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The following guides to installing Realms of the Haunting on Windows XP and Vista are courtesy of the unofficial RotH fansite. They are directly copied from the website as a means of preservation. No copyright infringement intended.

Installation via DOSBox and D.O.G.Edit

DownloadsEdit

Installing DosBox and D.O.G.Edit

You are now ready to install DosBox so execute the DosBox file you just downloaded. After accepting the license you have to choose a directory. You can use any directory you like but for simplicity we now assume that you install DosBox in the directory c:\dosbox Open the Start menu now and look for the newly created entry for DosBox. Click on DosBox-?.?? > Video > Install Movie Codec. This allows you to capture video from within the game by pressing Ctrl+Alt+F5.

Now execute the DOG executable you just downloaded. Install it in c:\dosbox\dog Start a new explorer window and navigate to c:\dosbox\dog and double-click on the DOG.exe file. You are now asked if you wish to configure a DosBox version. Confirm this by clicking on Yes. Just click on the "Select" button in the next window and browse to c:\dosbox and double-click on the dosbox.exe file. Click OK to confirm. You can now see the D.O.G. main window.

Creating a DosBox Profile: GeneralEdit

Click on "Profiles" > New profile. Insert the first ROTH disc into you CD-ROM drive. Enter a Profile Name, e.g. "Realms Of The Haunting". You can see two tabs, once called "Setup". Click on it, click on the select button and browse for the install.exe file on your CD-ROM drive. Double-click on the install.exe. Now click on the select button near the field "Conf Filename", type "roth" and press ENTER (assuming that you already are in the conf directory of the D.O.G. installation, if not, browse there).

Creating a DosBox Profile: Sound SettingsEdit

Now select "Sound" in the navigation on the left. Then click on "Gravis UltraSound". Uncheck the checkbox "Enable Gravis UltraSound".

Creating a DosBox Profile: Console SettingsEdit

Click on "DosBox" now and then on "Console". Select "Higher" under "Focused Thread Priority".

Creating a DosBox Profile: Drive SettingsEdit

Click on "Drives" and again "Drives". Click on "Add CDROM". Click on the "..." button in the field "Drive Folder" and select your CD-ROM drive there, e.g. "D:\". Select "D:\" as the "DosBox Drive". Then click on "OK".

Click on "Add Harddrive" and select the drive where you wish to install ROTH, e.g. "C:\". Select "C:\" as the DosBox drive.

Then click on "OK".

Creating a DosBox Profile: CPU SettingsEdit

Now click on "CPU" and once again on "CPU". Choose "Dynamic (May be unstable)" under "Core".

Creating a DosBox Profile: Memory SettingsEdit

Click on "DOS" and then on "Memory". Select "63MB" for "High Memory Allocated". #

Creating a DosBox Profile: Screen SettingsEdit

Click on "Screen" and then "Screen Settings". Select "Original Resolution" for both "Full Screen Resolution" and "Window Resolution". Select "Overlay" as output device on the right.

Now click on "Scaler" and select "No scaler". Click on OK to create the profile.

Installing ROTHEdit

Depending on your ROTH version the installation process might be a bit different.

Right-click on the new profile that was just created and select "Run Setup". You should now - after a few seconds - see the installation screen. Press any key to continue. Select "Maximum Installation" and press ENTER. Select the path where you want to install ROTH. Please note that you can only select the harddrive you selected before and that the directory name must not exceed 8 characters and must not contain and spaces.

After pressing ENTER you need to press another key for the installation to begin. When the installation finishes you will hear a short beep. Press any key now and select "Select Sound Device". Press any key again to proceed and select "Yes" when you are asked if setup should try to auto-detect the sound device. The soundcard should be detected as "Sound Blaster 16".

Confirm it by selecting "Yes" and confirm the sound test. You should hear a short sound. Select "No" in the "Adjust Settings" dialog. When asked if the device should be used for music select "no" and select "General Midi" and confirm the default settings. You should hear a music when confirming the sound test. Select "No" in the "Adjust Settings" dialog. Proceed to "Exit" until you see the DOS prompt. Type "exit" and press ENTER.

Configuring the ROTH GameEdit

You are now ready to configure the installed game. In the D.O.G. main window once again right-click on the entry and select "Edit Profile". Within the "exe" tab click on the "Select" button and browse for the realms.bat file in the directory you installed ROTH in, e.g. c:\ROTH\realms.bat and double-click on it in the file dialog. Confirm the selection with ok.

Starting ROTHEdit

Start ROTH by right-clicking on the entry in the D.O.G. main window and select "Run Game". ROTH should now be started in a window. If you wish to play it in fullscreen mode simply press Alt+Enter to switch between fullscreen and windowed mode.

Configuring VGA resolutionEdit

Depending on your version you may be able to select VGA resolution in the game settings, however if you do not have that option follow the instructions below.

