Microsoft has made Windows 8 compatible with apps running on most previous Windows builds
It’s not a secret anymore that Microsoft really struggled to make Windows 8 work with legacy software, but here’s a video that perfectly showcases all the compatibility features of the new Windows operating system.McAkins Online has published a video showing Windows 8 running an older game designed for Windows 3.1 and Windows 95 released in 1994.
According to the YouTube video description, this is the unmodified and original version of the game, without any change. Windows 8 64-bit perfectly runs the 32-bit version of the game, while the 32-bit operating system can handle the 16-bit build.
As you can see in the video, it’s all possible through DOSBox, a DOS emulator that allows you to run older applications on newer platforms. It uses the SDL library that’s designed to provide users with an interface for accessing old games content, such as graphics, sounds and input devices.