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
Michael · 24-12-2013 · 10:14 CET · [#]
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. smile
Michael · 24-12-2013 · 10:18 CET · [#]
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 · 24-12-2013 · 14:32 CET · [#]

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 · [#]
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. smile 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 · 26-12-2013 · 14:22 CET · [#]

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 · [#]
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 · [#]
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 · 17-03-2014 · 10:02 CET · [#]
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 wink .
Ahmed · 20-03-2014 · 13:45 CET · [#]
the game installs properly but what should i do to remove the video flicker??
DOSGamers · @DOSGamers · 20-03-2014 · 14:22 CET · [#]

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.

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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