Running KotOR on a Win7 64-bit system?

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Running KotOR on a Win7 64-bit system?

Postby theant4 » Sun Jul 24, 2011 6:58 pm

So I've heard that it's nigh on impossible to run Knights of the Old Republic on a Windows 7 64-bit OS. I've successfully played through twice on my laptop, which is a 32-bit. However, just out of curiosity (and because I want my sister to play it) I tried installing it on our family computer, which uses a 64-bit system. It installed without any trouble at all and when the game scanned the computer for hardware compatibility it yelled at me about trying to use Windows 7, but running in XP Service Pack 3 compatibility mode solved that problem. Just to test it out I started the game and got part way through the character creation when it crashed ("stopped working" according to the little prompt that popped up). I double checked the compatibility mode settings and tried again, this time making it almost all the way through the Endar Spire before it "stopped working" again.

From what I'd read previously, I was under the impression that the game wouldn't even install correctly on a 64-bit system. Did I defy the laws of reason by installing it and getting it to run, or is the running-and-crashing actually a typical outcome? I've read that people with the Steam version of the game haven't had any problems with a 64-bit system, but I'm using the old fashioned disk version. I mean, if you were careful and saved often enough you would eventually be able to muddle your way through the game, but if it were me playing I would probably give up after a few too many crashes. I'd really like my sister to get the chance to play it (preferably not on my laptop but if it came down to it I guess I could live with that) and amazingly enough she's actually interested in playing it. Are there any patches or anything that might be able to fix this?

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Postby Trivial » Sun Jul 24, 2011 10:18 pm

I bought this game through steam (they had it on $2.50), but I downloaded it and installed it on Win7 64 bit, no issues. I can't see why it wouldn't work on 64 bit either, because windows generally will run at what ever the game requires, hence if you have a 64 bit Windows there is a Program Files(64) and Program Files(x86(32 bit)). I don't have extensive knowledge, although I'm aware there is a lot more to take into consideration on this topic.

Now I know you know about steam and you have a disk, have you looked into patches, I believe KotOR 2 had simular issues and there was a patch made by fans to make it work on Windows 7 64 bit. Did a quick check before having to take off here, maybe this http://www.lucasforums.com/showthread.php?t=194296 will help you.

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Postby childofbhaal » Sun Jul 24, 2011 10:48 pm

I got the disc version too and played it without problems on win7 x64.

I deleted the intro movies from the game folder and ran it in win xp sp2 compatibility mode as adminstrator.

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Postby theant4 » Sun Jul 24, 2011 11:53 pm

Thanks for the replies, guys :)

Like I said I'm running in XP service pack 3 (running as administrator also) but I'll give sp 2 a shot and try getting rid of the movies too.

It was crazy -- I was holding my breath hoping it would work and when it started up flawlessly I was so excited... and then I was totally on a roll and when I reached the bridge it froze up and it was an epic case of the slow-motion/agonized "Nnnnnoooooooo!"

I'll mess with it some more in the morning -- it would be so great to get it running!