You will notice that ROTH has been started in a low resolution. To play ROTH with full 640x480 resolution you first have to make ROTH create the roth.ini file. When you see the main window with the ROTH menu select "Settings" and change a value, e.g. turn subtitles off. Return to the main menu and quit the game. Close the window by typing "exit". In the ROTH installation directory (c:\ROTH) a new file, roth.ini has been created. Double.click on it to open it with a text editor and change these settings: Before: VideoMode=0 ViewSize=2

Afterwards: VideoMode=8 ViewSize=0

Now save the file, quit the editor and restart ROTH via the D.O.G. window. ROTH should be running in full 640x480 resolution. Feel free to switch to fullscreen by pressing Alt+Enter.

To get your mouse pointer out of the Dosbox you can press the WINDOWS key.

Capturing Screenshots, Videos and SoundsEdit

Everything you capture is by default saved in the Capture directory within your ROTH directory, e.g. c:\roth\capture. To start/stop capturing a video press Ctrl+Alt+F5. To take a screenshot (PNG) press Ctrl+F5. To start/stop recording sound as a WAV file press Ctrl+F6. To pause DosBox press Alt+Pause. To kill DosBox press Ctrl+F9.

Performance ImprovementsEdit

You should deactivate your virus scanner when playing the game. The more CPU power your PC has the better the framerate. Don´t wonder if the game becomes slow when capturing video as in that case the game is running, each screen is captured and compressed and saved to disk which uses a high amount of CPU power.

To improve performance you should try out different settings in the areas CPU and Screen in the D.O.G. settings.

Installation on a Virtual PCEdit

Don't try to install ROTH on Windows XP or Vista directly. To make sure everything works as in the original game without any problems you need to install Microsoft Virtual PC which is available for free from Microsoft.

Please note: You need to have an installation CD for Windows 98 (including a license key) to follow the instructions and to play the game. You may also install Windows 95 but this is not described in this article.

To play Realms Of The Haunting on Windows XP or Windows Vista you need to install Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 which you can download here.

After you have finished installing download a bootable virtual machine here (provided by http://vpc.essjae.com).

Unzip that file and note the location where you unzipped the file. Start Microsoft VirtualPC and click on the "New" button. Click "Next" and select "Add an existing virtual machine"and click "Next" again. Browse to the location where you unzipped the WIN98SE.zip file, click "Open", then click "Next" and then click "Finish".

You may adjust any settings (like using 128MB RAM instead of the default 64MB) and click "OK" afterwards. You now need to insert your Windows 98 CD into your CD/DVD drive. Now start the virtual machine by right-clicking on "Win98SE Package" in the Virtual PC console and selecting "Start". Let the virtual machine boot to the A:\ prompt. Make sure your ISO/CD-ROM is captured, i.e. the CD icon should be lit up. If not, right click and capture the host CD-ROM drive where the disc is located.

If you are stuck in the VM press Alt Gr + Enter at the same time.

Enter d:\setup.exe and press Enter and follow the on-screen instructions to install Windows 98.

If the installation has almost finished Windows reboots but you will arrive at a:\ Click on the Disk menu and unmount "WIN98EBD.vfd". Then select "Ctrl+Alt+Del" from the Actions menu.

Installing ROTHEdit

Now insert your Realms Of The Haunting CD number 1 into the CD/DVD drive. If your CD ROM drive is not usable in the VM use the CD menu to enable it. Now open drive D: in Explorer and double-click on the MS DOS install symbol to install ROTH. Depending on your ROTH version the installation process might be a bit different.

Right-click on the new profile that was just created and select "Run Setup". You should now - after a few seconds - see the installation screen. Press any key to continue. Select "Maximum Installation" and press ENTER. Select the path where you want to install ROTH. Please note that you can only select the harddrive you selected before and that the directory name must not exceed 8 characters and must not contain and spaces.

After pressing ENTER you need to press another key for the installation to begin. When the installation finishes you will hear a short beep. Press any key now and select "Select Sound Device". Press any key again to proceed and select "Yes" when you are asked if setup should try to auto-detect the sound device. The soundcard should be detected as "Sound Blaster 16".

Confirm it by selecting "Yes" and confirm the sound test. You should hear a short sound. Select "No" in the "Adjust Settings" dialog. When asked if the device should be used for music select "yes" and confirm the default settings. You should hear a music when confirming the sound test. Select "No" in the "Adjust Settings" dialog. Proceed to "Exit" until you see the DOS prompt. Type "exit" and press ENTER.

Starting ROTHEdit

Start ROTH by right-clicking on the Win95run icon in the directory where you installed ROTH. If you wish to play it in fullscreen mode simply press AltGr+Enter to switch between fullscreen and windowed mode.

Configuring VGA resolutionEdit

Depending on your version you may be able to select VGA resolution in the game settings, however if you do not have that option follow the instructions below.

You will notice that ROTH has been started in a low resolution. To play ROTH with full 640x480 resolution you first have to make ROTH create the roth.ini file. When you see the main window with the ROTH menu select "Settings" and change a value, e.g. turn subtitles off. Return to the main menu and quit the game. Close the window by typing "exit". In the ROTH installation directory (c:\ROTH) a new file, roth.ini has been created. Double.click on it to open it with a text editor and change these settings: Before: VideoMode=0 ViewSize=2

Afterwards: VideoMode=8 ViewSize=0

Now save the file, quit the editor and restart ROTH. ROTH should be running in full 640x480 resolution. Feel free to switch to fullscreen by pressing Alt+Enter.

