Dungeon Keeper incompatible with Vista?

Discussion in 'Gaming Support' started by Guest, Mar 23, 2008.

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    open the game and go to options, graphic options, and disable hardware
    acceleration. i was having the same issue and this fixed it for me. alfalfa_89;736904 Wrote:

    Guest, Jul 3, 2008
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    Jul 4, 2008
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    How I installled Dungeon Keeper IIon Vista.......

    1.) Make sure the Bullfrog Directory has no Dungeon Keeper IIFolder 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 is not...

    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....
    PuPp3t, Jul 4, 2008
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    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. :)

    Guest, Feb 6, 2009
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    'Andy [YaYa Wrote:

    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 game
    (the one that comes with it) v3.0?

    Guest, Feb 6, 2009
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    :eek: I never thought of that!
    Try it and report back!
    *crosses fingers*

    Guest, Feb 6, 2009
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    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!
    Guest, Feb 6, 2009
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    Guest, Mar 2, 2009
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    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.
    Guest, Mar 2, 2009
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    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.
    Guest, Mar 5, 2009
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    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.

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    Guest, May 25, 2009
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    Beyond thank!!!
    I've been trying it works but the Graphic fails after about ten mins,
    quikish solution, save exit to map, select stage, and load work and I
    don't mind as long as I can play!
    We should have all seen or tried that 1. Shot and the dungeon must
    always survive!!

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    Guest, Sep 27, 2009
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    My solution was not running it in compatability mode at all, i dont know
    why but it works, no problems at all, but it may not work for everybody.
    Now im trying to get 3d to work :p

    Guest, Oct 31, 2009
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    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...

    Guest, Nov 1, 2009
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    I think it might be an issues with some graphics card or drivers, I got
    the 9800GT XFX and using win7 32bit with quad core processor. The only
    way it worked for me was to disable the card in device manager, restart
    and it works, the 3d file doesn't even wana play when I do that tho but
    thats obvious.

    lewisstevens1 try this and see if it will work for you, dosbox doesn't
    work so nice for me this worked better. Just remember when the colours
    spaz out just save and load the stage again it will come back.

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    Guest, Nov 2, 2009
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    damn still not working. i restart the computer... boot the program and
    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?

    Guest, Nov 2, 2009
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    Btw meh CPU doesnt support virtual environments i think.... it doesnt
    support that thing where you can load windows xp in windows vista.

    Guest, Nov 3, 2009
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    Dungeon Keeper is one of my favorite games..i cant get it 2 work on my
    vista or my old computer (2003 XP no internet connection for that
    anymore) dungeon keeper 2 works on my vista but it SUCKS! i want dungeon
    keeper 1 to work and VRG has removed dungeon keeper 1 someone help me!

    Guest, Feb 19, 2010
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    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.

    Guest, Mar 11, 2010
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