Colin McRae Rally 3

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Colin McRae Rally 3
Colin McRae Rally 3 cover
Release dates
Windows June 13, 2003
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General information

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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM 4 DRM disc check
No longer available due to licensing reasons.[1]
Demo is available

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Codemasters\Colin McRae Rally 3\[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\CMR3[Note 2]

Video settings[edit]

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Set in registry[2]
  1. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Codemasters\Colin McRae Rally 3
  2. Change the Height and Width values in Decimal mode.
Widescreen fix (32-bit)[3]
  1. Download and install Cheat Engine.
  2. Run the game and minimize it.
  3. Run Cheat Engine and open the Rally3_PC.exe process.
  4. Change "Value type" to "String" and type 640x480x32.
  5. Click on "First Scan".
  6. Click on the result and press Ctrl+B.
  7. Replace the 80020000E001 value with:
    • 00050000D002 for 1280x720
    • 000500000003 for 1280x768
    • 000500002003 for 1280x800
    • 000500000004 for 1280x1024
    • 560500000003 for 1366x768
    • A00500008403 for 1440x900
    • 400600008403 for 1600x900
    • 400600000004 for 1600x1024
    • 900600001A04 for 1680x1050
    • 800700003804 for 1920x1080
    • 80070000B004 for 1920x1200
    • More values available here
  8. Go back to the game and set 640x480x32 resolution.


When you run the game next time, the resolution will remain but the color depth will be set back to 16-bit, so you'll have to do this process after every launch if you want to play this game at 32-bit color depth.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, SFX and Copilot can be changed separately
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Local retail version only.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 750 MHz
AMD Athlon 750 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3.5 GB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9 Compatible


  1. When running this game without Administrator elevation, 32-bit programs writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\VirtualStore\MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node (more details).
  2. When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).


  1. Verified by User:Mars icecream on 2016-11-25
    Email received from Codemasters customer service.
  2. Colin McRae Rally 3 | WSGF
  3. Colin McRae Rally 3 - 32-bit Widescreen Tutorial - YouTube - last accessed on 2017-03-20