With great trepidation, I embarked on what I figured would be a painful journey trying to get my favorite game working under Windows 7. I thought I would be clever and install it under the “Windows XP Mode” virtual machine. It installed, but crashed when I ran it.
Next I tried to install it native directly on my 64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate desktop. It installed without a hitch. When I ran the game, the opening video looked awful, took long pauses, appeared pixelated, and suffered from trash left on the screen left over from previous screens.
Once the opening video played, the game started and has run FLAWLESSLY with no patches, settings, or other complications. I am running the 3DO Version 4.0 Heroes of Might and Magic III Complete.
Woo hoo! Another 5 years of time wasted to come!
Four years have passed since I published this article and I’ve upgraded my laptop to Windows 8.1. HMM3 plays great on it.