Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire

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Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire cover
Disney Interactive Studios
Release dates
Windows September 17, 1997
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire at Wikipedia
Star Wars
Series: Star Wars: X-Wing 1993
Series: Star Wars: Rebel Assault 1993
Series: Star Wars: Jedi Knight 1995
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire 1997
Star Wars: Yoda Stories 1997
Star Wars: Rebellion 1998
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D 1998
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 1999
Star Wars: Episode I – Racer 1999
Star Wars: Force Commander 2000
Star Wars: Episode I – Battle for Naboo 2001
Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds 2001
Star Wars: Starfighter 2001
Star Wars Galaxies 2003
Series: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2003
Series: Star Wars: Battlefront 2004
Series: Lego Star Wars 2005
Star Wars: Republic Commando 2005
Star Wars: Empire at War 2006
Series: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2009
Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Republic Heroes 2009
Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine 2016
Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay 2017

Key points

Modern systems need workarounds for some compatibility problems; see installing on modern versions of Windows.
Playing with a joystick is recommended

General information Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
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Uses external launcher compatible with modern systems.

Essential improvements[edit]


1.1 Update is the latest patch. It enhances performance and provides support for more graphics cards.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\LucasArts Entertainment Company\Shadows of the Empire

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows Path can be selected in the launcher. Save files are *.soe

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

External Launcher settings
External Launcher settings
GOG Launcher settings
GOG Launcher settings
Ingame settings
Ingame settings
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Resolutions higher than 1280x960 will result in cutscenes playing in upper left corner of the screen
4K Ultra HD
Minor cutscene rendering issues. Starfield rendered at 640x480.
Field of view (FOV)
Fixed FOV (widescreen resolutions are Vert-).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Can be forced in graphics card Control Panel
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Can be forced in graphics card Control Panel
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Always on
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Game speed tied to framerate

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Certain keys and mouse buttons cannot be unbound
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Unusual controls; mouse acts like joystick in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
External mouse-only launchers used.
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Audio Settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and Sound Effects
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues unresolved[edit]

Background music[edit]

The background music will not play on Windows Vista and later. The game reads the audio from the CD in audio-CD format in some fashion that is incompatible with more recent versions of Windows.
Fix Background Music[citation needed]

You can get the background music to work by converting it into .ogg format, using files found on this site: Diary of a Punk Rock Hacker: Cross-Platform Classic Game Hacking - this solution should work both in Windows and Wine, according to the programmer.

If the download is unavailable, you can try to get it from one of these locations:




Issue fixed in digital re-releases.

Issues fixed[edit]

Installing on modern versions of Windows[edit]

Make necessary changes[1]
  1. Copy the CD contents to a folder somewhere.
  2. Download the InstallShield 3 32-bit Generic Installer.
  3. Extract to the INSTALL folder.
  4. Run setup32.exe and follow the steps. The CD folder can now be deleted.
  5. Run the game and exit it.
  6. Run SOTE.exe in the installation folder.
  7. Uncheck CD Audio, Direct Movie and Enable Fog and click OK.
  8. Create a new player and run the game normally.
  9. You might need to set SHADOWS.EXE to Windows 95 compatibility mode.

Game Runs too fast[edit]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 5
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 90 MHz Intel Pentium 133 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 40 MB 402 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 5 compatible