Microsoft Windows is a popular family of operating systems.
- 1 General
- 2 Issues fixed
- 2.1 Older Games Missing .dll File on Windows Vista and later
- 2.2 Older games refuse to start on Windows 8 and later
- 2.3 Updating DirectX
- 2.4 Force CPU affinity
- 2.5 4-Gigabyte Tuning
- 2.6 Codec hell
- 2.7 Missing codecs
- 2.8 Game files missing after upgrading or refreshing Windows
- 2.9 Non-unicode applications
- 3 References
The Command Prompt is the command-line interpreter provided by Microsoft for Windows systems and is the not-as-powerful equivalent of the shell in Linux and Mac OS. It can be accessed by going to 'run' and typing 'cmd.exe' or by running a 'Batch file'.
The Task Manager is an application built into Windows that allows for the managing running processes as-well as providing information about computer performance. It can be accessed by pressing 'Ctrl + Alt + Delete' and choosing 'Task Manager' or you can press 'Ctrl + Shift + Esc' to open it directly.
The Device Manager is an application built into Windows that allows for the management of device drivers. It can be accessed from the Control Panel.
The Registry Editor allows users to edit the Windows registry. It can be accessed by going to 'run' and typing 'Regedit.exe'.
Blue Screen of Death (BSOD)
A Blue Screen of Death (a.k.a BSOD or Bluescreen) is an error screen that Windows produces when it encounters an error that it cannot recover from.
DirectX is a collection of APIs for Windows that allows programs to interact directly with hardware.
The .NET Framework is a software framework for Windows that is required for games built in .NET-aware languages (such as C# or Visual Basic), including those that use XNA. Different games may require different versions of .NET Framework. A list with download links to all versions may be found on Microsoft's website. Windows 8 users may want to read this
DLL stands for "Dynamic Link Library". DLL files (.dll) are Windows exclusive library files containing code and data that can be used over several applications.
While they can save time for developers, these files can cause problems for the end-user (commonly referred to as "DLL Hell").
Older Games Missing .dll File on Windows Vista and later
- Some .dll files have different names on Windows Vista and later.
Copy DLL to folder
Older games refuse to start on Windows 8 and later
To obtain the latest DirectX, install the DirectX End-User Runtimes. It is worth noting that DirectX optional components are not automatically updated by Windows Update. Although certain games come with the required DLLs, others ship with large DirectX redistributable packages, which often contain files unnecessary for the game, and take a long time to install. Periodically running the Web Installer will keep your optional components up to date, allowing you to skip installing the DirectX redistributable packages.
Force CPU affinity
Provisional solution: Task manager
Permanent solution: customized shortcut
Permanent solution: flag game executable
Windows NT 4.0 Server Enterprise Edition and 2000 Advanced Server: edit boot configuration file
Windows XP Professional and 2003 Server (x86 only): edit boot configuration file
Windows Vista and later (x86 only): edit boot configuration database
Force IMAGE_FILE_LARGE_ADDRESS_AWARE flag in executables
Reset DirectShow filters
Game files missing after upgrading or refreshing Windows
- Upgrading or refreshing your Windows installation will move some files and folders to a
Windows.oldfolder on the system drive.
Retrieve files from windows.old
- This is most commonly issue with Japanese games and visual novels. Games may work directly, but usually there may be scrambled text, bugs, game won't start or refuses to even install.
- Easiest way to fix issues is to set Windows non-unicode language to language game origins from, but in some scenarios it may introduce unwanted changes in other programs, especially if OS language is other than English. This includes some basic characters being incorrectly replaced, programs defaulting to set non-unicode language and other programs suddenly not being able to launch or crash.
- AppLocale runs the application with same effect without effecting system.
Use Microsoft AppLocale
Change non-unicode language
- How to Set the /3GB Startup Switch in Windows - TechNet
- /3GB (Windows Drivers) - Microsoft Developer Network
- BCDEdit /set (Windows Drivers) - Microsoft Developer Network
- Tomb Raider 6 Modding Thread - www.tombraiderforums.com
- Retrieve files from the Windows.old folder - Microsoft Windows Help
- Change the system locale - Windows Help