Princess MeowsePad's Ultimate Windows 10 Arcanum Tutorial



NOTE: Although this guide is for Windows 10, it will also work for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Windows 10, however, is especially tricky when it comes to getting Arcanum working. Also, many of the patches used to get Arcanum working well come from a site called Terra-Arcanum. Please consider disabling your ad blocker when you visit Terra-Arcanum; the site relies on donations and ad revenue to survive, and it is one of the last comprehensive sources of Arcanum content on the Internet. If you ever have any questions about this tutorial, feel free to contact me via e-mail or the forums.


There are currently three possible ways to obtain Arcanum: CD, GOG, and Steam. Each version has a slightly different setup, so please refer to the proper guide below.

CD Version

1. Insert your CD (or mount your ISO) and start the setup process. If autoplay fails, you can run the setup file manually. The easiest way to do this on the default Windows 10 is to hit the Windows Logo and X on your keyboard, click "File Explorer," go to "This PC" on the left-hand side of the screen, and open "CD Drive" or "DVD Drive." The setup file will be in the disk's root directory.
2. Proceed through the setup normally. You will need to insert your play disc (or mount your ISO for it) to complete the setup. By default, the CD version will install to C:\Sierra\Arcanum. If your primary hard drive has a different drive letter or you installed it to a secondary hard drive, you may need to change the path in some of the other steps.
3. Once Arcanum is installed, you need to install the 1.0.7.4 patch Click here to download it from Terra-Arcanum. Just download the installer for the 1.0.7.4 patch and run it. Be wary that if you installed Arcanum to a different path than the default, you will need to change it so that the installer can locate your installation.
4. After the 1.0.7.4 patch is installed, you will want to install the UAP (Unofficial Arcanum Patch) by Drog Black Tooth. It fixes many of the bugs with vanilla Arcanum, many of which are game-breaking. Click here to download the UAP from Terra-Arcanum. Be wary that if you installed Arcanum to a different path than the default, you will need to change it so that the installer can locate your installation.
5. On modern systems, the High Resolution Patch by Drog Black Tooth is vital for the optimal experience. Click here to download it from Terra-Arcanum. Be wary that if you installed it to a different path than the default, you will need to change it so that the installer can locate your installation. It will guide you through the setup process. Make sure that you set the resolution for the game to your monitor's native resolution.
6. If you haven't already, create a shortcut to the Arcanum.exe file that you will use to launch the game. If you need to navigate to the game's folder, it is located at C:\Sierra\Arcanum\Arcanum.exe by default. Once you create your shortcut, right-click on it and hit "Properties." In the "target" field, add the following command line arguments to the end:

-doublebuffer -no3d -scrollfps:70

The target line will read as follows:

"C:\Sierra\Arcanum\Arcanum.exe" -doublebuffer -no3d -scrollfps:70

These command line arguments will make playing the game a much smoother experience.
7. To make the game run even more smoothly, it is important to obtain the Wine DLLs and place them in your Arcanum directory. Click here to download them. Once you have downloaded the archive, extract it to C:\Sierra\Arcanum. If you installed it to a different directory than the default, be sure to adjust it accordingly. If it prompts you to overwrite any files, go ahead and confirm it. This should place three DLL files (ddraw.dll, libwine.dll, and wined3d.dll) in your main Arcanum directory (i.e. the same directory as your Arcanum.exe file).
8. Once you have completed all the steps, fire up Arcanum and enjoy a smooth experience on your modern version of Windows!

