The Witcher

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The Witcher
The Witcher cover
CD Projekt Red
OS X Virtual Programming
CD Projekt
Release dates
Windows October 26, 2007
OS X April 5, 2012
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

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

General information

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


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail DRM: TAGES SolidShield. DRM removed in the latest Patches.
Games Republic Provides higher quality bonus goodies than other storefronts.[1]
Humble Store
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]

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]

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

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
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

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphical settings.
Graphical settings.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.

Audio settings[edit]

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


Language UI Audio CC Notes
Traditional Chinese

Issues fixed[edit]

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

Crash at launch[edit]

Steam Beta clients after May 29 seem to cause the game to crash.
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
Refer to "Fixes to Common Problems" for other solutions.

Minimum System Requirements Not Met[edit]

Disable System Requirements Check[4]
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 optional step or the registry edit solution below this one.
  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.
  4. (Optional) Download TexSettings.d2a and move the file to <path-to-game>\Data\Override. If the Override folder does not exist then create the folder first and then move the file to that folder.
Disable DirectDraw Emulation Mode[5]
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.
  6. When you do not plan on playing the game for a while, edit the registry entry back to 1 as it may interfere with games using DirectDraw heavily, such as older 2D games.

No mouse in main menu[edit]

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]

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]

On some systems rendered cut-scenes don't display correctly. Audio will still play, but what was on the screen previously will be displayed.
Change lighting setting
  1. Go to Advanced Settings.
  2. Set Lighting to low. Cut-scenes will now display correctly.
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]

On some systems with SLI enabled, light sources are sometimes visible through walls.
Change SLI rendering mode
  1. In the nVidia control panel go to "Manage 3D settings."
  2. Hit the tab "Program settings" and add <path-to-game>\system\witcher.exe
  3. Scroll down through the settings to the one called "Multi-GPU 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
AMD Athlon 64 2800+
Intel Pentium 4 3.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 3000+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 15 GB
Video card (GPU) nVidia GeForce 6600
ATI Radeon 9800
nVidia GeForce 7800 GTX
ATI Radeon X1950 XT
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
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


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