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PostSubject: Installing NWN1 for Win7/vista including patch links for all OS.    Thu May 31, 2012 11:48 am

UPDATED 30th October 2011

There are two main ways to put NWN onto a windows 7 or Vista machine.

If you have a new machine as well as your old machine and a home network or flash drive etc and simply want to transfer your nwn to the new machine, then the easiest thing to do is use windows explorer to copy from the old machine to the new, and then delete it from the old machine. You keep all your settings and everything using this method. ( Only usethis method if your NWN is patched and working perfectly)

1. On the win 7 machine, use windows explorer to find your NWN install on your old machine and drag and drop the complete nwn folder to c drive on your new machine.
2. In the nwn folder find nwnmain.exe and nwn.exe.
3. Right click on these and select properties. Set them to run with full permissions, as administrator and under compatibility mode windows XP service pack 2 or 3. (If your old machine was vista, then this has probably already been done, but check anyway!)
4. (If you want a desktop shortcut) Right click on nwnmain.exe and create a shortcut. Drag and drop this to your desktop.
5. Update your drivers for video and sound. (go to the manufacturers of your cards' support pages. Laptop support pages can be very behind the times)



If you wish to install from the disk(s) or from GOG or from Impulse

1. Install game using a custom install. When you are given the path to the install folder, change the path using the browse folder button so that it is NOT installed in 'programs (x86)', but directly on C drive. Do not make any shortcuts during the install process.
2. (Diamond edition disc only) Run the patch on the disk.
3. (Disk install only) Go to the patch page (link currently not working. See updates below for patch links) and download the correct 1.69 critical rebuild and install it. (Both GOG and Impulse versions are correctly patched).
4. Open NWN folder and find nwnmain.exe and nwn.exe.
5. Right click on these and select properties. Set them to run with full permissions, as administrator and under compatibility mode windows XP service pack 2 or 3.
6. (If you want a desktop shortcut) Right click on nwnmain.exe and create a shortcut. Drag and drop this to your desktop.
7. Update your drivers for video and sound. (go to the manufacturers of your cards' support pages. Laptop support pages can be very behind the times)

Good Luck smilie

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UPDATE1: FOR WINDOWS HotU needing1.69

If you are having trouble finding a patch then this link is currently working. files.bioware.com/neverwinternights/updates/windows/english/NWNEnglish1.69HotUUpdate.exe

UPDATE 2: With kudos and thanks to Skildron, a complete list of patch links FOR LINUX USERS

Skildron wrote...

These are the download links for the latest NWN Linux client patches and resource files:

English patch 1.69 for NWN with HotUhttp://files.bioware.com/neverwinternights/updates/linux/169/English_linuxclient169_xp2.tar.gz
English patch 1.69 for NWN with SoUhttp://files.bioware.com/neverwinternights/updates/linux/169/English_linuxclient169_xp1.tar.gz
English patch 1.69 for plain NWNhttp://files.bioware.com/neverwinternights/updates/linux/169/English_linuxclient169_orig.tar.gz

German patch 1.68 for NWN with HotUhttp://files.bioware.com/neverwinternights/updates/linux/168/German_linuxclient168_xp2.tar.gz
German patch 1.68 for NWN with SoUhttp://files.bioware.com/neverwinternights/updates/linux/168/German_linuxclient168_xp1.tar.gz
German patch 1.68 for plain NWNhttp://files.bioware.com/neverwinternights/updates/linux/168/German_linuxclient168_orig.tar.gz

French patch 1.68 for NWN with HotUhttp://files.bioware.com/neverwinternights/updates/linux/168/French_linuxclient168_xp2.tar.gz
French patch 1.68 for NWN with SoUhttp://files.bioware.com/neverwinternights/updates/linux/168/French_linuxclient168_xp1.tar.gz
French patch 1.68 for plain NWNhttp://files.bioware.com/neverwinternights/updates/linux/168/French_linuxclient168_orig.tar.gz

Linux client Files for plain NWN 1.29 http://files.bioware.com/neverwinternights/updates/linux/nwclient129.tar.gz

Linux client files for 1.62 international http://files.bioware.com/neverwinternights/updates/linux/nwclienthotuintl.tar.gz

German resource files for V1.29 http://files.bioware.com/neverwinternights/updates/linux/nwgerman129.tar.gz

French resource files for V1.29 http://files.bioware.com/neverwinternights/updates/linux/nwfrench129.tar.gz





UPDATE 3: With kudos and thanks to Skildron, a complete list of patch links FOR MAC USERS

Skildron wrote...

Here are the download links for Mac patches:
English patch 1.69 for NWN with HotU http://files.bioware.com/neverwinternights/updates/mac/169/XP2Mac169_English.zip
English patch 1.69 for NWN with SoU http://files.bioware.com/neverwinternights/updates/mac/169/XP1Mac169_English.zip
English patch 1.69 for plain NWN http://files.bioware.com/neverwinternights/updates/mac/169/NWNMac169_English.zip

German patch 1.68 for NWN with HotU http://files.bioware.com/neverwinternights/updates/mac/168/XP2Mac168_German.zip
German patch 1.68 for NWN with SoU http://files.bioware.com/neverwinternights/updates/mac/168/XP1Mac168_German.zip
German patch 1.68 for plain NWN http://files.bioware.com/neverwinternights/updates/mac/168/NWNMac168_German.zip

French patch 1.68 for NWN with HotU http://files.bioware.com/neverwinternights/updates/mac/168/XP2Mac168_French.zip
French patch 1.68 for NWN with SoU http://files.bioware.com/neverwinternights/updates/mac/168/XP1Mac168_French.zip
French patch 1.68 for plain NWNhttp://files.bioware.com/neverwinternights/updates/mac/168/NWNMac168_French.zip

Greetings
Skildron



UPDATE 4 : With Kudos and thanks to Lightfoot8. FOR WINDOWS INSTALLS NEEDING 1.69

Lightfoot8 wrote...
Critical rebuild downloads for the final patch (1.69). These are for the English game running under Windows.

