Am I correct in that windows xp is basically an abandoned product
anyway? If so, there's no problem with getting a premade windows xp
virtual machine with screenreaders/screenreader demos already
installed from a site such as or

On 8/6/17, john <> wrote:
> Sadly one can't get xp keys anymore, and windows xp mode only worked on the
> more expensive versions of 7 and up.
> --------------------------------------------------
> From: "Jack Falejjczyk" <>
> Sent: Sunday, August 06, 2017 21:25
> To: <>
> Subject: Re: [blind-gamers] Pipe2 blast chamber/BSC registration
> This is unfortunately true. If you are going to do virtualization, you
> should either use a windows 7 product key if you have one, not an oem
> one, or just virtualize xp as long as you're using it for games.
> On 8/6/17, john <> wrote:
>> I'm familiar with virtualization. The problem is that fixing the audio
>> issues requires more technical effort than I'm willing to
>> detail in a page on the archive.
>> It also requires a separate windows product key.
>> --------------------------------------------------
>> From: "Jack Falejjczyk" <>
>> Sent: Sunday, August 06, 2017 20:43
>> To: <>
>> Subject: Re: [blind-gamers] Pipe2 blast chamber/BSC registration
>> That's because you have to reduce the audio latency manually. It can
>> be done, but if you're gonna do virtualization you'd best have a
>> system with 4gb of ram at an absolute minimum, 8gb is preferred.
>> Ideally you want to give your virtual machine at least 3gb of ram for
>> optimal audio performance. If virtualizing xp x86, there's no point in
>> going above 3gb of ram because it can't take more than 3gb. Xp is
>> light enough that 3gb is more than enough for xp to perform optimally,
>> provided that your system is suited for such things, i e, you're not
>> using all of your system's ram for the virtual machine. To give you an
>> example of an ideal setup, I have a macbook pro2015 with a duel core
>> 2.7ghz intel core i5, and 8gb of ram. Xp runs exceptionally well, and
>> windows 7 runs decently well, keeping in mind that I am running
>> virtual machines off an external hard drive. Which brings me to
>> another point. If you can afford an ssd, buy one. You will not regret
>> it. That will vastly increase your chances of being able to use your
>> virtual machines for gaming on your system.
>> On 8/6/17, john <> wrote:
>>> Virtualization on windows introduces audio subsystem lag.
>>> Gaming would be pretty much impossible.
>>> --------------------------------------------------
>>> From: "Jack Falejjczyk" <>
>>> Sent: Sunday, August 06, 2017 19:47
>>> To: <>
>>> Subject: Re: [blind-gamers] Pipe2 blast chamber/BSC registration
>>> Just remember that there are always virtual machines available. Vmware
>>> fusion for the mac may be an annoying expense especially when taking
>>> into account vmware player has a noncommercial, completely free
>>> version for windows, but it's worth it if you are dedicated to running
>>> these old games. And you never know, you just might catch it while
>>> it's on a discount. If you're looking for a virtualization engine that
>>> is extremely bare bones but is free and does the absolute minimum,
>>> veertu may be what you're after. Don't even try Virtual Box, it's
>>> accessibility is borderline nonexistent.
>>> On 8/6/17, john <> wrote:
>>>> Hi all,
>>>> As promised, here are my results from installing and registering blast
>>>> chamber on windows 10.
>>>> TLDR: it worked. Pretty much perfectly. Its going to be supremely
>>>> annoying
>>>> if all of these cases are because people aren't extracting both files
>>>> from
>>>> the registration generator.
>>>> There were some problems running the game, which I will detail along
>>>> with
>>>> the solution.
>>>> The details:
>>>> I used NVDA during this test. Its unlikely screen reader choice will
>>>> have
>>>> an
>>>> impact, but its worth mentioning just in case.
>>>> The windows 10 machine is fully updated and running the latest version.
>>>> I downloaded both the setup for Blast Chamber and the registration
>>>> program
>>>> from, to ensure that we're all dealing with exactly the
>>>> same
>>>> files.
>>>> There were no issues raised by windows defender/microsoft security
>>>> essentials, which was active during the test. This doesn't mean your
>>>> software won't flag them, just that mine didn't. I did also install
>>>> clasic
>>>> pipe, which was flagged and couldn't install. There's not much that can
>>>> be
>>>> done about these issues. Disable realtime  protection and any network
>>>> connection while running/installing,.
>>>> I ran no programs explicitly as administrator. All applications
>>>> (installer,
>>>> keygen, registration, configuration and the game itself) require
>>>> elevation,
>>>> which UAC prompts for.
>>>> The default installation choices made by setup were accepted entirely.
>>>> Once the game finished installing, I used the desktop shortcut to run
>>>> Blast
>>>> Chamber registration, and copied he registration code.
>>>> I then ran the keygen, pasted it in, and got the product ID.
>>>> I returned to blast chamber registration, pressed the register button,
>>>> and
>>>> was told the game had been registered successfully.
>>>> The only problem that came up was when running the game itself from the
>>>> shortcuts placed on the desktop. It errored out with a file not found.
>>>> This
>>>> occurs regardless of where the game's installed, or if you make the
>>>> shortcuts yourself. To get around it, navigate to and run the
>>>> executable
>>>> directly. If you're not sure where its been put, reinstall the games,
>>>> and
>>>> when asked for an installation directory, supply:
>>>> c:\users\[yourUserName]\desktop\[gameName]
>>>> This will install to your desktop, and you should be able to find the
>>>> executable from there.
>>>> After that extra step, a practice round played through just fine.
>>>> I hope this can finally put the nail in this particular coffin. BSC
>>>> games
>>>> are old. You should not be running them on new computers. There's a
>>>> reason
>>>> older video games require emulators. Systems change, and the old
>>>> programs
>>>> don't know how to handle them.
>>>> In closing, I give you some Amazon links to resolve your problems.
>>>> Utilize
>>>> one, keep the machine off the internet, and please always fully extract
>>>> archive files before running the programs they contain.
>>>> $90, windows xp (could run 7):
>>>> $100 (includes monitor):
>>>> There are a lot more of these (I've seen a solid xp machine for $40).
>>>> If
>>>> you're going to play old games and want them to work without problems,
>>>> get
>>>> old machines to do it on.

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