After a extended *cough* incredibly long *cough* absence I have been seized by the desire to once again play the games. Unfortunately I have run into a problem. On May 4th, SW games were on sale for ridiculously low prices so I picked up all the ones I currently own on disc because I'm soon to be without a cd drive as my new case will not include a 5.25 bay and I really don't want to get an external drive just for some old games. I haven't tested them all, but the two most important ones, KOTOR 1 and 2 unfortunately do not start. I click play and a process shows up in the background, note I said background and not main, processes in the task manager with no memory being used, it just sits there doing absolutely nothing. I've tried reinstalling, applying compatibility, etc.
Now here is the kicker: I eventually got around to removing the steam versions and reinstalling my retail disc versions and voila, they work with no issues. Now I'm pretty stumped. I figure that ok I might be able to work with this by making iso files from the discs and mount them to a pseudo drive. Haven't fully tested it yet but I think it might work. But I ran into another problem, primarily with TSL. No widescreen support in the patched version, unlike KOTOR 1 with uniws. Now those of you with long memories will recall a thread I made back on lucasforums that explained a workaround using the Squizzy Resolution Patcher and a certain altered exe file that shall remain unexplained to get widescreen to work in patched TSL. Now hypothetically applying this fix has resulted in similar issues cropping up as with the steam version. E.g. not running except for background process. On a lark, again hypothetically, I wondered if the same thing would happen again if I used a similarly altered exe file on KOTOR 1 and lo and behold, the same thing happens. Not running, background process, etc.
Now understand I am in no way at all asking about how to resolve this issue with the unmentionable executable files, that again will remain unexplained, I am asking how to fix the Steam versions. Its just I find it curious that I can create the same issue I am having with the Steam versions, using the altered files and I wonder if this and my issues with the Steam versions are linked. I once again state, that I am asking for help with the Steam versions and any hypothetical use of the unmentionable files were purely for troubleshooting purposes. With all that explained I ask do any of you have any ideas to solve my issue?
EDIT: My Specs (all that I can think of)
OS: Windows 10 Home x64 (fully updated with both major updates)
Mobo: MSI Enthusiast Z270 Gaming M7
Processor: Intel i7-7700k
Memory: G.skill Ripjaws 16GB ddr4 Memory
Graphics Card(s): 2x MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G (SLI)
Storage: Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB, ST200DM001-1CH164 1TB HDD
Display: (Primary) ASUS VG248QE 24" @ 1920x1080 144Hz, (Secondary and Tertiary) Dell 1708FP @ 1280x1024 60Hz