Solved: Jagged Alliance 2 – Wildfire won’t run on Windows 8 64bit

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Okay. So  apparently I bought or was gifted “Jagged Alliance 2 – Wildfire” some weeks or months ago on Steam. I didn’t remember that but I stumbled upon it on a boring evening and decided to play it. So I installed it on my Windows8 (64bits) and when I started it, the game immediately “has stopped working”, as Windows puts it so nicely.

Wow. It’s too late to ask for a refund now, I guess. And I actually want to play it. So my good buddy Google lead me to this thread on the Steam community, where I found a solution.

Here’s what I needed to do, to get JA2WF working:

Download WineD3D v1.1.37. Grab the .exe file (!) from here (and: Yes, this is not the most recent version. I tried the most recent version first, and it was missing a file, so use this one).

Download 7-Zip and install it, if you haven’t already (even my grandma has 7-Zip installed).

Now right click on the WineD3D .exe file, go to the 7-Zip submenu and extract the contents (sorry for the ugly German words on the following screenshot, just extract it anywhere).

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You’ll find three folders in the extracted contents. Go to the $SYSDIR folder, and copy all files within

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…and paste them into the root of your “Jagged Alliance 2 – Wildfire” folder. If your Steam library is in the default location, it will be “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\ja2_wildfire”, but this path depends on your Steam settings.

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Allright. That’s it. Try to start the game by double clicking the WF6.exe.

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