here is my experience with the Adler Lake i7-12700 Windows10 (PC1)!
After upgrading to the CPU i7-12700, Links2003 stopped working.
Tried all options in the compatibility mods, no success,
Reinstalled links, tried compatibility mods, installed Voodoo, no success.
Out of desperation I built a second PC (PC2), i4-4790K Windows10 out of the old computer parts.
Both PCs have the same software, Links2003 runs on PC2 with the Voodoo patch.
Then I reinstalled the system on the new PC (PC1), Win10, nvidia drivers, etc. were now installed
PC1 and PC2 exactly the same. Reinstalled links, tried compatibility mods, installed Voodoo, no success.
I checked the registry and since I couldn't start Links2003 on PC1, many entries were missing.
I copied the registry from PC2 and imported it into PC1. The other data (stats, save, etc.)
were copied to the known places, no success.
I also have the whole game, simply copy PC2 and transfer it to PC1, doesn't work for me either.
I disabled the CPU E-Cores in the bios, that didn't help either.
My error messages when starting, mostly none at all - black screen, sometimes it goes a bit further
and then crashes when showing the GPU map or Voodoo2 display. I've never gotten into the game.
Perhaps john_iv could explain here exactly what he did, Links2003 with one
i7-12700k with Win10 and Win11 to run.
Small excerpt from John from page 2:
As a data point for Links 2K3 on new hardware;
I just built a desktop i7-12700K Alderlake with Windows 11 x64 and Links 2003 and it plays fine.
I'm not reinstalling Links 2003. I copy my existing files to the appropriate locations
and then import the Links 2003 registry key into regedit as well.
I make sure I keep my main links directory including any courses I take outside of
\program files in c:\games\links 2003 keep, saved. By not installing in \program files,
avoid a variety of user access protection measures from the newer MSFT operating systems.
There is a hidden data store as you mentioned in c:\programdata\links 2003,
which you also need to secure (after choosing to show hidden items)
and restore to that location on a new box. (this has course data, pug, news, player directories).
You also need to get the Links 2003 folder in your \user\x\Documents folder. This has your career
recorded players, saved games and saved shots.
Once these three file directories are in the appropriate areas,
you can export this key from the registry from a working computer:
Actually, I've done all that, unfortunately without success.
Here are a few more error messages, if any come up, depending on the compatibility of the mods.