an 'Access Violation'.

By the way, I'm talking about Roller Coaster Tycoon 1.

EDIT: Turns out, I needed the latest patch: RollerCoaster Tycoon UK Patch V1.08.187. I installed it a now it's all working! I have also uploaded the US and UK patch in case anyone needs it as it was a pain to find.

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Apologies for the epic bump, gents. This thread is a top hit for the terms "Windows 7 RollerCoaster Tycoon." I used to LOVE playing this game, and the lady picked it up out of the bargain bin for me. Thanks to this thread, I can now save my game, and launch it without issue. I'm still having an original major problem. After anything from 5 to 15 minutes of playing, my computer will hard lock with the ambient game sounds still playing/looping. No mouse cursor movement, no keyboard commands. If this were anyone else's computer, I would say the hard drive is failing. But this only occurs when playing RCT. Tips?

Running Windows 7 Ultimate x64, 8GB RAM, nVidia GTX 460.

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Apologies for the epic bump, gents. This thread is a top hit for the terms "Windows 7 RollerCoaster Tycoon." I used to LOVE playing this game, and the lady picked it up out of the bargain bin for me. Thanks to this thread, I can now save my game, and launch it without issue. I'm still having an original major problem. After anything from 5 to 15 minutes of playing, my computer will hard lock with the ambient game sounds still playing/looping. No mouse cursor movement, no keyboard commands. If this were anyone else's computer, I would say the hard drive is failing. But this only occurs when playing RCT. Tips?

Running Windows 7 Ultimate x64, 8GB RAM, nVidia GTX 460.


Not a problem, glad you got it working as it's a great game. I too am left with this problem but perhaps the sound is locking the game, maybe try turning off all game sounds and see if it locks up still.

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I am unable to apply the patch, i get an error:

Error Trapper

Exception Raised - Access Violation

Error Location: Unknown


Anyone that knows how to solve this? I'm kind of a newbie when it comes to stuff like this and I really want to play RCT...

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I am unable to apply the patch, i get an error:

Error Trapper

Exception Raised - Access Violation

Error Location: Unknown


Anyone that knows how to solve this? I'm kind of a newbie when it comes to stuff like this and I really want to play RCT...


Not sure, maybe it's having trouble accessing the files. You might want to check folder/file permissions.

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Apologies for the epic bump, gents. This thread is a top hit for the terms "Windows 7 RollerCoaster Tycoon." I used to LOVE playing this game, and the lady picked it up out of the bargain bin for me. Thanks to this thread, I can now save my game, and launch it without issue. I'm still having an original major problem. After anything from 5 to 15 minutes of playing, my computer will hard lock with the ambient game sounds still playing/looping. No mouse cursor movement, no keyboard commands. If this were anyone else's computer, I would say the hard drive is failing. But this only occurs when playing RCT. Tips?

Running Windows 7 Ultimate x64, 8GB RAM, nVidia GTX 460.




Apologies for the epic bump, gents. This thread is a top hit for the terms "Windows 7 RollerCoaster Tycoon." I used to LOVE playing this game, and the lady picked it up out of the bargain bin for me. Thanks to this thread, I can now save my game, and launch it without issue. I'm still having an original major problem. After anything from 5 to 15 minutes of playing, my computer will hard lock with the ambient game sounds still playing/looping. No mouse cursor movement, no keyboard commands. If this were anyone else's computer, I would say the hard drive is failing. But this only occurs when playing RCT. Tips?

Running Windows 7 Ultimate x64, 8GB RAM, nVidia GTX 460.


Not a problem, glad you got it working as it's a great game. I too am left with this problem but perhaps the sound is locking the game, maybe try turning off all game sounds and see if it locks up still.

I too, have that problem.

The problem: We all have 64 bit computers (those of us having problems, that is). The difference is your 64bit OS processes data differently, in a greater quantity at the same rate as a 32 bit OS, but 64bit is faster due to it being able to process more at once(twice as much, which is why 64 is 2 times more than 32). 64bit OS's can process 32 bit, but often times not as efficient. I do not believe it is a matter of sounds, but a matter of eventually your computer over does itself and since the game wasn't designed for 64bit it likely crashes everything including Windows. That is why just pushing the power button often won't work unless you hold it. Both Roller Coaster Tycoon 1 & 2 DO NOT work on 64bit, I've tried and both of them hang the system after a while.
Also for retro gamers, 64bit does not support 16 bit at all.

The solution: Since these games don't strain modern computers that much, you can try installing a 32 bit version of Windows 7 or just good old XP which is guaranteed to work with RCT 1 & 2 inside a virtual environment. I'd recommend virtualbox, it's free for use on all OS's. Now I'm not guaranteeing that virtualbox will work, as my current computer running XP inside of virtualbox causes a BSOD at startup, but I haven't had the time, patience or HDD space to try out Windows 7. Probably don't have much in the processing and RAM department either... Another solution is to dual boot your computer, but that is more advanced and can mess up your computer. The advantage to doing this would be being able to have a fully operational OS, instead of running an OS inside of an OS.
Easier way: If you have an older computer you never use you could always install XP on it and just use it.

Hope that that helped!

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Both Roller Coaster Tycoon 1 & 2 DO NOT work on 64bit, I've tried and both of them hang the system after a while.


I must disagree as I played RCT on my vista x64. I've not tried it on Win7 yet since I upgraded, but 64-bit computer archetecture is not the cause of game failure. I mean LRR runs just fine yet it is older than RCT (or at least I think?). 16-bit games can also be played through emulators, only you have to get a ROM version as if it were a console game.

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Whenever I try installing the patch that is linked in the OP, I get this error:

Unable to update files
Unrecognized game version, wrong language, or game files are corrupted.

Any ideas?

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Whenever I try installing the patch that is linked in the OP, I get this error:

Unable to update files
Unrecognized game version, wrong language, or game files are corrupted.

Any ideas?


Weird. Did you try both of them?

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Whta about rollercoaster tycoon 3: platinum on Win 7 and Vista since, it wount install on my Win 7 and Vista computers. :chief: :docs: :jet: :sparks: :bandit: