Running Dirt 2 in Windows 11

Here is an extensive guide on how I got it to run in Windows 11:

I bought my copy of Dirt 2 from gaming dragons.
It came with the latest version of GFWL (Games For Windows Live) (such are mentioned here as well).
However, once the profile of the player has been created within the game (do not try to change player names, or it will crash on instant!), in future cases of running the game, it will crash on trying to load the profile.

Once you have installed the gamingdragons version, and follow “step 3” of the readme as in the post mentioned that I linked above.

Additionally, set dirt2.exe to run as administrator.

It may still occasionally crash, on loading the profile once in a while, but not that much anymore, that it renders the game unplayable.

Getting to run Crysis: on Windows 11 and on modern AMD CPUs in Origin

So I have head the problem that despite I have tried multiple DVDs, none of them would be fully readable to install the Original Crysis von 2007!

Also it was not available on Steam and the trick using dedicated CPU core commands was not working either. there is a patch but you don’t need that either. Just rename the bin32 folder to bin64 as described here and it will work 🙂

The good thing about the Origin version compared to the original DVD version is, that the Origin version automatically installs the last version of the game containing the 64bit version of the game, it is just not used by default if you don’t rename the folder!

Getting to run Crysis: Warhead on Windows 11 and on modern AMD CPUs

Playing this 2008 hit on modern environment nowadays is not that hard, despite SecureRom can’t be verified anymore:

The 2nd problem is, that the Game crashes on machines with AMD CPUs, because It should make the game use SSE/MMX code paths instead of now deprecated “3D Now!” instruction paths.

Those 2 things should make the game run for you on Windows 11 with AMD CPUs! 🙂

Running Anno 1602 on Windows 11 21H2

I recently bought a package of retro DOS games from a friend. I found this the ideal challenge to find out how to get them to run in Windows 11.

So here is what needs to be done:

  1. Install Anno1602 (It doesn’t show it but if you go to window overview you can see that the Windows internal copy feature is used to copy aka install the game, there is no progress bar during Setup installing the game whatsoever!
  2. Download and install the Anno1602 Win2000/XP Patch:
  3. Change Settings in the Settings App of the game to the following:


  • high video quality
  • show hardware mouse cursor
  • enable music
  • enable sfx
  • Screen resolution: 1024 x 768

    4. Set compatibility mode of the 1602.exe to Win98/WinME

Enjoy the game! 🙂

How to install Logitech’s MyHarmony App on Windows 10 21H2?

Perhaps some of you experienced that, Windows 10 automatically removed a program that is known to be not fully compatible with the next major Windows version. It happened with SpyBot – Seek & Destroy e.g. and it also happened with Logitech’s MyHarmony’s Windows version of their app, too.

And once you downloaded and tried to install it, you see the following error:

Run as with administrator privileges? Doesn’t work on MSI files.
I found while googling the solution here:

Given the software has been last updated in 2015 when the first version of Windows 10 has been released and Logitech announcing earlier this year that future production of MyHarmony has been stopped, the possibility they will ever fix this in a future release is very unlikely.

An opened support ticket from October 3rd stays unanswered to this day.

Problems to write backups on your Zyxel NAS? Yes, that’s because you are using it wrong

In the past, I have been using Buffalo NASes to store my backups with Acronis True Image 2021 on them and was all happy. Cases were available for 30-80 € depending on time and model that you bought. Not bad.

Now, Buffalo appears to have cut the robe, as Amazon and others no longer offer them for purchase.

Hence I had to move towards a different brand, but didn’t see myself spending 150-200 € for just a 2 bay NAS case of Synology.

I found a Zyxel NAS326 for the price of 95€ and went for it.
I put in my 2 Seagate IronWolf 10 GB NAS HDDs in it and after a swift initial setup I was happy and started my first backup with True Image, however, there would always be “A backup error. Edit connection settings.” after 1 h and 18 mins. Even when I resume the backup, it would stop at a further progress stage of the backup, after 1h and 18 mins yet again as this screenshot shows:

The NAS case has, in contrast to Buffalo’s enduser NAS cases a lot of sensors and real time monitors, so I had a look at what exactly happens.

It appears – the NAS being connected to a 1 Gbits LAN port of my Zyxel Managed Switch daisy chained from a AVM Fritzbox 7590 router, that the CPU would have a constant utilization of 60-100% which after 1h and 18m would lead to the NAS just halting and in this very second also its web gui being inaccessible.

Now, with my Zyxel GS1900-16 Managed Switch, I tried to minimize the load to the CPU of the NAS by limiting the traffic of the Port 16 where the NAS was connected to.

It would slow down the speed of writing to the NAS accordingly, but the CPU would still read the same load.

The final solution was indeed to change the Port’s detection mode of Auto to 100 Mbits

At first one would think this means a huge increase for the time it needs to write the data to the NAS. Errr, it depends. seeing that when the port was at 1 Gbits, the constant changing of the transfer speed wasn’t favourable either. As a matter of fact, the difference between what True Image 2021 predicted at frst for 1.4 TB to write, was 4 hours. With the 100Mbits port setting, this changed to 7hours. I rather have a slower and reliable connection to the NAS to write (and read from in case of required recovery) than a fast but instable one.

