This post is to help people trying to play the classic Westwood adventure game Blade Runner. I never played it that far along despite having bought it a decade ago because at the time it required a whopping TWO MB of video memory and my computer only had 1MB of VRAM. By the time I'd gotten a better computer, I'd gotten into first-person shooters and I wasn't able to get my head around gameplay.
I searched all over and all I could find was the same lists of Vista-compatibility copied-and-pasted and they all said it worked. Uh-huh, yeah, right. Well, it turns out it DOES work, but it requires this one step a commenter posted to a blog:
you may have to press the windows keyboard button during bladerunner mid game if the screen is a mess when starting up, then clicking on the game shown on taskbarBAM!!! It worked and doesn't even require any of the compatibility mode settings to be toggled on. Start the game; if it's scrambled, press the Windows key; click on the Blade Runner taskbar icon which will switch you back into the game and it should be working; PROFIT!