Full install on HD - no more CD swappingEdit

  • The following guide has been compiled by Tom Spencer (Spee2k8).
  1. Make a folder called "hd" in the same emulated hard disk that DOSBOX is using for ROTH.... e.g if DOSBOX mounted e:\dosboxhd as its C drive then Roth will be in "e:\dosboxhd\ROTH" so put hd in as "e:\dosboxhd\hd"
  2. Copy the entire contents of CD1 to the "hd" folder
  3. Then move onto CD2, 3 and 4 (CD's 2, 3 and 4 have the same folders and some of the same files as CD1) ignore everything on these disks apart from the GDV folder (this contains all the movie files) copy the contents of each GDV folder from 2, 3 and 4 into the hd folder's GDV folder, you will be asked if you want to replace "TUNNWARP.GDV" for each disk just say no as its already in GDV from CD1.
  4. Go to the hd folder you have made and open up the DATA folder, then open "FILELIST.TXT" in notepad, skip past DISK1's list and goto "DISK2". Remove the lines in DISK2's list that say "dbase300.dat" , "dbase500.dat" and "tunnwarp.gdv". Do the same for DISK's 3 and 4 list's. Please be sure you do not have any repeating file names throughout the entire file! (I used notepad's find and replace function and just replaced with a space then just took out the blank lines afterwards). Do make sure you have ONE and only one of each of the following in the file "dbase300.dat" , "dbase500.dat" and "tunnwarp.gdv". Then remove the words, "DISK2={", "DISK3={" and "DISK4={", also make sure you remove the closing "}" for each disk apart from the very last one at the end of the list. You should now have a long continuous list of files starting with "DISK1={" and ending in "}" (i.e there should only be one "{" at the beginning next to "DISK1=" and one "}" at the end of the list, in the entire file). Make sure you save this file using notepad (File -> Save).
  5. Almost done.... Now go into the ROTH folder that was installed while setting up the game in DOSBOX (That would be "E:\dosboxhd\ROTH" if "E:\dosboxhd" is your DOSBOX emulated C drive). Open up "CONFIG.INI" in notepad and change "SourcePath" from "D:\" to "C:\hd". Click file and save in notepad and close the file.
  6. (Optional) Now ROTH no longer needs a CD drive to run the game you can remove it from the "Realms of the Haunting.conf" file created while setting up DOSBOX, the D.O.G front end and ROTH from the previous guide. To do this simply remove the line that reads "mount d "l:\" -ioctl -t cdrom" from the [autoexec] section towards the bottom of the file ("l:\" is my CD drive this will probably be different for you). Remember to click file and save in the notepad, then close. (Another way to make this change would be to remove the CD drive in the D.O.G front end and save the profile)


  • Here's another, slightly simplified version of this guide, quoted from and courtesy of World 1-1.
  1. In Windows, go to the directory where you had installed Realms of the Haunting under DOSBox. For the purposes of this instruction, I picked G: as my “C:” drive under DOSBox, so I would find my installation under my G: drive.
  2. The root directory should look like this: INTRPLAY\ROTH
  3. Under the ROTH folder, make another folder called HD
  4. Copy all of the first game CD into the HD folder. You’ll notice that it will also copy over a folder called GDV. Remember that folder!
  5. Once that is done, put in Disc 2.
  6. Right click on Disc 2 and Explore
  7. You should see a folder called GDV. Double click on it to open the folder.
  8. The GDV folder is filled with a lot of files that end in GDV. Those are the movie files.
  9. Select all of the movie files and copy them into the GDV folder that was created when you copied Disc 1 to the ROTH\HD directory. Repeat the same step with the other discs until done. Don’t overwrite any files! Just skip them when it asks.
  10. Now here comes the tricky part. You’ll need to alter two files to get this to work.
  11. Go to the directory INTRPLAY\ROTH\HD\DATA and find a file called FILELIST.TXT. This tells the program where to find the movie files. Double click on it to open it up. Use Notepad if you can.
  12. You’ll notice that the file has separated the movies into sections in accordance with the discs they are found on with these: { }. Since all the movies are on the disc, it won’t need that kind of formatting anymore. So…
  13. In the sections for Disc 2, 3, and 4, you’ll need to remove the following lines:
    dbase300.dat
    dbase500.dat
    tunnwarp.gdv
  14. Now, we’ll need to convince the game that everything is on Disc 1. So, you’ll also need to remove the following:
    DISK2={
    DISK3={
    DISK4={
    …along with the closing brackets for each section, leaving only one at the very bottom!
    You should now have one seamless list of movie files. If you need a helping hand, here’s the one from my game for reference. And here’s a link back to the fan site if you want to go that way instead.
  15. We’re almost done, by the way! One more file to edit, and this one is found in INTRPLAY\ROTH and is named CONFIG.INI.
  16. Find the line called “SourcePath” and change it so that it points to “C:” instead. So, the line should read:
    SourcePath=C:\INTRPLAY\ROTH\HD
    …which is mine.

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