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Features  → M&M on Windows XP

by Andy4590

This guide is for Windows XP Pro Service pack 2 on a clean system install and everything is updated. This means to update your bios, video drivers, directx 9.0c and xp. After you have installed the games make sure that you have the latest patches installed for MM6-7, and 9. This should work on XP Home also as long as you have Service pack 2 and everything uptodate. Special Thanks to Bones at http://telp.org/ for the fix for MM8.

If you have any questions or comments please email me at andy4590@mchsi.com. You do not have permission to modify this file. Enjoy your Might and Magic Series. Copyright 2005 Andy4590

Might and Magic I-III on XP Pro Service Pack 2

  1. To run these games download http://dosbox.sourceforge.net/download.php?main=1
  2. Browse to your start menu and run dosbox.
  3. You will need to type "mount c c:\" (Without the quotes) then enter.
  4. Then you will need to type c: and hit enter.
  5. Now browse go to the directory from dosbox and run the exe.

Note: If you are not familiar with dos, then read the readme.txt. You can play I-III without dosbox but the games will run smoother with dosbox.

Might and Magic IV-V plus Swords of Xeen on XP Pro Service Pack 2

  • You will need to run dosbox to play these games trouble free.

Might and Magic VI-IX on XP Pro Service Pack 2

IMPORTANT: Download Windows Application Compatibility Toolkit from here and install.

I had hardware accelerated mode for video on ALL except MM7. I was not able to select sound options at all on MM6-MM7.

  1. MM6 -http://home.mchsi.com/~andy4590/mm6x.zip Follow the instructions included. This allows you to play on XP with the CD.
  2. MM7 -First run MM7 configuration utility and change to software 3d. Go to your MM7 directory and right click MM7.exe and choose properties. Click the Compatibility tab. Go to compatibility mode area and click run this program in compatibility mode. Then choose Windows 98/ME and click okay. Then goto the start menu, then run, and type dxdiag. Click the sound tab. Then under directx features move the slider all the way down to no acceleration Hardware sound Acceleration level. Now run the game. You will need the cd.
  3. MM8 -To play MM8 you need to have installed Windows Application Compatibility Toolkit. You will need to download http://home.mchsi.com/~andy4590/MM8comXpProSP2.sdb Browse to the start menu, then programs, then to Microsoft Windows Application Compatibility Toolkit, and then click on Compatibility Administrator Tool 3.0. Click open and browse to where you saved MM8comXpProSP2.sdb and open the file. Under New Database you should see a new entry. Something like MM8 [c:\Documents and Settings\Drew\Desktop\MM8comXpProSP2.sdb] Right click this and chose install. Go to your MM8 directory and right click MM8.exe and choose properties. Click the Compatibility tab. Go to compatibility mode area and click run this program in compatibility mode. Then choose Windows 98/ME and click okay. Now run MM8 and enjoy.
  4. MM9 -Should work just fine after installing the game.
Comments

BMJedi at 2008-04-23 18:27 wrote:
rmartire, I'm posting this answer in April, so maybe you've already figured this out, but all you have to do is search Microsoft.com for 'windows application compatibility toolkit'.
Their website took me here:
[URL]http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=24DA89E9-B581-47B0-B45E-492DD6DA2971&displaylang=en[/URL]
rmartire at 2008-02-17 20:34 wrote:
help--i am trying to get mm6 to run on my new windows xp system--it ran on my old xp system, and the link to download the windows toolkit takes to a microsoft page that informs me the requested page isn't available. I am a computer numbskull, this is my son's favorite game and I want to get it running. Also, when I click on the link in line #1 for mm6 I get into my own computer which tells me to paste something from the readme file int some other file, but I can't figure out how to.

jeffh at 2007-10-06 07:03 wrote:
Just thought I'd mention that the setup programs for (at least) M&M6 and 7 are incompatible with the BitTorrent client ABC. They simply will not run if ABC is running! So if you're installing these (and possibly other) M&M games, and you happen to use this client, close ABC and then CTRL-ALT-Delete and get rid of ALL instances of ABC (and Setup.exe, if you've already unsuccessfully tried running it) from the Processes tab. Both ABC and setup.exe will often appear more than once here, so sort them alphabetically and make sure you've shut all of them down! After doing this, you should be able to run the setup program with no problems.

This problem only affects the setup program, not the game itself.
ywhtptgtfo at 2007-04-12 22:39 wrote:
>Man, this is drving me nuts. It worked yesterday, don't ask me how >or why?
>Now, when i try to start the game this error message comes up:
>More Hard Drive Space Required
>Due to Window Virtual Memory requirements Might and Magic VI >requires 30 MB of free hard drive space to operate properly

>Available on Current Drive 3560k

Donnor, I think Telp's patch fixes this. It worked for me.

http://telp.org/mm6/tavern/anyboard/posts/27430.html
Hir at 2007-03-25 17:19 wrote:
my mm7 loads but an error pops up stopping it...d:\mm7src_eng\mm7\code\screen16.cpp at line number:16...It's a direct draw error,whatever that is...help pls =(
Donner at 2007-01-25 16:02 wrote:
Man, this is drving me nuts. It worked yesterday, don't ask me how or why?
Now, when i try to start the game this error message comes up:
More Hard Drive Space Required
Due to Window Virtual Memory requirements Might and Magic VI requires 30 MB of free hard drive space to operate properly

Available on Current Drive 3560k

The thing is i have 56 GB free. I don't get it and its killing me, i wanna play the game :ill:
Donner at 2007-01-24 22:20 wrote:
Actually i have a German version.
Does that make any difference?

EDIT: Somehow i got it to work, but no its still on patch 1.0 and i can't install eiter 1.2 or Mok's patch.
Anyone has an idea?

Marzhin at 2007-01-24 12:58 wrote:
Do you have the english version of MM6 ?
Donner at 2007-01-24 12:10 wrote:
Hey

I've read the whole thread, but i still have a problem with Might and Magic VI.
I installed the game and tried to install the patch 1.2. However, everytime i start the patch he asks me, where the Might and Magic VI Directory is located. I then tell him that it is under C:\Programme files\Might and Magic VI

When i click ok i get the following error Message: Old file not found. However, a file of the same name was found. No update done since file contents do not match.

Does anyone have an idea how to fix this? I really wanna play ;)
Just so to get this right, i need to install 1.2, then 1.3 Moks Patch and then i can play?

Thanks guys, really appreciate the help.
nythauk at 2007-01-24 10:39 wrote:
I'm new to the creative aspect of MMIV and need to know how to insert, or rather, where to insert the downloadable content found on this site. For instance, how do you get the artifacts to come up in the listing when you try to add them to a new menu such as "New Stuff", or whatever you name it. Please, if anyone can help and keep the answer in layman's terms, I'd much appreciate it. Working hard to learn this as I'm disabled and this game is the most fun I've found for my laptop. Adding items, etc., and making scenarios, and campaigns is a great way to help me escape some problems otherwise making life miserable. Thanks! J. Nythauk

Angelspit at 2007-01-13 18:15 wrote:
MM9 is for sale at Amazon (around $10), among others. We will *not* give you links to warez sites, if that's what you are looking for.
TwoEwil at 2007-01-13 18:02 wrote:
Is anyone here? Those a the best games every but I really would like to play M&M 9 and I just cant find it they dont sell it anymore... pls sombody help..:((
TwoEwil at 2007-01-13 17:58 wrote:
HI everybody I have a problem I am agreat fan of M&M but I just missed the 9th one. So I am looking where to download it

LoneDruid at 2006-11-18 18:36 wrote:
Oh, man! I know everything about MM7 and i really like it but i cant't find it. Someone help me...i don't know how but plz help!!!!!

magerette at 2006-10-31 23:09 wrote:
This is really great--have MM7 up and running for the first time in years!Thanks to everybody who posted the links for Mok's patch, cuz that's what finally made it work. Also, I have full sound, even my character voices which I remember so well! I didn't use the MS App Compatability Toolkit at all as far as I know but it downloaded fine from your link.
Anyway, thanks again.

Angelspit at 2006-10-19 19:12 wrote:
You can try from here.
gamer4596 at 2006-10-19 18:52 wrote:
also It wouldn't let me download Application Compatibility Toolkit from that link and i searched for it at microsoft it no longer is avil.
gamer4596 at 2006-10-19 18:49 wrote:
i tried the fix for mm7 with the compatility to 98 and changing sound in directx, It will load to the main scren where it says loading please wait..... And I get the microsoft error that it has encountered a prob. needs to shutdown, What now?
RichardRahl at 2006-10-09 20:59 wrote:
For the ones that have problems during the installation of M&M 6, 7 and 8:
http://www.ntcompatible.com/Solutions_Might_and_Magic_6_7_and_8_on_Xp_t33241.html#166473

I haven't tried that solution yet, but i hope it will work.
Enjoy!
Edited on Mon, Oct 09 2006, 15:00 by RichardRahl

MM7today at 2006-09-27 18:11 wrote:
I just installed MM8 and i can play it and stuff, but i dont get any music. help please!
slipknot377 at 2006-08-08 21:03 wrote:
ya i dont no anyone bsides me who has had a problem installing the game thts y help has been so hard to find no1 has been able 2 help me and i stayed up till 6am trying to figure out how 2 get it to install :(

Dave_Jame at 2006-08-08 20:52 wrote:
I personali never had any problem with all MaM (Vi - IX) on W.XP.. Only in MaM VII I had to chanthe grapihck engin from the PC default to MaM Graphick... that All.. especialy with MaM VI where no problems =-O
slipknot377 at 2006-08-08 20:32 wrote:
i just bought might and magic VII but i cant get it 2 install it says something like error transfering data anyone no how 2 get around this i really want to play but i have an instalation problem!!! i no what to do once i get it installed some please help me!!!
gkshutout at 2006-07-30 22:20 wrote:
When i put the cd in it won't even load how do i get it to even try to install? please help!!

Ryder at 2006-07-30 21:21 wrote:
firecamp, go here
http://www.flamestryke.com/mm7/flamestrykes_mm7.html
And click on Patch, Unofficial MM7.

It's Mok's patch that will allow it to run on XP.
firecamp at 2006-07-30 20:02 wrote:
I have mm7.
firecamp at 2006-07-30 20:01 wrote:
Hi I just bought this game and load in on windows xp home ver. And it would not play, so I have done very thing you guys list in your comments , but it still will not play. Help Please

MM7today at 2006-06-27 16:24 wrote:
I followed the instructions above, but when i try to play MM7, it doesnt do anything. i got Mok's 1.2 patch, but installing version 1.3 doesn't work (/data/games.lod: unknown version). help please!

BTW HodgePodge: you said "If you are playing MM6 or 7 with Windows XP you need to download & install Mok's Patch for MM6 and/or 7 for Windows XP:

---link here---", but when i try to install it (which doesnt work^) it doesnt say anything about installing is for MM7, only for MM6... :S
manci at 2006-06-15 11:25 wrote:
I got it. I found a patch and now works fine :) ,but only with disabled accelerated 3d sound .
http://ogl.ru/file/1049229261.html
manci at 2006-06-15 10:49 wrote:
The cd is in ofcourse. By the way can i play the game without the cd?? A patched mm8.exe there is?
Edited on Thu, Jun 15 2006, 05:04 by manci

Ryder at 2006-06-15 10:46 wrote:
Have you tried putting the cd in and pressing ok to start or is that a bit hard to do without the cd?
manci at 2006-06-15 10:35 wrote:
NEED HELP !!!!! I have instaled M&M 8 on windowsXP but i can't play it .It gives me the error : "Cannot locate the Might And Magic VIII CD-ROM" - "please insert the MM8 cd and pres OK to restart application". Ever seen this befor???? Nothing worked from what you sad here..........
manci at 2006-06-15 10:30 wrote:
NEED HELP !!!!! I have instaled M&M 8 on windowsXP but i can't play it .It gives me the error : "Cannot locate the Might And Magic VIII CD-ROM" - "please insert the MM8 cd and pres OK to restart application". Ever seen this befor???? Nothing worked from what you sad here..........
allknottedup at 2006-06-15 07:48 wrote:
http://strony.aster.pl/mokmtg/mm7_eng_xp.exe
torres064 at 2006-06-15 03:48 wrote:
Yo Can N-e bOdY HeLp mE? i try 2 instal mm7 but it says i need direct x 6.0 but i have 9.0 but still has that errror ??? any awnsers?

HodgePodge at 2006-05-05 16:24 wrote:
If you are playing MM6 or 7 with Windows XP you need to download & install Mok's Patch for MM6 and/or 7 for Windows XP:

Mok's 1.3 Patch

For MM8 or additional options, check out the link below:

Celestial Heavens Help for Might & Magic on Windows XP

Good Luck & Have Fun! :-D

Necromaxer at 2006-05-05 11:12 wrote:
Can enyone help my i playd m&m7 and win it it is wery god game now im at the end of M&M8 and i dont know the ridlles i know the firts iti is prison but what are the second and third please and where can i download M&M 1,2,3,4,5,6????/(c)

http://www.old-games.ru/game/813.html M&M 1.2.3.4.5.6.7.8

Necromaxer at 2006-05-05 10:58 wrote:
"The procedure entry point MakeCriticalSectionGlobal could not be located in the dynamic link library KERNEL.dll"
<br> No problem! Just delete from directory of the game (mm8) DDRAW.DLL DINPUT.DLL VERSION.DLL VINMM.DLL comdlg32.dll drvmgt.dll. And use it! :))) But this stuff works for cutted internet version only!

