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According to the requirements stated on the GOG page of IG2, the game ought to run on an XP PC with 2 GHz, 2GB RAM and an Intel 965 card. But it doesn't - "ig2.exe is not a valid 32bit application."

An explanation might be that IG2 also requires OpenGL2.0 support - as stated on the Steam page of IG2.

Has someone else made similar experiences, or, more importantly, an idea how to solve the problem (other than telling me to use a different OS or graphics card)?

I still have the original 4CD version of IG2, which does work on said PC. It looks like IG2 was tweaked to run on modern PC's, but sacrificing backward compatibility. How about offering the original version of IG2 (talking about "good OLD games"), too?
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Greywolf1: According to the requirements stated on the GOG page of IG2, the game ought to run on an XP PC with 2 GHz, 2GB RAM and an Intel 965 card. But it doesn't - "ig2.exe is not a valid 32bit application."

An explanation might be that IG2 also requires OpenGL2.0 support - as stated on the Steam page of IG2.

Has someone else made similar experiences, or, more importantly, an idea how to solve the problem (other than telling me to use a different OS or graphics card)?

I still have the original 4CD version of IG2, which does work on said PC. It looks like IG2 was tweaked to run on modern PC's, but sacrificing backward compatibility. How about offering the original version of IG2 (talking about "good OLD games"), too?
Yes, I have had the same error last night when I finally decided to try IG2. I have WinXP with 2GHz, 4Gb RAM and NVidida GT 730 on board.

I'm not a big knower about OpenGL things but I did notice steamapi.dll in IG2 game folder. It seems very strange.
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Greywolf1: It looks like IG2 was tweaked to run on modern PC's, but sacrificing backward compatibility. How about offering the original version of IG2 (talking about "good OLD games"), too?
https://www.gog.com/forum/general/gog_installers_and_win_xp/post12
Post edited April 02, 2018 by Nyktouros
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Greywolf1: It looks like IG2 was tweaked to run on modern PC's, but sacrificing backward compatibility. How about offering the original version of IG2 (talking about "good OLD games"), too?
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Nyktouros: https://www.gog.com/forum/general/gog_installers_and_win_xp/post12
Thanks. It's perfectly legitimate not to support XP anymore, in my mind. But it's not ok (to avoid stronger words) to list XP as a requirement (see IG2's GOG product page) when the game isn't compatible with XP.
It would only be fair to offer the old XP compatible version of IG2 to customers who spent money for IG2 in good faith it would be XP compatible as announced on the product page.
Well, it's GOG's decision. But it's my decision which game portal I use ...
It is possible to get around the first problem ("ig2.exe is not a valid 32bit application") by hex-editing the IG2.exe executable (specifically changing the OS requirement flags) but that just results in a second error "The procedure entry point SetProcessDPIAware could not be located in the dynamic link library USER32.DLL".

So this requires work from the developer to fix this - I've raised a ticket with GOG support but aren't expecting much.