Appears that I am the first masochist here. To make a long story short, my desktop has died and forced me to pick up a new PC on short notice. Unfortunately, all of the lower priced solutions (all I have money for right now) come installed with Windows(R) 8 64 bit. After installing everything I wanted I have found a number of positive results. First, compatibility with older software has not been as eliminated as foretold.
Running (the good news - only needed tweaks to compatibility settings, despite DirectX 9.0c not being compatible):
URU Complete Chronicle
I plan to try MOULAgain and the Gehn shard soon, I will let everyone know. Given my current success and the fact I had everything running in Windows 7 64 bit previously, I am optimistic.
Not running (the bad news):
After installing Java, making sure it installed correctly and was running, I tried Drizzle30.jar. It shows the splash title and disappears. Once again, I had this running previously on a 64 big Windows 7 machine, so it sounds like it should work.
Given that I am not writing a lot right now, I was wondering if anyone in the Guild had any suggestions.
Thank you in advance.
"Windows 8, all the features you weren't sure you wanted and more" - my teenage son