>Yeah, except that it doesn't, because Windows really isn't all that backward-compatible either. Command & Conquer for Windows 95 wouldn't work on Windows XP (the installer crashes). And I didn't get Unreal II to work on Windows 7 either.
I actually have the original C&C disks. I've tried to install C&C from them, but disks have become unreadable over the years. So I downloaded it from TPB and installed it just fine in Win7 in compat mode.
There's a good story about Windows compatibility - they've actually made a special-purpose memory allocator for Win95 to work around a bug in Sim City.