Railroad Tycoon 2 has a few known issues with running on Windows 7 especially 64bit. The most common problem with running Railroad Tycoon 2 on Windows 7 is a compatibility error when trying to run the setup from disk. It may look something like this:
"The program or feature ...\setup.exe cannot start or run due to incompatibility with 64-bit versions of Windows"
If you happen encounter this error the only known solution is pretty low tech and tedious:
- Install the game on another computer with a 32bit operating system. This can be anything from Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows ME etc. The setup.exe is not compatible with 64 bit operating systems and must be run on a 32bit or lower operating system.
- Copy installed files to your Windows 7 64bit machine.
- Set your game executable to run in Windows XP compatibility. In your newly copied installation directory right click on your RT2_PLAT.EXE or RT2_TSC.EXE file (depending on which on you have) and select properties. Select the compatibility tab and run the program under Windows XP compatibility.
- Insert the CD and start the game via the RT2_PLAT.EXE or RT2_TSC.EXE file. One of these two files should be available in the installation directory you copied over. It is important you use this exe and not one on the CD as that will fail.
If you don’t have a second computer running a 32bit version of Windows or don’t want to bother with these steps buy the steam version of the game! It’s dirt cheap (~$5) and will work out of the box on 64bit machines. See the store page for more info.
If you’ve followed the above steps and are still having issues running Railroad Tycoon 2 on Windows 7, please post in the comments below. To increase your chances of a solution being found include as much detail as possible (which version of the game you’re running, what operating system you have, what video card you have and steps to reproduce the issue). Screenshots are also very useful!