GOG Version

1. When you purchase Arcanum via GOG, you have to download a setup file through GOG's site. Download that and open it.
2. Proceed through the setup normally. The GOG version should install to C:\GOG Games\Arcanum by default. If your primary hard drive has a different drive letter or you installed it to a secondary hard drive, you may need to change the path in some of the other steps. The GOG version includes the 1.0.7.4 patch, so you do not need to download and install that!
3. You will want to install the UAP (Unofficial Arcanum Patch) by Drog Black Tooth. It fixes many of the bugs with vanilla Arcanum, many of which are game-breaking. Click here to download the UAP from Terra-Arcanum. You will most likely need to change the path to C:\GOG Games\Arcanum (or wherever else you may have installed it) so that it can find your installation.
4. On modern systems, the High Resolution Patch by Drog Black Tooth is vital for the optimal experience. Click here to download it from Terra-Arcanum. You will most likely need to change the path to C:\GOG Games\Arcanum (or wherever else you may have installed it) so that it can find your installation. It will guide you through the setup process. Make sure that you set the resolution for the game to your monitor's native resolution.
5. If you haven't already, create a shortcut to the Arcanum.exe file that you will use to launch the game. If you need to navigate to the game's folder, it is located at C:\GOG Games\Arcanum\Arcanum.exe by default. Once you create your shortcut, right-click on it and hit "Properties." In the "target" field, add the following command line arguments to the end:

-doublebuffer -no3d -scrollfps:70

The target line will read as follows:

"C:\GOG Games\Arcanum\Arcanum.exe" -doublebuffer -no3d -scrollfps:70

These command line arguments will make playing the game a much smoother experience.
6. To make the game run even more smoothly, it is important to obtain the Wine DLLs and place them in your Arcanum directory. Click here to download them. Once you have downloaded the archive, extract it to C:\GOG Games\Arcanum. If you installed it to a different directory than the default, be sure to adjust it accordingly. If it prompts you to overwrite any files, go ahead and confirm it. This should place three DLL files (ddraw.dll, libwine.dll, and wined3d.dll) in your main Arcanum directory (i.e. the same directory as your Arcanum.exe file).
7. Once you have completed all the steps, fire up Arcanum and enjoy a smooth experience on your modern version of Windows!

Steam Version

1. Purchase and install Arcanum through Steam.
2. Once Arcanum is installed, you need to install the 1.0.7.4 patch Click here to download it from Terra-Arcanum. Just download the installer for the 1.0.7.4 patch and run it. Be sure to change the path to C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Arcanum\Arcanum (or wherever else your Steam library may be located) so that it can find your installation.
4. After the 1.0.7.4 patch is installed, you will want to install the UAP (Unofficial Arcanum Patch) by Drog Black Tooth. It fixes many of the bugs with vanilla Arcanum, many of which are game-breaking. Click here to download the UAP from Terra-Arcanum. Be sure to change the path to C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Arcanum\Arcanum (or wherever else your Steam library may be located) so that it can find your installation.
5. On modern systems, the High Resolution Patch by Drog Black Tooth is vital for the optimal experience. Click here to download it from Terra-Arcanum. Be sure to change the path to C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Arcanum\Arcanum (or wherever else your Steam library may be located) so that it can find your installation. It will guide you through the setup process. Make sure that you set the resolution for the game to your monitor's native resolution.
6. Navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Arcanum on your hard drive and open up the SierraLauncher.ini file with Notepad. Find the line that reads as follows:

Game1Cmd=

Modify it so that it reads:

Game1Cmd=-no3d -doublebuffer -scrollfps:70

These command line arguments will make playing the game a much smoother experience.
7. To make the game run even more smoothly, it is important to obtain the Wine DLLs and place them in your Arcanum directory. Click here to download them. Once you have downloaded the archive, extract it to C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Arcanum\Arcanum. If you installed it to a different directory than the default, be sure to adjust it accordingly. If it prompts you to overwrite any files, go ahead and confirm it. This should place three DLL files (ddraw.dll, libwine.dll, and wined3d.dll) in your main Arcanum directory (i.e. the same directory as your Arcanum.exe file).
8. Once you have completed all the steps, fire up Arcanum and enjoy a smooth experience via Steam on your modern version of Windows!

Special thanks to:
1. Terra-Arcanum for the numerous patches for Arcanum,
2. numerous users on the GOG.com forum for the WINE DLL solution, and
3. Troika for making such a wonderful game that is still fun to play over fifteen years later.

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