Dune 2000 on 64 bit Windows.Dune 2000 is a Windows 95/98 game from 1998. It is a partial remake of Dune II, but it has a very much improved control set and of course improved graphics. If you own the original CD of the game, it should install and run fine on a 32 bit version of Windows 7, Vista or XP. If you have a 64 bit operating system, you will have a hard time installing the game, as the installer is a 16 bit program.

Dune 2000 on 64 bit Windows systems

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So, what to do to make Dune 2000 work on a 64 bit version of Windows 7, Vista or XP, the easy way?

  • Download Dune 2000 here or here
  • Copy the contents from the downloaded zip file to a folder of choice, for example c:\Games. You'll end up with c:\Games\Dune 2000\.
  • Start the game by double clicking the DUNE2000.EXE file

Cutscenes

The downloaded copy of the game does not include the cutscene files. To enable the video files do the following:

  • Copy the MOVIES folder from the original Dune 2000 CD into the Dune 2000 folder. In our example, you'll end up with c:\Games\Dune 2000\MOVIES.
  • Start the game by double clicking the DUNE2000.EXE file
  • To watch the introduction video, click the Intro and Sneak Peek button in the main menu

Dune 2000 on VirtualBox and Windows XP

To play Dune 2000 on 64 bit operating systems, it is also possible to use VirtualBox with a 32 bit version of Windows XP. Please make sure that you also install the VirtualBox Guest Additions, otherwise Dune 2000 won't work properly. However, when you do have Dune 2000 running in Virtual Box, sound is not optimal, and the window resolution low.

Dune 2000 on Windows 7 with XP Mode

Dune 2000 will install fine in Windows 7 XP Mode, it won't start however, because the emulated S3 video card does not support the required video modes.

Comments from the retro community
Michael · 24-12-2013 · 10:14 CET · [#]
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Thank you for this 64 bit version, or whatever you did to make it work on a 64 bit machine. After copying the MOVIES everything works great! Also, it's nice to finally be able to play this w/out my CD in the drive for a change. I also installed the old DirectX5 patch, just in case my graphics would be better, but it made no difference at all. This is fantastic.

Thanks again. :)
Michael · 24-12-2013 · 10:18 CET · [#]
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Oops! When I went back into the game I had two screens on my display with the color out of whack. I may have to get used to restarting if I change windows while playing. No biggee, I'm just happy to be able to play this again.
DOSGamers
DOSGamers · @DOSGamers · 24-12-2013 · 14:32 CET · [#]
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You're welcome! The major problem with Dune 2000 seems to be its installer, which is incompatible with 64 bit systems. Downloading a pre-installed version helps with that: once installed, Dune 2000 seems to run ok.


Thanks for your note on the DX5 patch. I noticed that a high resolution patch has been released for Dune 2000 lately, you can find it here. I haven't tried it yet though. When it's good, I'll include instructions on this page soon on how to use it.

Michael · 25-12-2013 · 07:05 CET · [#]
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Thanks, DosGamers. I downloaded, and installed the hi-res patch. I also watched the youtube video on the page at the link you provided while installing. Supposedly, the creator of the youtube video was able to get DUNE2000 v1.06 to run smoothly in 1920x1080 resolution. The version 1.03 we are using, however, does not work with the patch on my Win8.1 64 bit machine. The readme for the patch also says it only works with version 1.06: explains why it the patch didn't work. I have not tried the other earlier patch on the same download page you gave me.

The results were Windows could not start Dune2000 after installing the hi-res patch. It was necessary to reinstall the 64 bit compatible version that you provided to me, and am still grateful to have. I guess I'll wait, and check back later after you've had time to check it out. As it is now, I can play, but need to save and exit if I change windows. That's still a lot better than nothing. :) My rationalization is it could be more fun this way since it will tend to keep me out of my In-box, and make me pay more attention to the game instead. :>
DOSGamers
DOSGamers · @DOSGamers · 26-12-2013 · 14:22 CET · [#]
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Indeed, the hi-res patch doesn't work on versions of Dune 2000 prior to 1.06. I tried to update the 1.02/1.03 version to version 1.06. That worked, but suddenly the game mentioned it was in a "spawned game". In my search of a solution, I ran into the "GruntMods Edition" of Dune 2000; updated to 1.06, including the cutscenes and hi-res patch (installation is optional), extra missions and other community patches. All packed in a nice installer. You can find it here.


Only drawback is that (in my case) menu and cutscenes are not rendered full screen on a 1920x1080 screen. After reading the Q&A, this seems inevitable. The game itself runs great in high resolution though!

Michael · 01-02-2014 · 05:55 CET · [#]
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That's one sweet place. Seems that version already has the hi-res patch included. Also nice are the various modded scenarios that can be downloaded, and played. I'll probably always need to save and exit the game before switching windows, or get that double screen back with the whacked out colors - seems to be my video card. Game plays great, as you said, in 1920x1080 screen. I see what you mean by the cutscenes not all playing full screen, but they do play, and still look great. Quite a project GruntMods has going~!
Its me · 17-03-2014 · 03:58 CET · [#]
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I don't know who these people are who posted these comments but when I tried to install, it changed my homepage, didn't install the game, and the download launched a TROJAN!
DOSGamers
DOSGamers · @DOSGamers · 17-03-2014 · 10:02 CET · [#]
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Thanks for your comment. First, always scan downloaded software, especially source ports or patches, as also stated here. Second, please let us know which virus scanner you've used and the results of the scan. Btw, a trojan should launch and install unnoticed ;-).
Ahmed · 20-03-2014 · 13:45 CET · [#]
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the game installs properly but what should i do to remove the video flicker??
DOSGamers
DOSGamers · @DOSGamers · 20-03-2014 · 14:22 CET · [#]
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You could try updating Dune 2000 to V1.06 if you haven't done so. Patch can be found here. You could also check this thread.

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