Necromaxer at 2006-05-04 13:33 wrote:
Try this http://public.ag.ru/download/software/175/act30pkg.exe.Application Compatibility Toolkit 3.0 from russian server :)
Edited on Thu, May 04 2006, 07:41 by Necromaxer
meanie at 2006-03-15 13:18 wrote:
so you can't play this game without the cd?
Moonflax at 2006-01-17 22:12 wrote:
Nobody has responded to help me out.

Well I have followed the instructions. I could not find a "Windows Compatability Toolkit" only a "Microsoft Compatability Toolkit" and I do not know if these two things are the same.

Also, I do not see where I apply this program. I followed the instructions for MM7 and the game still does not run. Please help me.
Edited on Sat, Feb 25 2006, 13:30 by Moonflax

Koni at 2005-12-27 10:09 wrote:
Inside, Egg
INCUBUS at 2005-12-26 21:51 wrote:
Can enyone help my i playd m&m7 and win it it is wery god game now im at the end of M&M8 and i dont know the ridlles i know the firts iti is prison but what are the second and third please and where can i download M&M 1,2,3,4,5,6????/
Samual82 at 2005-12-08 12:36 wrote:
"The procedure entry point MakeCriticalSectionGlobal could not be located in the dynamic link library KERNEL.dll" am getting this when i try to run either mm8setup.exe or mm8.exe, i own a copy of the game but all but the manual and box r trashed so all i have is this damn ripped copy that worked fine about a year ago on my ME machine but i cant gte it to work now, i followed the instructions to the letter..... why cant they make a 'winbox' or 'MEbox', happen to know where i'm going wrong?

Ryder at 2005-12-03 20:37 wrote:
Incubus, go here

http://telp.org/mm7/tavern/anyboard/posts/19648.html
INCUBUS at 2005-12-03 14:21 wrote:
CAn anyone help me i just buy m&m7 and it wont play on xp what shall i do
Steffen at 2005-11-15 23:17 wrote:
I downloaded the Windows Compatibility Tool Kit, then the download for MM6 above, then tried to paste it to the MM6 directory and still got the same SHRINKER.ERR message as before. Please help.

Vision at 2005-10-21 02:45 wrote:
Where ARE the patches?
thinkingofyou86 at 2005-10-15 04:47 wrote:
i know this can be call funny,but i don't know how to use fly spell :(( .Who can't help me
starlady11 at 2005-09-12 17:19 wrote:
how do i find mok dnloads
starlady11 at 2005-09-12 05:54 wrote:
i keep getting an error signature on disk[play] on both mm7 and mm8 anyone have an idea help i',m on an xp and have them to windows 98 i miss playing them mm7 is best starlady11

Ryder at 2005-09-07 09:47 wrote:
No worries mate. Nothing is worse than not been able to play Might and Magic.

Mok is a legend.
Rhiemhist at 2005-09-07 09:11 wrote:
Wow, Thank you So very much Ryder, Finally I can play my 2nd favorite pc game of all time MM7 again, and I dont have to search for an old fashioned labtop to do it, which is what I had boiled down to doing, if need be, but posting about Mok's unofficial patches cleared the ico all up, thank you again.

Ryder at 2005-08-27 22:15 wrote:
dmacneil, flop and Alfredo, click on the link at the top if this page that will take you to telp.org. Pick the tavern which is the MM game you want to play and look for posts by Mok about his unofficial patches. I recently finished playing 6,7 and started 8 using his patches.

They work perfectly.

Angelspit at 2005-08-27 20:52 wrote:
That file needs to be opened using the Compatibility Administrator Tool. Don't try to double-click on the file itself.
Alfredo at 2005-08-27 18:55 wrote:
Hello. I followed the directiones and downloaded the file http://home.mchsi.com/~andy4590/MM8comXpProSP2.sdb but computers states that it doesn't know how to open this file. Some help would be great. Thank you.
flop71 at 2005-08-05 13:26 wrote:
I used the patch for MM6 but the game only seems to run in 320x200. How do i increase the res?
Mercador at 2005-06-17 23:46 wrote:
I seem to have issues with sound for MMIX... It stutters, and it drives me insane. Music sounds, and certain attack sound work well, but other ones stutter, and repeat. Please e-mail me with a fix...
dmacneil at 2005-05-12 18:13 wrote:
In regards to MM7, I followed all steps and I get a debug error on mm7.icd.
Please advise.

jeff at 2005-03-01 16:51 wrote:
As I recall, sourceforge had and perhaps still has a forum for dosbox that offers help to those that need it.

Psychobabble at 2005-03-01 06:32 wrote:
I wonder how long it'll be before you get questions on how to use dosbox, that thing can be annoying and I'm reasonably familiar with dos. It seems to eat up memory and processing power at a shocking rate. I played MM3 under XP a few months ago and it worked fine, though the animations were a bit fast :)

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