The Witcher

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The Witcher
Witcher, The - cover.jpg
Release dates
October 26, 2007
April 5, 2012
The Witcher at WineHQ
The Witcher at Steam Charts
The Witcher at SteamDB
 The Witcher at Wikipedia
The Witcher
The Witcher 2007
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings 2011
The Witcher Adventure Game 2014
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2015

Key points

Advantage Owning any version, including retail, entitles you to a DRM-free copy on; see Witcher Backup.

General information

More information Official Website - contains download links and basic information about the patches
More information Official Forums
More information Official Witcher Wiki
More information Community Discussions
More information Support Page
More information Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys
Retail DRM-free DRM: TAGES SolidShield. DRM removed in the latest Patches. Availability Table Icons - GOGcom.svg
GamersGate DRM-free DRM-free
Humble Store Availability Table Icons - GOGcom.svg
Origin DRM-free Windows only.
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Availability Table Icons - GOGcom.svg
Advantage All versions can be registered on even if a product key was not included; see Witcher Backup for details.

Essential improvements[edit]


There are two patches available for download on the official page:

  • Patch 1.4 will upgrade the Original Edition of the game to the Enhanced Edition.
  • Patch 1.5 will remove the DRM and correct bugs introduced by 1.4. It also contains five community-made adventures.


Walking in OTS view[edit]

Fix Walking in OTS view

There is originally no way to walk (as opposed to run) in the OTS (over the shoulder) camera view. A small mod addressing this is available here. The archive it comes in contains installation instructions.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\cd projekt red\witcher\settings

Save game data location[edit]

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\The Witcher\saves\
OS X ~/Library/Application Support/com.cdprojektred.TheWitcher/GameDocuments/The Witcher/saves/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Impossible
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Graphical settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Silver.svg
Multi-monitor Native WSGF MM Silver.svg
Field of view (FOV) Impossible
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Impossible
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native
Vertical sync (Vsync) Hackable See Force Vsync.
High frame rate Native No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[1]

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Impossible
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native
Controller support Impossible

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
General settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native Music, battle music, SFX and voice.
Surround sound Native
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native
EAX support Native [2]


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Native
Simplified Chinese Native Impossible Native
Czech Native Native Native
French Native Native Native
German Native Native Native
Hungarian Native Native Native
Italian Native Native Native
Polish Native Native Native
Russian Native Native Native
Spanish Native Native Native

Issues fixed[edit]

More information "Fixes to Common Problems" - A comprehensive list of known issues and potential fixes

Crash at launch[edit]

Information Steam Beta clients after May 29 seem to cause the game to crash.

Fix Opt out from Steam Beta client

  1. Open Steam settings and select "Account" tab
  2. In "Beta participation" click "Change..." and select "NONE"
  3. Steam should ask you to restart and start to download stable version of the client
Information Having Xfire In-Game enabled causes the game to crash on launch.

Fix Disable Xfire In-Game

  1. In Xfire client go to "Tools" and click on "Options..."
  2. Go to "Games" tab"
  3. Select Witcher from installed games and check the box "Disable Xfire In-Game"
Information Refer to "Fixes to Common Problems" for other solutions.

Minimum System Requirements Not Met[edit]

Fix Disable System Requirements Check[3]

Information This fix is know to cause other issues. You might be unable to change the game's resolution above a certain limit, and the texture quality and antialiasing settings might be locked to "Low." To avoid this, try the fix below.
  1. Create a shortcut to witcher.exe (the game itself, NOT the game's launcher).
  2. Right-click the shortcut and choose Properties.
  3. Add -dontforceminreqs to the end of the Target.

Fix Disable DirectDraw Emulation Mode[4]

Information This fix is best applied by an experienced user. Incorrect registry edits can seriously disable your PC! Proceed at your own risk.
  1. Open up regedit (type the name into the Start Menu's search bar and press Enter)
  2. Export a backup of your registry, just in case.
  3. Nagivate to the following location:
  4. You should see the key EmulationOnly set to 1. Double click the key and change its value to 0.
  5. Close the registry editor, reboot your computer, and retry the game.

No mouse in main menu[edit]

Fix Press shift

Sometimes, if you skip the intro cinematic, the mouse is gone on the main menu. This can be fixed by pressing the key that releases the mouse in OTS view(shift by default)

Frequent game crashes[edit]

Fix Set the game to run in windowed mode

If the game is frequently crashing back to the desktop, running in windowed mode should solve this. A program such as Windowed Borderless Gaming will enable you to still run the game in full screen while in this mode.

Rendered cut-scenes don't display[edit]

Information On some systems rendered cut-scenes don't display correctly. Audio will still play, but what was on the screen previously will be displayed.

Fix Change lighting setting

  1. Go to Advanced Settings.
  2. Set Lighting to low. Cut-scenes will now display correctly.
Information You can change the lighting setting back afterwards but it will need to be repeated for the next cut-scene.

Lights visible through walls[edit]

Information On some systems with SLI enabled, light sources are sometimes visible through walls.

Fix Change SLI rendering mode

  1. In the nVidia control panel go to "Manage 3D settings."
  2. Hit the tab "Program settings" and add the witcher.exe file usually located in \Steam\steamapps\common\the witcher enhanced edition\System
  3. Scroll down through the settings to the one called "SLI rendering mode" and change it to Force Alternate frame rendering 2.
  4. Click Apply.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 2800+ Intel Pentium 4 3.0 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 3000+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
15 GB
Video card (GPU) nVidia GeForce 6600
Radeon 9800
nVidia GeForce 7800GTX
ATI Radeon X1950 XT
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core i5 or Core i7
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
10.5 GB
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA GeForce 320M
AMD Radeon HD 6750M
Intel HD Graphics 3000
256 MB of VRAM
NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX
AMD Radeon X1950 XT
512 MB of VRAM


  1. New 120Hz Games Report
  2. EAX DOES Work with Alchemy - Steam Users' Forums
  3. Fixes to Common Problems at
  4. FIX: Minimum Requirements Not Met on Win7 x64 at