How to install & play
MechCommander Gold on
Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP & 98
I Explain how you can start Mech Commander Gold with an example system running
latest version of Windows 10 64-bit.
You will need these files to install Vanilla MCG-DM v1.8
The steps how to install MCG on Windows are the same
for Windows Editions 10, 8, 7, Vista & XP (32&64bit)
Step 1Mount the MCG *.ISO file as virtual drive - In my example all needed files are shown in an example standard "Download" folder each Windows Version has (with other menu design but all in all microsoft kept same graphical interface all the time.Just open on "Your Computer" at the top left of the desktop.
Step 2Open your Download folder!
Step 3Mounting the *.ISO file as virtual disk:You can see the three downloads above now. First right klick on the iso file. A subcontext menu on Windows 10/8/7 should appear offering mounting the iso on top as CD."Select Mount
Step 4Mounting it!
Step 5On the left explorer window you see a new virtual drive was added to your system. Now easy installing with CD? - Nope its not that easy. We need this mounted drive only to start and run the game via game exe file. We wont install it now regular way.Mounted Image of MechCommander Gold
Step 6Now create the Mech Commander Basic Vanilla Game Folder Open MCG Original *.7z file (on pic its a *.rar file).
Step 7Win ZIP now makes trouble? F***peeep* it its a bad programme in my eyes. I use Winrar. It is a free available Extract Programm for compressed files used mostly via Internet. After installing winrar the subcontext menu changes.
Step 8Open file with Winrar same way via subcontext menu after right klicking now. A new window will appear winrar asks for purchase skip that after skipped starting window of winrar it shows the datas in Original.7z like this:
Step 9Now create your own MechCommander Gold Game Folder: WinRar shows you now the game folder like in regular explorer we are just working in.Highlight the Original folder and Tell Winrar to extract these Files.
Step 10Enter your path here:WinRAR asks for the adress to place your Mech Commander Gold Game folder on your hard-drive.
Step 11 (optional)Now do the same you did with the game folder with my MCG Darkest Hours Files. When you want to play biggest MCG content and potential freedom for players ever. Open my version first with WinRAR so that its shown as regular folder. Go back to step 6!You see left side the Virtual Drive of Mech Commander Gold is still mounted. You can also take the original CD of the game then you dont need to use any *.ISO before, just start at Step 6.Start the game exe on the right side of pic 14. Choose the exe with the resolution you desire. On first start windows will install direct play if it wasn't before, now game starts and u only need to execute the exe with the resolution you desire next time u play (aslong disk is mounted). Keep in mind that the highest resolutions can cause game crashes during big missions. To workaround it start the same missions again in a lower resolution. The res I played through in test runs where 1024x768 & 1600x900. The bigger one crashes sometimes and the hud map display is shown wrong but game works. I recommend 1024X768. Better then original but still not to much so game can handle in all missions.
Step 12"Example in mission 1 of my campaign after starting on win10 with 1600x900 resolutionI recommend 1024x768 played with this through all missions without any crashes or problems."Mission 1 with high resolution played on Windows 10, 64bitIt is recommended to start MCG exe files with windows xp sp2 / (98) compability mode. Run exe files with 256 (65535) colors and 8/(16)bit.
_________________________My testing systems where three Windows XP computers, one Windows 98 SE and one system with Windows 10. Game works on all of them (64/32/16bit). But only on Win98 I could start installers & Editor and other software built around. On windows vista / xp u may need burning software or virtual clone drive in order to mount ISO. I hope this helps a lot people to find a way back to play one of the best existent retro-rts games which have been ever created. Mech Commander Gold takes place 83 in the list of the best computer games ever.Regards RizZ