For fun I decided can an old 95 / 98 game work on 2008. I decided to see if Earthworm Jim would function. It will install / run however you get a
vids:iv32 decompressor error when launching the game. To resolve this for this game and a few other older games that rely on this codec you need to do the following
1. Copy ir32_32.dll from a WinXP machine to c:\windows\system32
2. Create the following registry key
Create a Reg_SZ vidc.iv32 with the value ir32_32.dll
This is an intel codec no longer available for free is my understanding from some searches I did.
So far it is working fine and an old vintage purchase survives OS upgrade 4...