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I have a video poker/video blackjack disk, cdrs891, that won't work on my vista home program. I have never loaded it on to any computer. How do I get one that works? John Poole, jpoole2106@aol.com

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Try using the program compatability wizard located by clicking START-PROGRAMS -ACCESSORIES

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