Run Settlers IV in Windows 7 and Windows 10

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Settlers IV Gold Edition

Settlers IV is a real-time strategy game released in 2001 where you are free to build your empire and defeat your opponents. In terms of graphics, time has passed quite a bit over the game, but whose strategy and tactics are more important than graphics, it is still an excellent entertainment playing Settlers IV. Especially when playing with others to prove your ability against your opponents.

It's pretty sad that doesn't run on new machines on its own now.

Now I show a solution (of course this does not mean that there are no other solutions, but for me only this solution worked) which makes it possible to play again with this extremely fun and exciting game on newer machines as well.

1. Installing Settlers IV
2. Update Settlers IV with a program called "siv_1516"
3. Add and configure DXGL for Settlers IV
+ Other good advice

1. Installing Settlers IV

Settlers IV Gold Edition CD folder

Now I will show you the steps on the CD version of Settlers IV Gold Edition.

First you need to start CD 1.

If you do not have the CD which you can put into the computer, only a folder as in the example, you will need a virtual drive.

Daemon Tools Lite's Icon

Daemon Tools Lite has a free version, which is a very useful little program.

The download link.

If it is an actual CD, this is unnecessary.

Settlers IV Gold Edition CD folder

After installation in the CD 1 folder (and / or the CD 1 itself).

Settlers IV Gold Edition CD folder

Run CD 1.

Indítókép

Of course, "Install" (and not Reinstall) will be written there if the program has not been installed on your machine already.

Click the "Install" button.

Settlers IV Gold Edition download error

If this problem does not happen we will be happy. :)

If so, all you have to do is delete "IsUninst.exe" from the C: \ Windows folder and restart CD 1.

IsUninst.exe

DELETE: IsUninst.exe

Settlers IV Gold Edition CD install

Blablabla...

Click: "Next"

Settlers IV Gold Edition CD install

After a thorough study of the text ...

Click: "Yes"

Settlers IV Gold Edition CD install

It allows you to choose where to install the program. (The basis is perfectly good.)

Katt: "Next"

Settlers IV Gold Edition CD install

You can can select what bonuses want to download (minigames and the video may not work properly so only "Extras" worth to download but it is not very important anyway).

Click: "Next"

Settlers IV Gold Edition CD install

Of course, that is why we have done this so far.

Click: "Yes"

Do not touch the machine while the download is in progress. (Not too much time anyway.)

Settlers IV Gold Edition CD install

Do I want a shortcut on the desktop?

Why not?

Click: "OK"

Settlers IV Gold Edition CD install

Okay. Next is CD 2.

Click: "OK"

Settlers IV Gold Edition CD install

Uhm ... I think it's completely unnecessary. (If it still exists at all.)

Click: "Cancel"

Settlers IV Gold Edition CD install

Click: "Next"

Settlers IV Gold Edition CD install

Here you can read a lot of info (which is now completely unnecessary for us).

Settlers IV Gold Edition CD install

It’s time to switch to CD 2.

Click: "Quit"

Settlers IV Gold Edition CD folder

CD 2.

Settlers IV Gold Edition CD folder

Be sure to mount it in Daemon Tools on the same drive as the first CD.

Click.

Run Settlers IV Gold Edition CD

Click: "Single Player"

You have successfully installed Settlers IV Gold Edition, Windows XP and earlier versions the game working perfectly. Windows 7 and above doesn't work ... so now a little turbocharging begins.

And one more thing: the program should always be run as an administrator.

2. Update Settlers IV with a program called "siv_1516"

Click here to download siv_1516

Click on the big green button to download a tiny program called "siv_1516".

You need to unzip the program.

The downloaded program

This should appear after unpacking.

Settlers IV Gold Edition's folder

This is the default folder and siv_1516.exe must be placed in this folder.

Start the program

Once it is in the folder, launch it.

Run the program

Click: "OK"

Completing the upgrade

Jeeee finally.

Click: "OK"

The upgrade

As you can see the folder has changed a little bit.

The upgrade

Minor fixes / minor changes can be read in ReadMe.txt (same in German in LiesMich.txt).

For this reason, in multiplayer mode, all parties must have this "upgrade".

(Eg: If you want to play on a Windows XP machine and a Windows 7 machine, you must also run "siv_1516" on the XP machine. (On XP, it works the same as without it.)

Another problem

If we start now we will probably see something like this...

(If not, we will be very happy and finally start playing.)

3. Add and configure DXGL for Settlers IV

Download DXGL Link to download DXGL.

Now all you have to do is add DXGL to Settlers IV and configure it a bit and you're READY to play.

Install DXGL

Install DXGL (0.5.19.0).

Click: "Next"

Install DXGL

After a thorough study of the text ...

Click: "I Agree"

Install DXGL

Tick ​​and install EVERYTHING.

Click: "Next"

Install DXGL

It allows you to choose where to install the program. (The basis is perfectly good.)

Click: "Install"

Install DXGL

Installation is complete.

Click: "Finish"


Check that the DXGL settings are about the same (if not 100% the same is not a big problem at all).

Now it needs to look something like this.

Configure DXGL Configure DXGL
Configure DXGL Configure DXGL
Configure DXGL Configure DXGL
Configure DXGL Configure DXGL
Add DXGL to Settlers IV

Now let’s add Settlers IV.

Click: "Add"

Add DXGL to Settlers IV

Now look for the exe in the Settlers IV Exe folder.

C:\BlueByte\The Settlers IV\Exe\S4_Main.exe

So the S4_Main.exe in the Exe folder and NOT the C:\BlueByte\The Settlers IV\S4.exe!

Add DXGL to Settlers IV

Of course you can play with the settings but I think it’s unnecessary because it works perfectly without it.

Now all you have to do is run Settlers IV as an administrator.

Starting Settlers IV

When you start the program and asks for CD 2, start Settlers 4 Gold Edition disc 2.ccd in the CD 2 folder.

After that click: "Single Player"

And you can already play.

Settlers IV video

The video (if selected when downloading) may be completely buggy or only the music is heard and the screen is black.

In this case, I suggest you to set the "ShowVideos" to 0 in C:\BlueByte\The Settlers IV\Config\Video.cfg
(so that is turn off the non-working video).

But I think you can survive if the video doesn't work.

+ Other good advice

I did it on Oracle VM Virual Box and the result...

Oracle VM Virual Box Settlers IV Gold Edition error Oracle VM Virual Box Settlers IV Gold Edition error
Oracle VM Virual Box Settlers IV Gold Edition error

There is something wrong with displaying the Y axis, which I couldn't resolve ...

So I don’t think this is the best choice to install Settlers IV.

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