If it was working on Windows 7 it will work in Windows 8. Try right click on executable > Properties > Compatibility mode and select earlier version and try.
The other issue in some cases is DEP restriction, the game can be configured in the system settings as exception for DEP. This is enhanced security mode, which is enabled by default causing issues with some applications.
All in all it is a great OS and much improvements over Windows 7. Pick up some mouse, keyboard tricks and you will be more productive.
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