Mechcommander Gold on Windows 7

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Mechcommander Gold can be run on Windows 7 but you’ll likely have to follow a few steps to ensure it works on your machine. The first issue is installation, as the game uses a 16bit installer which is unsupported on 64 bit operating systems.

Freeware installation - Before you start, know that Mechcommander Gold has been released as freeware, so you can freely download ISOs for the game from the web. You can find freeware download links in the Mechcommander Gold freeware download post.

Installation from disc/ISO - Note you’ll still have to have the disc inserted or have the ISO mounted to run the game, unless you find a no-cd executable for the game:

  • Windows 7/Vista 32 bit – If simply running setup from the disc/ISO doesn’t work right away, right click on your cd/iso and select explore. Then set the following files to run in Windows 95 compatibility mode and attempt the installation again:
    _ISDL.exe
    CPUID.exe
    SETUP.exe
  • Windows 7/Vista 64 bit – 64 bit Windows does not support 16 bit installers such as the one for Mechcommander gold. There is a workaround though – create a directory named MCG (name is unimportant) and then manually copy the entire contents of your MCG disc/iso into this folder and start the game using MCX.EXE in your new directory.

Compatibility - To ensure that you don’t run into some common crashes and bugs associated with the game on Windows 7 you’ll want to follow these additional steps:

  • Create a shortcut to MCX.exe (if you don’t have one already).
  • Add the following compatibility tab settings to your MCX.exe shortcut:
    • Run this program in compatibility mode Windows 95
    • Run in 256 colors.
    • Disable desktop composition (to get around the corrupted textures glitch)
    • Run this program as an administrator
  • Run the game from the shortcut

If you’ve followed the above steps and are still having issues running Mechcommander Gold on Windows 7, please post in the comments below. To increase your chances of a solution being found include as much detail as possible (which version of the game you’re running, what operating system you have, what video card you have and steps to reproduce the issue). Screenshots are also very useful!

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    trent
    March 13, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    simply alt plus enter when this problem occurs, and do it twice. Google mechcommander forum for people who will help you.

    the problem still occur after i try do it over and over again

      Can you be more specific? Which version on Windows are you on, and what error messages if any are you getting?

    I have the issue and have tried both above fixes. It’s in game as well, windowed mode works fine though. Using W7 ultimate 64 bit.

      Which issue are you referring to? I’ve updated the post to include some recommended compatibility settings when running the game that might fix a lot of potential issues.

    Byor Darconis
    February 24, 2014 at 6:29 am

    I dont have a problem with the launcher, it installs fine, the game playes the opening cinema fine,and when i start the missions, the briefings are fine. its just that when i click “start mission” the entire game crashes before it even starts to load the mission. help?

      Hmm I haven’t heard of this error before. Some questions:

      1. Do you get any error messages after the crash?
      2. What version of Windows 7 are you using?
      3. Are you running MCG with Windows 95 compatibility, 256 colours and run as admin selected?
      Travis
      April 9, 2014 at 5:24 pm

      Where you able to fix this?

      I just updated the writeup a bit. Depending on where you got it from you likely still have to have the disc inserted to run the game.

      Most freeware download sites give you an ISO so you can just mount that and it will recognize it as your game disc. If you don’t want to do that, find a no-cd exe for the game and replace your original MCX.exe with the no-cd exe and run the game using that.

    Hannibal_805
    March 17, 2014 at 1:30 am

    Followed all the steps and anytime I enter full screen the textures all become corrupt once again. Nothing I do seems to change it, and playing it in a tiny window doesn’t really seem to be a viable option. Any help would be appreciated.

      Hopefully you won’t have to play in windowed mode. I have a few questions for you:

      1. Which version of Windows are you on?
      2. Are you running the game from the shortcut with at least ‘Disable desktop composition‘ enabled? Without this option selected I get corrupted textures every time I start the game.
      3. Have you tried starting a mission? While really annoying, I haven’t heard of these texture glitches affecting the actual gameplay, just the menu.
    Hannibal_805
    March 17, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Sure. Like I said I followed all your steps.

    I’m running Enterprise Windows 7×64 bit from the shortcut that you instructed to create with the necessary compatibility settings. And yeah I’ve tried to start the first mission quite a few times to test it and every time the corrupt textures carry over to the actual game.

    Hannibal_805
    March 17, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Thanks in advance for the help.

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