Dungeon Keeper 1 on Vista???? Possible???

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Games' started by esmnh, Aug 26, 2007.

  1. esmnh

    esmnh Guest

    I am trying to install one of my absolute fave games on Vista Home Basic and
    it installes perfectly but just wont run... I get the first screen of the
    game and then it just crash. I don't get any error message or anything of
    such. It just stop working... now I know its a VERY old game but is there ANY
    way to make this game work???

    I love this game so much, can't get sick of it... hate to think its all
    over... Dungeon Keeper 2 is working fine but its not the same...

    Sometimes you just find a game that captures your heart and it sticks with
    you... for me those games are tetris, dungeon keeper 1 and mahajong... can
    never get sick of any of them... now Keeper wont work and it breaks my heart
    since Vista has been sooooooooooooooooooooo nice to me so far... havent had
    much of those problems you are suppose to get with this OS...

    Plz help... someone?????
    esmnh, Aug 26, 2007
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    Mark Guest

    Have you tried running in administrator mode? Right-click and select "run as

    Another idea, check the application event log and see if there is an event.
    Right-click on "computer" and select "manage", then open "Event viewer",
    "windows logs", "Application" and see if there is any errors that show up.
    It might give a clue.

    Hope that helps!
    Mark, Aug 27, 2007
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    esmnh Guest

    Mark... thanks for trying but I have tried everything... including joing
    Vista Ready Games forum and it turns out that not even the experts there
    could get the game to run anymore... It seems like my computer has been
    upgraded too much or something...
    esmnh, Aug 27, 2007
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    Andy [YaYa] Guest

    Great game, SOOOO HARD, espically the expansion pack where each mission took
    like 2-4 hours, was crazy challenging.

    Wish I had troubleshooting for you, but I can't even recall if this is a dos
    or windows based game.

    Good luck, oh post your system specs with your problem, every time, could be
    hardware related.
    Andy [YaYa], Aug 27, 2007
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    Mark Guest

    Well, if you are really desperate you can always try the Microsoft
    Application Compatibility Toolkit. It has an entry for Dungeon Keeper 1 and
    2, so there is a good chance you can get it running. Unfortunately it
    doesn't seem to have been updated for Vista yet and the built-in fixes don't
    always work, but its a try. Running the MACT is a little tough to figure out
    but it allows the system to ignore (essentially to turn on and off) old
    features that no longer function. I've used it with some old games and got
    them running but it is kind of a hit-and-miss process. Looking at the
    built-in fix, it appears that sound is a major element of what they were
    solving. You might try running the game without any sound at all and see if
    it will run.

    You can download the MACT at:

    Hope that helps!
    Mark, Aug 29, 2007
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    esmnh Guest

    Believe it or not Mark but I have already tried that... I seriously doubt
    there is an advice that people here on Vista can give me that they havent
    given me already after I posted my first help post here... I tried that one
    and so did the admins at Vista Ready Game forum and we all came up with the
    same result... NADA... game wont start...

    Thanks anyway but I think its time for Dungeon Keeper to die....
    esmnh, Aug 29, 2007
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    Andy [YaYa] Guest

    Try Overlord maybe? From the game descriptions the themes sound similar to
    DK... If I can find a copy of DK tonight I'll give it a whirl Esmnh.

    Andy [YaYa], Aug 29, 2007
  8. you could do what I eventually did: install Dungeon Keeper to a DOS
    VirtualPC machine. It's run just fine for me so far.
    Joseph Millman, Aug 30, 2007
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    RayMan! Guest

    Hi there. Believe it or not, I just finished the entire game again
    (for the nth time), but this time on Vista! I was having the exact
    same issues as you, crashing, freezing... then I went into the Windows
    DEP (Window key+pause - Advanced System Settings - Performace tab,
    Settings - Data Execution Prevention tab - Add) then add the
    Keeper95.exe to the list. Then go into the program file Keeper95.exe,
    right click it and choose compatibility - Windows XP SP2. Now after
    all this, if I run the game from the shortcut it won't work! You have
    to go into the program files\bullfrog\keeper\ and run the game by
    directly clicking on keeper95.exe. Weird, but worked every time!

    Good luck!
    Now as a payback, I would appreciate if you can tell me how you got
    Keeper 2 to work on Vista! Mine will only load if it's set to W2K
    compatibility but then freezes frequently, it's unplayable..

    Thanks in advance!
    RayMan!, Sep 3, 2007
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    kairu10 Guest

    Dont let dungeon keeper die,
    i also had this problem when i upgraded to vista, but i found
    Dont know if you have tried this but, there is a program called dosbo
    I used this it allowed me to play my all time fav on vist
    it emulates DOS and allows you to play the games through the emulato

    Heres the download link : 'DOSBox, a x86 emulator with DOS

    If you have any probs ask me and ill help you to the best of m
    kairu10, Jan 21, 2009
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    salmanq Guest

    It is very useful information to some extent. Please help me ou
    regarding this topic going on. Can some one tell me in detail to wha
    exact direction discussion is going on now
    salmanq, Jan 23, 2009
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    Joe Guest

    Have you tried Overlord? I hear it's similar to DK, and it's Vista

    Also, I got the Windows version of DK to run in Vista, just installed to
    an unprotected folder like C:\Games\DK1
    Joe, Jan 23, 2009
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    EN4CER Guest

    'Evil Genius is very similar as well.

    EN4CER, Mar 5, 2009
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    Joe Guest

    Have you tried Overlord? I hear it's similar to DK, and it's Vista
    Oh yeah, almost forgot about that one. Kindda corney, but same concept.
    Joe, Mar 9, 2009
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    Hyzoran Guest

    I had the same exact problem, but the solution in my case was compleatl
    stange and unexpected, I was running the game in windows 9
    compatability mode and the game didnt work. But what i did to fix thi
    was not run it in compatability mode at all, and WTF..... it works!!
    Hyzoran, Oct 31, 2009
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    dommyuk Guest

    I think I've fixed it, or atleast it has for me, you'll need th
    Application Compatability Toolkit. You may have noticed that none o
    the 'fixes' it already has works for it, so you'll need to make you
    own. Click the Fix button and fill out the name and the destination o
    the executable. You'll want Keeper95 or Deeper95 if you want Deepe
    Dungeons and select next. Now you'll be at the compatability screen
    select none and then next. Now you'll be at the Compatability Fixe
    section, scroll down to find 'ForceDirectDrawEmulation' and activate it
    Now use the Test Run button and the game should run, but the color
    might be all messed up. Exit the game and click next and finish on th
    next screen. If the colours were all screwed up, find the Dungeon Keepe
    or Deeper Dungeons executable and right click on it and selec
    properties. Go to the compatability tab and turn on 'Run in 256 colours
    and 'Run at 640x480 screen resolution'. Then go back into th
    Application Compatability toolkit and select the fix you previousl
    created then click run and it should work. Only problem I have is th
    map and 'after mission' score scrolls to fast, so you may need CPUkille
    or something similar. If it still doesn't work turn on XP SP
    compatability, which may fix it
    dommyuk, Feb 27, 2010
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