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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six

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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six cover
Red Storm Entertainment
Mac OS (Classic) Varcon Systems
Mac OS MacSoft
Release dates
Windows August 21, 1998
Mac OS (Classic) December 8, 1999
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six guide at StrategyWiki
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six at Wikipedia
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 1998
Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear 1999
Rainbow Six: Covert Operations Essentials 2000
Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear: Black Thorn 2001
Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield 2003
Rainbow Six: Lockdown 2005
Rainbow Six: Vegas 2006
Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 2008
Rainbow Six Siege 2015

Key points

The official online multiplayer service is no longer available[1]
Poor compatibility with modern systems
Cannot use Alt+Tab while in-game

General information

Rainbow Six Wiki
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM details are not known
SafeDisc v1.00.026 DRM[Note 1]
Mac OS
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Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Mission Pack: Eagle Watch

Essential improvements[edit]


Patch 1.04 is the latest patch available for the game].

Skip intro videos[edit]

The executable DevicePicker.exe can be run to skip intro videos.

Files can also be deleted manually by emptying the folder:


Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Red Storm Entertainment\Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six\
Mac OS (Classic)
Key bindings are stored in the sherman.kmp file (located at <path-to-game>)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\data\save
Mac OS (Classic)

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy

Video settings[edit]

External options menu.
External options menu.
In-game options menu.
In-game options menu.
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Software renderer for Eagle Watch renders fully opaque windows that enemies can see through.


  1. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Red Storm Entertainment\Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six
  2. Change the FullScreen entry value from TRUE to FALSE.

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Mouse acceleration
High DPI causes negative acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
See Mouse sensitivity.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Mouse sensitivity[edit]

  1. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Red Storm Entertainment\Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six
  2. Change the MouseRadiansPerPixel entry value.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Briefing only.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation, download.


In-game multiplayer settings.
In-game multiplayer settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 2346
UDP 2346
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

Windows 10 crash at Start-Up[edit]

Go to the game installation folder and rename/delete winmm.dll

Black screen[edit]

A black screen can sometime occur when running the game. This may be caused by not being able to run cinematics correctly. Skip intro videos to fix this issue.

Crashes at Start-up[edit]

If the game is crashing, error reports can be found in the Sherman.log file

Renderer::CreateBuffers() failed[edit]

If you see the message Renderer::CreateBuffers() failed during ClearBuffers() : Blt() in file C:\Develop\Common\Renderer\renderer.cpp at line 1330 Error = "An exception was encountered while performing the requested operation." in your Sherman.log file and you are using an Nvidia card, try updating your drivers. This issue is known to occur when using the 331.40 beta drivers and is known to be resolved by upgrading to the 331.65 release drivers.

Renderer::Fullscreen() failed[edit]

If you see the message Renderer::Fullscreen() failed during Renderer::SetDisplayMode() in file C:\Develop\Common\Renderer\renderer.cpp at line 1244 Error = "Operation requires the application to have exclusive mode but the application does not have exclusive mode." in your Sherman.log file and you are using an ATI/AMD card, there are currently three possible fixes:

Methods 1 & 2[edit]

For the optimal experience, either roll back the display driver to a version prior to 13.4 or run the game in a virtual machine with Windows XP.

Method 3[edit]
Setup the game compatibility settings[citation needed]
  1. Setup the game to play in a window.
  2. Right click on the RainbowSix.exe file (located in <path-to-game>) and select "Properties".
  3. Go to the "Compatibility" tab and enable Reduced Colour Mode (set to 16-bit), along with "Disable display scaling on high DPI settings" and "Run this program as an administrator".
  4. Launch the game.

Invisible NPCs[edit]

You may come across missions where the victory conditions won't trigger. For instance, in mission 5, "Ghost Dance", there are supposed to be 5 hostages, but you might only see 4 actually rendered in the level. The 5th will appear on your map but not in the level. The only way to fix this is to modify the victory conditions for the level:

Modify the mission victory conditions file[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data\mission and open the specific mission victory conditions text file with a text editor (ex. Notepad).
    • The text files will include the mission number and the difficulty in the name (for this fix, look for the VicCondM5Med.txt file)
  2. In the file, find the following text block:
// Condition 0: Rescue the hostages

3. Change the "NUMBER ALL" portion to "NUMBER 4"
4. Save the changes and launch the game.

  • Note that for this fix, Mission 5 on medium difficulty will allow the mission to be completed with the 4 hostages rendered. To apply the fix to other difficulty levels, modify the respective text files.
This fix can be applied to any level with similar victory conditions (ex. If the condition is "kill all terrorists" and the level fails to load some of the terrorists)

Software Rendering[edit]

The software renderer in Eagle Watch doesn't support transparent windows, while the main game used a semi-transparent grill to show windows instead. The result is that enemies can see and kill through windows.

This only affects old systems without a 3D accelerator.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 6
Mac OS only.
Software renderer
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Smacker
Multiplayer Mplayer.com

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 57 MB 380 MB
Video card (GPU) 2 MB of VRAM
DirectX 6 compatible


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[2] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[3]