Dungeon Keeper incompatible with Vista?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Games' started by DarkMisstress, Feb 14, 2008.

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    tnuts Guest

    open the game and go to options, graphic options, and disable hardwar
    tnuts, Jul 3, 2008
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    PuPp3t Guest

    How I installled Dungeon Keeper on Vista.......1.) Make sure the Bullfrog Directory has no Dungeon Keeper II Folder before re-installing.....2.) Install DKII from original disk and Play it first before any update is applied..... It will Default @ 800x600...3.)The only update that works is the v1.30tov1.61....The v1.30tov1.70 some how must reset cfg to 640x800...Ive uninstalled and re-installed several times on a compaq w/AMD TL-60 w/Nvidia 7000m and works evey time this way...P.s> Still gotta crack 1.7....

    Post Originated from http://www.VistaForums.com Vista Support Forums
    PuPp3t, Jul 4, 2008
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    grandia Guest

    Here is how I got Dungeon Keeper 1 working through my Vista 64bit PC:

    -Note: You need a decent PC to create a virtual machine on and an
    unused windows XP CD and product key.-

    *1).* I Installed the windows virtual machine software.

    *2).* I created a virtual machine and installed Windows XP Home
    Edition SP2 on it.

    *3).* I Inserted the Dungeon Keeper disk into my computer and, (on my
    virtual machine) right clicked on the D: drive --> open. I then right
    clicked on KEEPER95.exe, went to properties, went to the compatibility
    tab and then changed it to run in compatibility mode for windows 95.

    *4).* I then installed Dungeon Keeper on my virtual PC.

    *5).* To make Keeper work on XP:

    - Click Start, click Run, type c:\windows\repair, and then click
    - Right-click Autoexec.nt, and then click Copy.
    - Click Start, click Run, type c:\windows\system32, and then click
    - Right-click anywhere in that folder, and then click Paste.
    - If asked to overwrite the file, answer Yes.
    - Right-click the Autoexec.nt file that you just copied, and then
    click Properties.
    - Click to select Read-Only, and then click OK.

    - -Repeat steps 1 through 7 to copy the Config.nt file.-

    I hope this will assist some people in being able to play this
    excellent game. :)
    grandia, Dec 2, 2008

  4. i just got an idea with the directx, it might sound dumb but here goes
    what would happen if you were to install the directx needed for the gam
    (the one that comes with it) v3.0
    eagleheart666, Dec 4, 2008
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    fredskis Guest

    :eek: I never thought of that!
    Try it and report back!
    *crosses fingers
    fredskis, Dec 4, 2008
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    Mark Guest

    its possible but I don't think that will help, Directx checks to make sure
    it doesn't downgrade during install.

    sorry, i missed the first part of this, have you downloaded the Directx9
    runtimes from microsoft.com? Vista only comes with Directx10 and a lot of
    the older stuff is missing. To get it you have to install Directx9 (it won't
    downgrade, only fill in the old pieces) go to

    as an alternative to a virtual pc, as a last resort, the Microsoft
    Application Compatibility Toolkit has an entry for Dungeon Keeper 1. Looking
    at it, there are a bunch of post-win95 fixes. make sure you try running the
    game in compatibility mode for Windows95 (right-click on keeper.exe icon in
    folder, not in games-explorer. select properties, select compatibility tab,
    check run in 256 colors, run in 640x480 and run in compatibility mode for
    win95) .

    The MACT is fairly tricky to work with but can get just about anything to
    work. You might download it (free from
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...E9-B581-47B0-B45E-492DD6DA2971&displaylang=en) -
    the compability administrator is the piece you need.

    Hope that helps!
    Mark, Dec 4, 2008
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    gillyhead Guest

    i have the exact same problem ne solutions
    gillyhead, Mar 2, 2009
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    Joe Guest

    Amazing how many posts I see every day about this game. Makes me wonder
    why someone doesn't port it to iPhone or something. (Oh, right, EA owns
    the license)

    Easiest solution, install DOSBox (Google it).

    You might need to tweak DOSBox a little, but if you read some of the
    docs that come with DOSBox or the stuff online you'll see it's fairly
    easy to setup.