Now how about incremental and differential backups? Plain No. Because the read and write operations combined cause so much traffic to the NAS’ CPU, that it freaks out again after 1 hour 18 mins!

It’s a known issue for many Zyxel NAS models since 2013 and despite my particular model received last firmware update in April 2021 one would think they have done something about it by now. Spoiler alert: They didn’t.

I have received the following statement:

“I have asked here once internally and unfortunately this is not officially supported by our models, which is why no adjustment will be made in this direction in the future.

Unfortunately, we in support have no further influence on the decisions of our development department here, even if I would like to offer you a solution.”

Thank you for nothing Zyxel. Really!

So what about incremental or differential backups, I hear you ask? You can’t. The constant read and write combined operations will freak out the internal CPU again.

Despite one of the main reasons to get a NAS and use it is to write backups to it, if you do on Zyxel NAS, they will tell you, you are not supposed to!

Could the problems be fixed by Zyxel? Oh certainly! Slowing down things to avoid overload/overheating, etc is a common thing, they could as well slow down transfer speeds when the CPU freaks out rather than just the NAS losing network connecting.

This NAS has so many sensors for utilization, heat and fan speed inside, they could use them to regulate the load!

How to get Cossacks running in Windows 10 and switch language to English

the Steam community often comes up with helpful guides on how to get old games patched to run in Windows 10. The same is valid for Cossacks,

However, it fells a bit short on assumptions that you don’t need the English language file as Steam’s installation is the English one. But what if you have a CD original in another language and don’t want to pay money to buy the game a 2nd time?

This is what happened to me, so let me help you out.

After installation, you are confronted with the error message “Please log in with administrator privileges and try again” which is because the copy protection driver is blocked by the security mechanism of Windows 10 as you can read in this German article

So what you need is a no CD patch. Once this has been sorted out, follow the guide on how to apply a patch for Windows 10 compatibility of the Steam guide I have linked above.

Last but not least, to change your games’ language, use the same guide, but download this English language file taken from the comment section where I requested the original author of the guide to make it available. Download is broken? then contact me if you need the file.

Helping getting MaxiMiniGolf (AKA 3D Ultra MiniGolf Deluxe) patched for Windows 7/8.x/10

Readers of this blog might have figured out by now, that getting old devices and software to run under newer non-supported Windows version is one of my things.
I am happy that I have learned while working at my Scene World project, that reporting bugs to open source projects is king.

So I remembered Funk-Flitzer aka 3-D-Ultra-Radio-Control-Racers from childhood and wanted to buy its German release over Amazon Marketplace, an edition having this and the MiniGolf game on the same CD. The seller sold me a version only having the golf game on it. so I made a deal to get half of the purchase refunded and keep the CD regardless. They agreed, and this way I found that this is a re-branded different version than what Matt Jernigan was aware of, hence his patcher failed on me.

Opening a bug with him and digging deeper during further input from his and my side, he got it sorted out!

It only took a few games and now I can even play my version on newer windows versions, awesome, thanks Matt! 😎

Getting Dune 2000 to run in latest Windows 10 x64

Last October, I noticed that the Windows 64bit patches no longer worked with latest Windows 10 updates installed and latest Nvidia GameReady drivers.

I found there is a different way of getting it to work.
Here is what I wrote to Nvidia customer support on how I’ve fixed it:

I have fixed it. There is a mod available for Dune 2000 called “Gruntmods Edition” and when I installed it, I installed it in the same base folder as all my other “old games” (non-Steam) and it accidentally caused this to install it in the same directory the broken Dune 2000 (installed via these instructions) Install was.

And it made the old installation playable if I run the Dune2000.EXE instead of the .EXE of the mod. So I am not using the mod even, only whatever they fixed (last update was in April 2019 in contrast to the original WIndows 10 64bit Patch (which was from June 2016) which only works with all Windows Updates installed no older than June 2000, the mod patches the file to even run with a fully updated and current Windows 10 installation

Adrenalin (aka A-Race Extreme Show) – A blast from 2007

In 2006, I have put together another PC of mine, it was also the year in which I switched slowly to 64bit Windows. 1 year before Windows Vista, I had installed Windows XP 64bit. I put a 64bit CPU in this machine, so why not taking use of it?

I remember reading in a German paper mag at the time, that the game from a Russian game studio – the racing game “Adrenalin” was quite cool – errr…. not really. But I remember it for its cool rock music pieces by Russian artists.

I am doing regular backup of my stuff since year 2000. 2006 marked also the year I decided to go multi HDD, and multi OS for retro games or older game installations (A concept that I gave up since Windows 10 is the “last Windows” by Microsoft to be released – I still have a Windows XP 32bit running and a Windows 7 as a backup OS to boot if Windows 10 would fail on something) , so it happened to be that my main OS would still be Windows XP 64bit.

The German version was released by “Froggster Interactive” (Yep, the same publisher that would bring “Speedball 2000” to PC via Steam in 2008).

I remember complaining that the copy protection was not compatible with 64bit Windows XP. I was told “We support 32bit only”, so I was forced to use a no-CD patch 😀

Now just found out that the game is abandonware and can be downloaded in its English version (published by “1c”) without copy protection and supporting 64bit Windows!

Even the save game file from 2007 still works, so now I can resume my career from 14 years ago! Lovely! 😀

And of course it is fully Windows 10 compatible as well! Wow!

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