Introduction: How to Check If a Game Will Run on Your Computer Before You Buy the Game.

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I recently acquired Call of Duty 4 from a friend (for free I might add) because wouldn't run on his computer. Well, his computer is fairly new, and it baffled me why it wouldn't run. So after a couple hours of searching the internet, I came across this website. When you select the game from the drop down menu and click the "Can you run it?" button, it will review your computer's specs. and list rather the game is compatible with your computer or not. It will show the recommended specs. and the minimum specs. to run that specific game. And if the game isn't compatible, it will show what components you need to upgrade to run the game.

Step 1: Visit the Website

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First you need to visit this site, see the left side that says
"Find out if you can run that game on your PC"? click the button underneath it that says "Can YOU run it?"

Step 2: Test Your Computer

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Now to test your computer for compatibility. From the drop-down list, select the game that you wish to run. After you selected your game, click the "Can you RUN it" button. This will take you to a new page.

Step 3: Analyzing Data and Results

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This next page will analyze the data, if you are a Windows Vista user then UAC(User Account Control) will pop up and ask for permission, click yes as this is not harmful. Now your results will appear...It appears that I failed...:(

Step 4: Finish

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Well now you know how to check to see if you can run your game without having to drive all the way to the Local Generic Superstore near you, buy the game, wait 45 minutes to install it, find out that it won't run, and then run back to the store to return it. So I hope that I helped, and saved you the hassle of the return.


RagingP (author)2015-06-06

Hi, i 've got a questio... PLEASE respond. So, if I am designing a new computer and I haven't got the parts yet, is there a way I can check how the game would run on it?

Hoboman (author)RagingP2015-06-09

Hi there, RagingP.

To my knowledge there isn't any automated way to check how the game would run since you don't have the PC to run the analysis on, but I suggest you do the following to get a good generalization.

1.) Find out the game requirements.

These are usually on the back of the game's packaging, or you can use Can You RUN It and select the game, then choose "View Requirements" to pull up a spec list.

2.) Compare the requirements to your PC.

You're going to want to take a look at the minimum or recommended specs to run the game and compare it with the components you are using you build your new PC (EX. compare the recommended RAM with how much you're PC will have. If it reccomends you have 4GB of RAM and you're PC has 4GB or greater, then you should be set in that category!)

3.) Check off each section as you go

Go down the list for things like CPU Speed, Video Card, etc and keep comparing your components. If your parts are equal or better to the recommended ones, then there's a fairly high chance that your computer will run the game well.

By completing these steps, you'll have a good idea if your computer can handle the games you wish to play on it. Do take note that this method, nor the website, will give you a definitive answer or guarentee that your game will run perfectly or smoothly as each computer may preform differently. Please only use this technique as a guide.

And as always you can check other places online such as message boards to see and compare your rig to others and see how the game preforms on those ones, but this should give you a good starting point. Good luck and may your building endeavors fare well!

ragamv (author)2014-08-26

Can You Run It is a site which cannot be trusted as it said watch dogs will not work on my pc but it worked.

rsingh22 (author)2011-10-06

i dont trust can you run it because it said i cant run call of duty modern warfare 2 and i bought the game anyway and it works perfectly

Bragon28 (author)2010-04-16

Yay call of duty modern warfare 2 and call of duty world at war will work on my computer

Bragon28 (author)Bragon282010-04-16


bounty1012 (author)2009-09-17

Lol, dont feel sad, my pc wont run the recommended for Modern warfare either xD

plzhelp (author)2009-07-17

Thanks heaps! If only I knew this before I bought Call of Duty World at War and didn't get my money back because I lost the reciept!

Dan1 (author)2008-07-07

A computer that's over the recommended specs for Crysis must be $5000+.

awang8 (author)Dan12009-02-12

No, actually you can get one for $1500, provided you shop around for the parts and assemble it yourself.

Hoboman (author)awang82009-02-12

built mine runs it great, built it for around 500-600 thats about mid-minimum-recommended

punkatsub (author)2008-09-04

You know you could just overclock your computer, but of course that would degrade your computer's health, well if you put the game on to low quality then changed it back, to the original state.

Fizzxwizz (author)2008-08-05

How long is it supposed to take to download? Because I've waited about 5 minutes and it's still on the first bar! I'm using FireFox and I also have the pop-up blocker disabled like it says so why isnt it working?

Hoboman (author)Fizzxwizz2008-08-05

That sometimes happens to me, I usually refresh my page and it works fine.

Fizzxwizz (author)Hoboman2008-08-05

it =still= doesn't work! Any suggestions?

