Can't get Fallout 3 to work with Win7, it worked fine with Vista 32-bit, Morrowind and Oblivion work just fine on my Win7 computer (same game engine, different versions). I've contacted Bethesda and they responded with a completely generic copy/paste response, I'll throw the body of the email in here to get anyone who can help up to speed.
Hello,Please note that the program is not tested or supported in Windows 7. You *
may* be able to run the program using compatibility mode in Windows 7, but we cannot guarantee the program will function properly in this new operating system.
Program compatibility is a mode in Windows that lets you run programs written for earlier versions of Windows. Most programs written for Windows XP also work in this version of Windows, but some older programs might run poorly or not run at all. If an older program doesn't run correctly, start the Program Compatibility Wizard to simulate earlier versions of Windows.
To change compatibility settings for a program:
NOTE: Do not use the Program Compatibility Wizard on older antivirus programs, disk utilities, or other system programs, because it might cause data loss or create a security risk.
NOTE: If the Compatibility options are grayed out, then it is a 64 bit program and cannot be changed.1. Right-click the icon for the program.
2. Click Properties.
3. Click the Compatibility tab.
4. Check the box "Run this program in compatibility mode".
5. Choose the version of Windows the program was made for. For best compatibility, choose the latest Windows version the program was written for. Check the system requirements for the program if you are not sure.
6. It may also be necessary to check the box for "Run this program as an administrator."
7. Click Apply and OK Hi,
Fallout 3 crashes to the desktop on game-startup, I have reinstalled and have tried to load the game with no patches, no mods, no utilities of any sort, and it still crashes. I don't know what to do, and it seems questions related to this issue are going unresolved on the Bethesda forums.
Here's my system information:
OS: Windows 7 64-bit
Motherboard: Asus P5N-T Deluxe (Nvidia nforce 780i chipset)
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 (3GHz)
RAM: 6 GB Corsair DDR2 memory
VGA: Nvidia (BFG) GTX 285 1024MB (driver version 196.21)
Sound Card: Integrated
(Just an FYI, I have the Steam version, but I doubt that should matter.) I used to play the game on Windows Vista (32-bit), and it worked just fine, the computer is exactly the same as it was before I switched to windows 7.
See the attached DXdiag for details, I doubt you'll find anything though. Ill throw the DXdiag on my skydrive for those that want to see it (http://cid-51b65177f7aebc51.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/.Public?uc=1 ) If the link doesn't work I will paste the text here. Sorry about the formatting I don't know how to fix it.
The information which you got from that games support team is right. Fallout 3 is not compatible with windows 7. You may have to wait until that game manufacturer releases some patch or windows 7 compatible Fallout game.
Umesh P - Microsoft Support