was not designed to run on Windows Vista
, and some people have reported serious problems. Many others have managed it though, sometimes with a bit of tweaking.
First of all, make sure you are running Windows Vista with Service Pack 1. Microsoft included some compatibility upgrades in the service pack that should help run KotOR2.BassGameMaster’s Guide to running KotOR2 on Windows Vista: Step-by-step guide
1. Insert CD 1, and click to exit the auto-installer.
2. Open Start>My Computer>Kotor 2 and right click on ‘Setup’.
3. Select ‘Properties’ from the menu, and check ‘Run as admin’ and also either ‘Run as Windows XP’ or ‘Run as Windows 2000’ (they both seem to work, but I’ve had better gameplay on 2000.)
4. Double-click on ‘Setup’ and follow the installation process for KotOR2 as normal.
5. As part of the installation, an icon to run KotOR2 should appear on your desktop. Right-click on the KotOR2 desktop icon and repeat step 3.
6. Run the game. It might work now, however if you get an error, don’t give up.
7. Now you must download a new ms32.dll file. Before you do this, find the original file (in My Computer>Program Files>Lucas Arts>KOTOR 2) and make a backup copy somewhere safe.
8. Click Here
and download the file from FileFront.com
9. Now that you have downloaded the file, copy it to the location mentioned in Step 7, replacing the old file.
10. Run the game. It might work now, however, some people still find problems at this stage. The next step is to contact Securom, the company that handles the DRM (copy protection) for KotOR2.Contacting Securom
Some people have got KotOR2 running successfully with help from Securom, and they can be reached at email@example.com. Before you do this, please follow this procedure, and include the resulting file when you contact Securom:
1. Make sure the original disc (play or launch disc) is in a local CD or DVD-ROM drive.
2. Please reboot your computer and do not start any additional applications.
3. 'Right-click' (click the right button of your mouse) on the desktop shortcut (icon) of the program/game or the actual SecuROM protected executable which can be found in the installation directory of the program/game.
4. A dialog menu will appear. Choose 'Launch Analysis' from the menu choices.
5. After selecting 'Launch Analysis', a disclaimer window will appear.
6. To proceed, please click onto the 'Yes' button.
7. The program will now generate an 'AnalysisLog.sr0' file within the root of your C:\ directory.
8. Please 'zip' (archive) this file (to avoid email corruption) and send it to our official email address firstname.lastname@example.org together with a description of your problem (e.g. screenshots, further details).
Securom may provide you with a replacement Kotor2.exe file, if this is an appropriate solution for your case. You will need to place in My Computer>PRogram Files>Lucas Art>KOTOR 2 as per Securom’s instructions. Don’t forget to right-click the new Kotor2.exe file and select ‘Run as admin’ and either ‘Run as Windows XP Service Pack 2 (or 3)’ or ‘Run as Windows 2000’.Forum Help
This forum can be a useful source of help for KotOR2 technical problems. Make sure you post as much information about your system as you can, as detailed here
The other main forum is over at LucasArts – their KotOR2 Tech Support Forum
also has a number of active members who can give advice and provide solutions.A few problems and solutions:
"Feature Transfer" error on installing: Link
Game is very unresponsive upon starting: Link
Problems starting the game: Link1
The application has stopped working error: Link
Wrong Volume in drive or Please remove disk from cd/dvd drive and insert original disk in another drive: Link (this apparently is an old issue, but systems that were fine under Windows XP are encountering it under Vista)
Possible solution for SLI machines: Link
Kotor 2 not recognizing video drivers under Vista: Link
Kotor 2 only works without sound: Link
Can't find old XP saves after installing Vista: Link
Fix for Intel chipsets: Link
For those with Creative Soundblaster X-Fi soundcards, the Creative Alchemy Project
promises to help games resolve their sound issues with Vista. It's currently in beta, so use at your own risk, but KotOR2 is listed as supported. Please report back to us if you have success or problems with this.
Good luck, and please PM me or the other mods to let us know if there are any broken links or mistakes, and when new solutions become available.