This is for anyone who loves Madden 2004 and cannot get it to work on Windows 7.
I use Windows 7 Home on a Asus Crosshair IV Formula using a XFX Radeon 6950 2 GB with 16GB of ramm.
I use to play Madden 2004 all the time. Now with a new work schedule and more free time I get to play my old favorite NFL game again. Honestly, I love Madden 2004 because of ONE thing, the option to turn off the salary cap, NO OTHER MADDEN VERSION ALLOWS THIS. I tend to play coach mode most of the time but play a season or two every now and then as well. With 2004 you can create great players where you want them without dealing with the restricted cap nonsense. Creating teams is fun to, you can almost customize everything. It's a game, a single-player game for most, so why shouldn't I be allowed to do what I want? I don't make a team complete with all 99 rated players, I mix it up realistically and have fun. I don't have to play endless seasons and make trades and picks and salary decisions. It's the way it should be.
In Windows 7 all you do is install it as usual then right-click the desktop app icon and scroll to properties. Click on compatibility tab. THE ONLY THING YOU HAVE TO CHANGE IS CHECK THE 'RUN IN 256 COLORS' BOX. No need to run compatibility mode or anything else. Apply and ok.
Then when you start up game and select play it may look fuzzy and strange during loading but eventually a black box should pop up(it did for me) that allows you to choose your video card settings. On my card with this game the highest resolution I can choose is 1600x1200. I use a Asus 26" widescreen LCD set at 1920x1200 and this setting fills the screen during gameplay and looks great for a 2004 game. I had to do this box thing a few times but after that it remembers it and skips it and it just automatically goes to the play screen, then after you choose play it goes through a loading process, looks fuzzy and weird again, but starts up and plays perfect. Took me about 10 minutes after install to figure it out.There has to be more people then just me, us, who wish to play this legendary version on Windows 7 so I thought I would explain how I got it to work so others who may come here after finding this page through a search engine like I did don't have to go through the nonsense to get it to work. -freak
Do you know of a method for Windows 8? Thanks in advance...