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Note that you cannot play multi-player games over a LAN via the IPX protocol in Windows XP/Vista. The DOS edition simply can't use the new IPX protocol of Windows XP/Vista.
You can try a DOS emulator such as dosbox, but I found that setup of IPX networking was very difficult, and the game ran so slowly that it wasn't worth it. I tested this on a 2GHz machine with lots of memory, and dosbox simply couldn't keep up.
For single-player campaigns or modem based multi-player you can play it just fine. If you are having difficulties with the game starting try the following: