I have an old CD copy of Rome Total War and trying to run it on my Windows 10 laptop. It installs fine but doesn't run. I tried creating the preferences folder where i installed the game and added the text to it from herehttps://forums.totalwar.com/discussion/160589/issues-when-trying-to-launch-rome-total-war-on-windows-10-workaround-provided#latest
I tried running in compatibility mode as adminstrator and in Windows XP Service Pack 2. Didn't work.