This guide will help you to make Diablo 2 and StarCraft work on Microsoft Windows Vista and also to solve the issue with the lack of widescreen support.

 

Or, would you like to play Diablo 2 or StarCraft in a custom resolution like 1024x769 or 1200x900? Everything is possible. Read on.

 

INSTALLING DIABLO 2 AND STARCRAFT ON WINDOWS VISTA

1.   let’s open the Run window – hit the Windows Key+R or go to Start Menu > Run

2.   type ‘regedit’ then click OK

3.   now we’re in the Registry Editor – navigate to
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Explorer\Shell Folders

4.   we have to make two new Strings – right click on the left side, select New > String Value

5.   name it ‘desktop’ with the value of C:\Users\%USERNAME%\Desktop\

6.   you might have to right click and choose Modify from the local menu to do this. Note that %USERNAME% is the user’s account name (if you’re not sure about this, click on the small avatar at the very top of the Start Menu and you’ll see the username on the right side of the window that has just opened)

7.   the second String should look like this
name: ‘programs’
value: C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

1.   you’ll get this

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2.   although with a few error messages, these two games can now be installed

INSTALLING DIABLO 2 AND STARCRAFT PATCH ON WINDOWS VISTA

1.   a random error may occur when installing a patch. Let’s solve it – navigate to
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Blizzard Entertainment\Starcraft
or
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Blizzard Entertainment\Diablo II
whichever isn’t working

2.   create a new String
name: InstallPath
value: C:\Program Files\Starcraft\
or
value: C:\Program Files\Diablo II\

3.   done, install the patch and have fun playing, or if you happen to have a widescreen monitor then you might want

TO RUN STARCRAFT IN A WINDOW

1.   download starcraft-in-a-window.rar

2.   extract the files to the StarCraft folder (most probably C:\Program Files\Starcraft\) then run DxWnd.exe

3.   select the second mode (StarCraft/Diablo I/WarCraft II)

4.   click Create Shortcut

5.   browse and find the startup file for StarCraft (StarCraft.exe)
it’s usually in C:\Program Files\Starcraft\

6.   choose a name and a location for your Shortcut

7.   now close DxWnd, navigate to your Shortcut file and run it
there you go, StarCraft in a window

OR HOW ABOUT RUNNING STARCRAFT OR DIABLO 2 (USING 3D WHILE HAVING PERSPECTIVE ON) IN A WINDOW WITH YOUR CUSTOM RESOLUTION?

1.   sure can do – download D3DWindower-English.rar

2.   extract in anywhere, then run D3DWindower-English.exe

3.   click Add Program (third button with the blue plus sign)

4.   find and load the startup file for StarCraft or Diablo II (if you’re running the latter from your hard drive as an image, you have to use this file instead – but first, make sure to install the expansion set (Lord of Destruction) with the latest 1.11b patch)
you can now see the .exe with the little icon in the list

5.   click on the game’s icon

6.   the last three buttons will light up – choose Settings... (next to last)

7.   on the Common tab you might want to change the resolution (this is optional, skip to 8. if you are happy with the normal resolutions)
the 0 you see now means that the game will run in the predefined size (640x480 for StarCraft and 640x480 or 800x600 for Diablo 2)
to change it, type in your custom resolution, but make sure to use the 4:3 ratio (e.g. 800x600 or 1024x768 etc.) but the other way around (3:4), because
the translation is pretty bad so the width is actually the height and height is the width
e.g. Height: 1024, Width: 768 will give you 1024(width)x768(height) although it doesn’t make too much sense, now does it
be advised that altering the settings will make the game look stretched and maybe a bit ugly although not distorted

8.   select the Window Mode tab
now, you should leave everything as it is, but I had problems with Diablo 2 (it froze when using this program to make it run in a window)
if you’re having similar problems as well, read on – if not, skip to 9.
uncheck everything on this tab, only leave the tick mark for ‘DirectX1-7’
this will make sure that the game won’t freeze and crash but the screen might flash a few times when starting – this is normal if you alter these settings

9.   click OK to close the Settings window

10.                we’re back again, the game’s icon is still in the list and all the adjustments have been made - select the first button, that looks like a blue triangle (as in Play)

11.                the second one will highlight (red dot with a white cross in the middle) but nothing will happen

12.                double-click on the game’s little icon in the list to start it

This method is more useful for Diablo 2 than using the –w command, because you’ll be able to play the game in 3D with the Perspective mode left on.

 

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