How to Play Pandora's Box on Vista

by Jason ArtmanUpdated September 28, 2017
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Pandora's Box is a puzzle game by Alexey Pajitnov, the legendary creator of Tetris. When running "Pandora's Box" on a computer with Windows Vista or Windows 7 installed, it displays an error that it is "unable to create DirectDraw surface" and asks you to confirm that DirectX is installed. Windows Vista includes DirectX. However, "Pandora's Box" is designed for much older computers. Microsoft released a patch for "Pandora's Box" to resolve this issue. Install the update for "Pandora's Box" to run the game on a computer with Windows Vista or Windows 7.

Install "Pandora's Box" as usual from the original CD. During this process, Windows Vista may display a message indicating that the program has known compatibility issues. Click the "Cancel" button to close the window. Click "Exit" when the installation process is complete.

Open a Web browser and navigate to the official "Pandora's Box" website using the link in the "Resources" section of this article. Click the "Downloads" link on the left side of the page.

Click the "Pandora10a.exe" link to download the update for "Pandora's Box." Save the file to the desktop.

Double-click the file "Pandora10a.exe" on the desktop when the download is complete. When Windows displays a warning asking you to confirm that you want to run the file, click "Run."

Click a radio button indicating whether you want to see the installation directions in English or French, and then click "OK" twice. Click "OK" a final time when the confirmation window appears to tell you that "Pandora's Box" was successfully patched.

Click "This program installed correctly" when Windows asks you if the installation process was successful.

Launch "Pandora's Box." The game will now run correctly on Windows Vista and Windows 7.

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Jason Artman has been a technical writer since entering the field in 1999 while attending Michigan State University. Artman has published numerous articles for various websites, covering a diverse array of computer-related topics including hardware, software, games and gadgets.

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