    Once setup install DK per the instructions that come with the game for
    DOS Mode installation.

    Game graphics should return. Since it's an emulator a slower system may
    not run the game so stellarly.

    If you want to fix the game in Windows, try updating your graphic card
    drivers, and run DXWebSetup.EXE again (make sure all DirectX files are

    Good luck, old game + new computer = good luck.
    Joe, Mar 2, 2009
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    EN4CER Guest

    I absolutely love Dungeon Keeper. Great game! I'm not going to ask where you
    got it but I will ask if you can re-download or re-install it. What OS are
    you running on? Because of my personal enjoyment from this game I would love
    to help as much as possible. If you don't mind run dxdiag (start > run >
    dxdiag) and save configuration to a file. Copy and paste that file into a
    reply. DosBOX may be your only option, although I'm sure we can find a
    different way.
    EN4CER, Mar 5, 2009
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    tristan_list Guest

    I did not succeed in running Keeper95. Instead, I opened DOSBox,
    mounted my dungeon keeper CD, and installed the dos version, all inside
    the emulator. This allowed me to run the dos version, under DOSBox, and
    it works fine.

    If you don't have DOSBox, and you like your old games, consider getting
    it because it resolves pretty much all of these kinds of compatability
    issues by just generating the dos environment from scratch.
    tristan_list, May 25, 2009
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    Hyzoran Guest

    My solution was not running it in compatability mode at all, i dont kno
    why but it works, no problems at all, but it may not work for everybody
    Now im trying to get 3d to work :
    Hyzoran, Oct 31, 2009
  12. im also having the same problem, ive tried that dosbox but it doesnt
    work, as its like not able to run in dos mode, ive tried dungeon keeper
    1 and 2, none work, i tried all the put in admin mode ect, its not
    working, ive tried copying onto the desktop ect... when i run the
    program it just appears and is blank, nothing i can do... it sort of
    freezes, i tried the run in like whateva colours checkbox also.

    ive trried updating all...i dont know what to do...
    lewisstevens1, Nov 1, 2009
  13. damn still not working. i restart the computer... boot the program an
    it goes blank... i try and quite the program i have to do CTRL ALT DEL
    and it shows the program is not responding. Any ideas
    lewisstevens1, Nov 3, 2009
  14. Btw meh CPU doesnt support virtual environments i think.... it doesn
    support that thing where you can load windows xp in windows vista
    lewisstevens1, Nov 3, 2009
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    2Manyprobs Guest

    Dungeon Keeper is one of my favorite games..i cant get it 2 work on m
    vista or my old computer (2003 XP no internet connection for tha
    anymore) dungeon keeper 2 works on my vista but it SUCKS! i want dungeo
    keeper 1 to work and VRG has removed dungeon keeper 1 someone help me
    2Manyprobs, Feb 17, 2010
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    dommyuk Guest

    I probably should've posted my solution in this thread instead of the
    other one, but here we go: I think I've fixed it, or atleast it has for
    me, you'll need the Application Compatability Toolkit. You may have
    noticed that none of the 'fixes' it already has works for it, so you'll
    need to make your own. Click the Fix button and fill out the name and
    the destination of the executable. You'll want Keeper95 or Deeper95 if
    you want Deeper Dungeons and select next. Now you'll be at the
    compatability screen, select none and then next. Now you'll be at the
    Compatability Fixes section, scroll down to find
    'ForceDirectDrawEmulation' and activate it. Now use the Test Run button
    and the game should run, but the colors might be all messed up. Exit the
    game and click next and finish on the next screen. If the colours were
    all screwed up, find the Dungeon Keeper or Deeper Dungeons executable
    and right click on it and select properties. Go to the compatability tab
    and turn on 'Run in 256 colours' and 'Run at 640x480 screen resolution'.
    Then go back into the Application Compatability toolkit and select the
    fix you previously created then click run and it should work. Only
    problem I have is the map and 'after mission' score scrolls to fast, so
    you may need CPUkiller or something similar. If it still doesn't work
    turn on XP SP2 compatability, which may fix it.
    dommyuk, Mar 6, 2010
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