Hoboman (author)Fizzxwizz2008-08-05

It works on Windows 98, 98SE, ME, 2000, XP, 2003, Media Center, and Vista. Are you running one of those OSes? You will also need to give your permission to download the secure ActiveX/Java browser component. Did you give your permission? .

Fizzxwizz (author)Hoboman2008-08-06

1. I'm using XP 2. It doesnt ask me for permission.

Hoboman (author)Fizzxwizz2008-08-06

#2 is maybe your problem

Fizzxwizz (author)Hoboman2008-08-06

How do I fix it?

Hoboman (author)Fizzxwizz2008-08-06

hmmm, try it with IE

Hoboman (author)Hoboman2008-08-06

If that doesn't work, stay in Internet Explorer. Go to the Tools menu, click Internet Options. On the Advanced tab, scroll down to the Security section of the list. Select the "Allow active content to run in files on My Computer" check box, and then click OK. Restart IE and try it again. (After it works/fails, un-check that box, as it lowers security on IE.) If that doesn't work, I'm sorry my friend, I just cannot help. :(

Fizzxwizz (author)Hoboman2008-08-07

It worked on IE :D I fail!

Hoboman (author)Fizzxwizz2008-08-07

AH! There we go, I knew we'd find a solution!

theatre_tech_guru (author)2008-08-01

heres a sad fact that in the state of California you cannot return an opened computer game

Fizzxwizz (author)2008-07-27

I can run COD4 on my computer and its like 6 years old lol.(i think) It Has a floppy drive. BUT I have a good graphics card.

Hoboman (author)Fizzxwizz2008-07-27

I see, I think that the graphics card is the most important.

Rockerx (author)2008-07-08

Thanks for your help. I've been kinda confused on how it all works, but now I know! Thanks again!

Rockerx (author)2008-07-08

Ok, Thanks! I was also wondering, I read somewhere that when you put in RAM and have two slots for it in your computer, that the two RAM's have to have the same amount of space. Is this true or can you have one slot with 128mb and the other with 512mb?

Dan1 (author)2008-07-07

Does anyone have one of the Nvidia Geforce 9800 GX2 1GB GDDR3 PCI EXPRESS?

Rockerx (author)2008-07-07

I've found the specifications online here(I have the celron D processor) but thanks for offering. i do need to find a place to buy it however . do you have any recommendations for that?

Rockerx (author)2008-07-07

thats like with me.our computers....ok. its from 2004 with windows xp but it has a great graphics card. the one thing i need to get is more RAM. it only has 256mb. which is making it slow at running some games like sims 2. should i upgrade or buy a new computer. what do you think?

Hoboman (author)Rockerx2008-07-07

save up your pennies...AND DONT DRIVE.....gas consumes $$$

Rockerx (author)Hoboman2008-07-07

yeah really. last time i checked it was up to almost $4 a gallon!!!

Rockerx (author)2008-07-07

thats what i was thinking but the computers is over almost all of the requirements for new games except for RAM so...ill just see if i can get a cheap couple of cards that'll work and test it out .though i would like a new computer but thats up to my parents. oh well i guess ill see what happens!

Rockerx (author)2008-07-03

yaa! I can run half-life 2 i was worried i couldnt because i already bought it. But the only thing i dont like a bout this site is that they dont have garrys mod 10 on the list. oh well ill just have to try it and see. Thanks!

Hoboman (author)Rockerx2008-07-03

Well, its still good to see u can run half-life. I'm not familiar with "garrys mod 10," is that a game, or is it a mod for half-life 2?

Rockerx (author)Hoboman2008-07-03

mod. you can take almost everything from half life 2 and use it like in a physics sandbox it looks pretty fun

Hoboman (author)Rockerx2008-07-03

thats cool. I'm gonna have to look into that.

Rockerx (author)Hoboman2008-07-03

heres a video on some stuff in it

Hoboman (author)Rockerx2008-07-04

k, thanks

thematthatter (author)2008-07-03

Dang, i checked to see if I could run CoD 4 and i cant. It said politely that my computer was a piece of crap. I also checked to see if i could run Americas Army before I downloaded it and my computer is still too slow.

Hoboman (author)thematthatter2008-07-04

There's something about Cod4, it will only play on like BRAND NEW computers. And i don;t have 1400 bucks to shell out to play a game. You know what i mean.

dsman195276 (author)2008-07-03

hmm, at first i though it was spam for a program but this is good. 4/5.

xrobevansx (author)dsman1952762008-07-03

At first I thought this was spam, and then I realized it was spam. With directions.

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