The Walking Dead: Season One

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The Walking Dead: Season One
The Walking Dead: Season One cover
Telltale Games
Telltale Tool
Release dates
Windows April 25, 2012
OS X April 25, 2012
The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead: Season One 2012
The Walking Dead: Season Two 2013
The Walking Dead: Season Three TBA

For the unrelated Activision game, see The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct.

General information

The Walking Dead Telltale Forum
The Walking Dead Telltale Website Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Developer website DRM: Telltale account. Includes 400 Days DLC for free.[1] Complete Season Complete Season Complete Season
GamersGate Complete Season
GameStop Complete Season Complete Season, Windows only
Green Man Gaming Complete Season
Humble Store Complete Season
Origin May not be available in some regions. Complete Season
Steam Complete Season
Uplay Complete Season

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
400 Days

Essential improvements[edit]

SLI support[edit]

By default the NVIDIA profile does not have SLI compatibility bits for the game. If you have a SLI setup on your computer and would like to improve your general performance you might want to enable SLI support.
Enable SLI support
  1. Open the game profile via NVIDIA Inspector
  2. Change SLI compatibility bits to 0x42506405[2]
  3. Change NVIDIA predefined SLI mode to SLI_PREDEFINED_MODE_FORCE_AFR2
  4. Change NVIDIA predefined number of GPUs to use on SLI rendering mode to SLI_PREDEFINED_GPU_COUNT_FOUR
  5. Apply changes.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file and save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Telltale Games\The Walking Dead
OS X ~/Library/Application Support/Telltale Games/TheWalkingDead/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game graphics settings.
In-game graphics settings.
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Flawless Widescreen or Widescreen Fixer.
Use Flawless Widescreen or Widescreen Fixer.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use GameCompanion or similar software.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Can be forced through video driver.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
There is no indicator of which antialiasing is being used.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Enabled by default; see Vertical sync (Vsync).
60 FPS
120+ FPS
No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[3]

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

-novsync (Steam)
  1. Find The Walking Dead: Season One in your Steam Library
  2. Right-click the game title
  3. Select Properties
  4. Select Set Launch Options...
  5. Input -novsync
  6. Press OK
  7. Launch the game
Force off through video driver
  1. Open the game profile from NVIDIA Control Panel or NVIDIA Inspector.
  2. Force off vertical sync.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Voice, music and sound.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio CC Notes
Fan translation, see Turkish.


A Turkish fan patch is available for the following content:

Issues fixed[edit]

"WalkingDead101.exe has stopped working" Error[edit]

Standard Steam troubleshooting[citation needed]

Standard Steam troubleshooting is required. Verify the integrity of the game cache, and run Steam and the game as an administrator.

If it's still not working, right-click the game's executable, click Properties, click the Compatibility tab, and then check the options to run in compatibility mode for Windows 98/ME.[citation needed] Also check the option to disable desktop composition.

Another solution is to check if your steam.exe is being run with Vista compatibility mode, go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steam.exe or Steam Application(or your variant path) right click the application, then click Properties, and find the Compatibility tab. Check if the application is being run with Vista compatibility, if so and it is grayed out click "Change settings for all users" and un-check "Run this program in compatibility mode for:" and click apply. Once this is done close your steam.exe and all steam related processes or restart your computer, restart Steam and launch The Walking Dead this "should" fix the issue, and fix the stuttering caused by using the advent of the Windows 98/ME fix.[citation needed] On a sidenote before trying this fix make sure your "The Walking Dead.exe" isn't running in Windows 98/ME compatibility mode. If it is, it makes this fix pointless because the actual game is still being run in that compatibility mode and will still cause stuttering.

If you start the game while the program "D3D Overrider" (v2.0.1) is running in the background, the game will possibly crash. The current solution is to close D3D Overrider while you play the game in this case.

Poor performance with AMD graphics[edit]

Turn shadows off
  • Turn the shadows off within the in-game settings.

Corrupted textures or black boxes on screen with AMD graphics[edit]

Set Anti-Aliasing to 'Application Controlled'

Caused by anti-aliasing being forced by the AMD Vision Engine Control Center. Set anti-aliasing to 'Application Controlled'.

Game will not launch in Steam[edit]

Download DLL file and/or unplug game controllers
  1. Install the latest DirectX End-User Runtimes.
  2. If problems persist, download dinput8.dll and extract into the installation folder. The game should now launch.

Unplugging game controllers may fix the problem as well.

Another possible solution (Windows 7): Make sure that Steam is not running in Vista Compatibility mode. First make sure Steam is not running. Right click Steam icon, select properties and the compatibility Tab. If "run this programme in compatibility mode" box is ticked untick it.

Press alt+enter after clicking Play in Steam.
  1. The game has an error where no videos or gameplay will begin if the resolution is incorrect (leaving you either with a black screen, or your desktop view). This also crashes dwm.exe and will not allow you to shut off walkingdead101.exe. To get the game working, button mash Alt+Enter to force the game to change into windowed mode as soon as it loads up. This should load the game and allow you to reset the resolutions in the game settings.

Steam version: Game Choices not saving between episodes or Episode showing "Coming Soon"[edit]

Copy prefs.prop
The Steam version of the game stores two copies of a file called prefs.prop on your computer in different locations, and sometimes these can get out of sync. It is highly recommended that you back up all your saves and both prefs.prop files in a completely separate location before you do this.
  1. Look at prefs.prop in both of these folders:
  2. Find the prefs.prop file with the largest size
  3. Copy this file into the other folder, overwriting the smaller one.


If copying the largest file doesn't work, go to your backups and copy the one with the latest modified date over the older one. The file you replace may be in either the user folder or the Steam folder, make sure you compare them both.
For OS X, the latest version of prefs.prop might be under any of the folders in the Pack folder under your Steam folder inside Right click it and choose Show Package Contents to access it. The user folder save location on OS X is ~/Library/Application Support/TellTale Games/The Walking Dead.

"Walking Dead crashes on intro-screen, saying 'connecting'" Error[edit]

Disable nework connection[citation needed]

Less than a fix, this is a workaround. The crash occurs on the intro page after 'click to continue' when the game displays a progress bar saying 'connecting'. Disabling your network (e.g. via explorer -> 'my network places' -> 'connections' or via the Start button -> 'control panel' -> 'network connections'), will make the game run under these circumstances but you won't have Steam achievements as all of your network is down.

___How to disable your network:___

  • Go to the mentioned 'network connections'
  • Right-click on the appropriate icon (must be blue = active) and pick 'deactivate'. Remember this icon's name.
  • The icon will be greyed out
  • Start game

After you have stopped playing you want to right-click and ACTIVATE your network connection again.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz Pentium 4 or equivalent Core 2 Duo 2 GHz or equivalent
System memory (RAM) 3 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI
512 MB of VRAM
1024 MB of VRAM
Intel integrated graphics not recommended
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.6
Processor (CPU) 2.3 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI
512 MB of VRAM
1024 MB of VRAM
Intel integrated graphics, Mac Minis or early-generation MacBooks not recommended.


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