Resident Evil

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Resident Evil
Resident Evil cover
Developers
Capcom
Release dates
Windows September 17, 1997
Resident Evil guide at StrategyWiki
Resident Evil at Wikipedia
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Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD Edition 2014
Resident Evil HD Remaster 2015
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Resident Evil 2 Remake TBA

This page is for the original game. For the remake, see Resident Evil HD Remaster.

Key points

Poor compatibility with modern systems.

General information

Resident Evil Wiki

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM details are not known
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Resident Evil Configuration Tool[edit]

A fan-made config tool that facilitates video settings management and allows keyboard and joystick keys/buttons to be remapped.

Peixoto's patch[edit]

Fixes the "Failed to initialize the Graphic Hardware Device.(3) error", forces the game to run at the correct speed, in HD and 32 bit color depth, and adds full compatibility with XInput controllers, among other things.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows

Video settings[edit]

Launcher options menu.
Launcher options menu.
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Forcing anisotropic filtering through your GPU driver has no effect in this game because of its 2D backgrounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Do not force anti-aliasing, it will create some long black line artifacts. Only tested with MSAA so far.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
30 fps cap.
120+ FPS
Color blind mode

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Japanese

Issues fixed[edit]

"Failed to initialize the Graphic Hardware Device.(3)" error[edit]

Use Peixoto's patch[citation needed]

"The game would only be able to run only when Windows95" error[edit]

Enable the following compatibility settings for the CHECKER.EXE, LAUNCH.EXE, RESIDENTEVIL.EXE, and SETUP.EXE files: Compatibility mode (Windows 95)[citation needed]

Installing the game[edit]

During installation, the installer goes fullscreen like many 90's era installers did. An error message sometimes appears behind the fullscreen installer background. The error itself isn't a problem, but clicking 'OK' requires using Alt+Tab or Ctrl+Alt+Del (and enter Task Manager) to be able to see said error. This might take a few tries since it's such a wonky process.
This game is from an era where PC games asked what graphics card you had, and the list is very small and outdated. Pick the card that looks and runs best on your machine.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 3.0a
Software renderer
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 90 MHz Intel Pentium 133 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 5 MB 400 MB
Video card (GPU) 4 MB of VRAM
DirectX 3a compatible

References