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. 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. Below you find a solution to play the original game on 64 bits Windows computers. There are also some alternatives for the latest Windows operating systems which also allow you to play the game in high resolution:

Play the original Dune 2000 on 64 bit Windows systems

So, what to do to make Dune 2000 work on a 64 bit version of Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista or XP, the easy way?

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  • Download Dune 2000 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\.
  • When running Dune 2000 on Windows 10 or Windows 8, it could happen that Direct Play hasn't been installed. Dune 2000 needs this to function properly. To install/enable Direct Play follow these steps:
    • Make sure DirectX is installed
    • Press Windows key and X
    • Choose Programs and Features or press F
    • On the left, click on Turn Windows features on or off
    • Look for Legacy components, double click it or press the plus sign to see all components
    • Check the Direct Play checkbox and click Ok
  • Make sure you run the game in compatibility mode:
    • Navigate to the Dune 2000 folder, in this example c:\Games\Dune 2000\
    • Right click the DUNE2000.EXE file
    • Select Properties
    • Click the Compatibility tab
    • Tick the checkbox at Run this program in compatibility mode for: and select Windows 95
    • Click on Ok
  • Start the game by double clicking the DUNE2000.EXE file


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.
  • Follow the steps above and 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 is 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
johnman · 17-06-2015 · 11:48 CET · [#]
I have downloaded your file for the game and it works fine, only problem is the screen is split. The right side 1/4 is on the left and the left side starts in the middle... how do i fix?
The Poxjox · 03-08-2015 · 20:57 CET · [#]
I've the same problem as "johnman". Would be really neat to get this game working properly. Using Win 7 64-bit and tried both links (the 64 bit versions Win 7) to the dune 2000 game downloads as linked from above in this thread. The resolution and graphichs is fine, but the screen is dislocated. Tried the compability options but without any success using either of the OS versions.

I've tried the game on my older computer that also uses win 7 64 bit, and there the screen is fine and centred. I'm starting to suspect that there could be some problem with the "new" hdmi inputs (outputs?) from newer graphichs cards somehow. Had to use amd catalyst center to extend the screen (when in desktop) since the screen did not fully extend to the screens border (when I first plugged in with the hdmi cable). So I'm about to try changing to VGA/DVI cables instead. Not sure I did the best description of my problem, since my english grammar is poor sometimes, but I hope you understand. Thankful for answers.
DOSGamers · @DOSGamers · 04-08-2015 · 14:29 CET · [#]

Hi Poxjox, having read the Dune2K forum, there are some things you could try. Perhaps you've read those too, but I'll summarize them anyway, although I can't confirm that they'll work:

1. Setting the graphics to 8-bit mode in the game main menu.
2. Changing your monitor's refresh rate to 60 Hz.

If you've found another solution by switching to DVI, I would love to hear. Also, please try the Gruntmods edition of Dune 2000 and let me know if that works for you. And your English is pretty good! bigsmile

The Poxjox · 13-08-2015 · 22:31 CET · [#]
I've indeed read the Dune2k forum and tried both changning to 8- bit and to 60 hz refresh rate (which I allready used, tried others aswell but without success). But when I switched to 8-bit the screen (in game playing campagin mode) was fine and as it should be, BUT, the screen instead got discoloured, the graphics messed up mad . Also tried switching to VGA and DVI cables without anything changing. Kinda sucks. Suppose I'll have to wait for EA to get nostalgic and create some HD verison of Dune 2000....
But I actually found one solution. Or rather found an old computer to play the game on, with Win XP (not sure if 32 bit or 64 bit...). The menu is still not right, but when in game playing the campaing in 8-bit mode on the older computer, the graphics don't get discoloured. So that will have to do for me. Hope someone finds a better soulution. Thanks anyways for quick response!
The Poxjox · 13-08-2015 · 22:34 CET · [#]
(Btw, my graphics card had no input for VGA, so I used the displayport instead and a adapters.)
The Poxjox · 13-08-2015 · 22:38 CET · [#]
Also did try the gruntmods edition, but no luck there either... mad Does someone perhaps have the 1.06 patch? Found mirrors but all was down...

DOSGamers · @DOSGamers · 14-08-2015 · 09:24 CET · [#]
The discoloured display also appears here after setting display setting to 8-bit. Other than that, no problems. Weird thing. I run Win7 64 with quite recent hardware (AMD 7850, DVI, latest drivers)

1.06 Patch is here. You'll probably need a no-cd patch too: after patching to 1.06 the game needs a cd again. The Gruntmods edition has also been patched with all relevant patches (so they say), so I guess the 1.06 patch doesn't help much either...

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