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Posted by Odin

NT/WinXP users can get around the installer by manually installing the game themselves. Note however that you must have at least NT 4.0 with Service Pack 3 in order to play the game. Also, Fallout should work fine but was not tested very much under NT.

  1. First, create a folder for your game called fallout1/2 (ie c:\games\fallout1 or c:\games\fallout2).
  2. Copy (CDROM):\program\win\falloutw.___ (Fallout 1) or (CDROM):\program\win\fallout2.___ (Fallout 2) to the folder you created and rename it to falloutw.exe/fallout2.exe.
  3. Now you have four choices, depending on the installation size you want:
    • Small Installation: Do not copy anything else.

    • Medium Installation: Copy (CDROM):\master.dat (318MB) to your fallout folder (ie c:\games\fallout1 or c:\games\fallout2)

    • Big Installation: Copy Copy (CDROM):\master.dat (318MB) and (CDROM):\critter.dat (150MB) to your fallout folder (ie c:\games\fallout1 or c:\games\fallout2)

    • Humongous Installation: Copy Copy (CDROM):\master.dat (318MB), (CDROM):\critter.dat (150MB) and Copy the entire (CDROM):\data folder to your fallout folder (ie c:\games\fallout1 or c:\games\fallout2)
  4. Create a text file in c:\games\fallout1 or c:\games\fallout2 called fallout.cfg or fallout2.cfg and add the following line to it, depending on your installation/game:
    Fallout 1:
    • Small Installation:
      [system]
      master_dat=(CDROM):\master.dat
      critter_dat=(CDROM):\critter.dat
      [sound]
      music_path2=(CDROM):\data\sound\music
      free_space=0


    • Medium Installation:
      [system]
      master_dat=c:\games\fallout\master.dat
      critter_dat=(CDROM):\critter.dat
      [sound]
      music_path2=(CDROM):\data\sound\music
      free_space=0


    • Big Installation:
      [system]
      master_dat=c:\games\fallout\master.dat
      critter_dat=c:\games\fallout\critter.dat
      [sound]
      music_path2=(CDROM):\data\sound\music
      free_space=0


    • Humongous Installation:
      [system]
      master_dat=c:\games\fallout\master.dat
      critter_dat=c:\games\fallout\critter.dat
      [sound]
      music_path2=c:\games\fallout\data\sound\music
      free_space=0
    Fallout 2:
    • Small Installation:
      [sound]
      music_path2=(CDROM):\data\sound\music\

      [system]
      critter_dat=(CDROM):\critter.dat
      critter_patches=c:\games\fallout2\data
      master_dat=(CDROM):\master.dat
      master_patches=c:\games\fallout2\data

    • Medium Installation:
      [sound]
      music_path2=(CDROM):\data\sound\music\

      [system]
      critter_dat=(CDROM):\critter.dat
      critter_patches=c:\games\fallout2\data
      master_dat=c:\games\fallout2\master.dat
      master_patches=c:\games\fallout2\data

    • Big Installation:
      [sound]
      music_path2=(CDROM):\data\sound\music\

      [system]
      critter_dat=c:\games\fallout2\critter.dat
      critter_patches=c:\games\fallout2\data
      master_dat=c:\games\fallout2\master.dat
      master_patches=c:\games\fallout2\data

    • Humongous Installation:
      [sound]
      music_path1=c:\games\fallout2\data\sound\music\
      music_path2=(CDROM):\data\sound\music\

      [system]
      critter_dat=c:\games\fallout2\critter.dat
      critter_patches=c:\games\fallout2\data
      master_dat=c:\games\fallout2\master.dat
      master_patches=c:\games\fallout2\data

      NOTE German version:
      I just got word from fr33l that if you have the german version you also need to add:
      language=german
      under the [System] tab in the cfg file.

  5. Next install the official patches for Fallout 1 or Fallout 2, it's easiest just to unzip/unrar them into the Fallout 1/2 folder.
  6. Start the game by running the falloutw.exe or the fallout2.exe file.
You might have to enable the Compatibility mode to run the game, to do this:
  1. Make a shortcut to the falloutw.exe or fallout2.exe file
  2. Right click the shortcut, and select "Properties->Compatibility" and select either Win95,98
Enjoy!