The game Space Empires IV uses DirectX 8.1 and I'm running it on Windows 7; it will run with a 800x600 or 1024x768 UI at the native resolution with letterboxing. How do I run it in Windowed mode?


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Go to the official Space Empires IV downloads sites and then go to Page 3 (page select is at the very bottom). There on the bottom of the last page is a program called Windowed SE4 Tool:

Task bar tool that causes SE4 to run in pseudo-windowed mode. Also contains handy shortcuts, such as shift-click to add 10 copies of a component to a design (or ctrl for 50).

Otherwise try posting your question on the official Space Empires IV forum.

  • I didn't spend much time on it but the tool didn't work for me. I'll upvote the answer, but I'm not going to accept it just yet. Thanks for finding this :) Commented Jan 16, 2011 at 21:38
  • Welp, the only other thing I can think of to try would be to find out what engine the game is using (I already spent some time trying). Then find other games based on that engine and see if there is an option to do what you want.
    – glenneroo
    Commented Jan 16, 2011 at 23:12

Have you tried the standard DirectX full-screen toggle hotkey?

Hold Alt and press Enter.

Otherwise check for any .ini or .cfg files (or anything text-based - anything < 4k is a suspect) in the main installation directory. Try opening them in Notepad and look around for keywords like screen and resolution.

  • Thanks for the suggestions, but unfortunately this was ineffective. Commented Jan 16, 2011 at 8:41

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