If Hordes of the Underdark is installed http://files.bioware.com/neverwinternights/updates/windows/english/NWNEnglish1.69HotUUpdate.exe
If Shadows of Undrentide is installed, but Hordes of the Underdark is not http://files.bioware.com/neverwinternights/updates/windows/english/NWNEnglish1.69SoUUpdate.exe
If neither expansion is installed http://files.bioware.com/neverwinternights/updates/windows/english/NWNEnglish1.69OrigUpdate.exe




UPDATE 5: With thanks and kudos to Lightfoot8, Dialog.tlk links . (Mostly needed by users of non english language versions.)

Lightfoot8 wrote...

- dialog.tlk for NWN English 1.69 (zip file, 3.1 MB) http://files.bioware.com/neverwinternights/dialog/english/NWNEnglish1.69dialog.zip

- dialog.tlk for NWN German 1.68 (zip file, 6.9 MB) http://files.bioware.com/neverwinternights/dialog/german/NWNGerman1.68dialog.zip

- dialog.tlk for NWN French 1.68 (zip file, 6.5 MB) http://files.bioware.com/neverwinternights/dialog/french/NWNFrench1.68dialog.zip

- dialog.tlk for NWN Italian 1.68 (zip file, 6.4 MB) http://files.bioware.com/neverwinternights/dialog/italian/NWNItalian1.68dialog.zip

- dialog.tlk for NWN Spanish 1.68 (zip file, 6.4 MB) http://files.bioware.com/neverwinternights/dialog/spanish/NWNSpanish1.68dialog.zip

- dialog.tlk for NWN Japanese 1.68 (zip file, 6.0 MB) http://files.bioware.com/neverwinternights/dialog/japanese/NWNJapanese1.68dialog.zip

- dialog.tlk for NWN Korean 1.66 (zip file, 6.4 MB) http://files.bioware.com/neverwinternights/dialog/korean/NWNKorean1.66dialog.zip

- dialog.tlk for NWN Polish 1.67 (zip file, 3.3 MB) http://files.bioware.com/neverwinternights/dialog/polish/NWNPolish1.67dialog.zip



UPDATE 6: With thanks and kudos to Skildron. Dialog.tlk advice for non-english language versions. Links to1.69 dialog.tlk for French and German users

The 1.69 patch never got released for languages other than English, so you will have to go with the English patch for 1.69. Then download the community provided 1.69 dialog.tlk French version http://nwvault.ign.com/View.php?view=Other.Detail&id=1332 or German version http://nwvault.ign.com/View.php?view=Hakpaks.Detail&id=7561 and replace the English version provided by the 1.69 patch - et voilĂ !

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If these links fail then Coolty3000 has kindly set up an NWVault page of links.

NWVault page for crtical rebuilds http://nwvault.ign.com/View.php?view=Other.Detail&id=1505

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...and the in-progress, new nwn community home page http://www.neverwinternights.info/ by Amethyst Dragon has links under the PLAYERS section.

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GENERAL TROUBLESHOOTING ADVICE FROM THE COMMUNITY

All users: All issues.

Get the latest drivers for both video AND sound. Don't miss this out, it's vital.

Both AMD and nVidea have recently released drivers which are reported as being far superior to any before for NWN.

Realtek sound devices have a notorious reputation for causing issues. The latest drivers do make a HUGE difference.

All windows users: All issues.

Note on the compatibility tab under properties: The options "Disable visual themes", "Disable desktop composition" and "Disable display scaling" may improve
your performance or help troubleshoot issues. It depends on your exact
setup. Most users can leave these alone, but experimenting with them
shoudn't harm your machine.

All users: stuttering/low FPS

1. turn off Shiny water in the video options setting


Vista users: For any performance issue/crashing

1. Find nwnplayer.ini in your main install folder (which should be c:/neverwinter nights/nwn ) and open it with notepad.
2. Find the line "Client CPU Affinity=0" in the "[Game Options]" section.
3. Change the "0" to "1"
4. If that doesn't work, experiment with different values in the same line. I have seen lots of different numbers given as advice and one of our vista computers needed it set to -2, but BW reccommends 1.

nVidea users: Stuttering/low FPS

1. Go to nVidea control panel and turn off (or experiment if it is already off) Threaded Optimization.

ATI users: Stuttering/ low FPS

1. Go to catalyst control centre and experiment with settings on the AI.
(Turning it off sometimes helps FPS but may make your character disappear. You can re-enable your character visuals ingame by turning "show environmental effects on character" off.

Brand new windows computers

1. Check if you have direct X 9 installed. http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=35

Win7/Vista users: Any issue

Pstemarie wrote...

Shia, one thing you might want to add is disabling User Account Control (UAC) before installing. Microsoft recommends doing this for both Win 7 and Vista users that intend to run software designed for XP on the new platforms.

http://files.bioware.com/neverwinternights/updates/windows/english/NWNEnglish1.69HotUUpdate.exehttp://files.bioware.com/neverwinternights/updates/linux/169/English_linuxclient169_xp2.tar.gz
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