I have heard that there are some technical problems with running Baldur's Gate on a computer with Windows 7, but the Virtual Machine I have sucks, because the mouse pointer is always flickering. What I want to know is, if I install Baldur's Gate, will my computer have any problems?


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According to Good Old Games these are supported OS:

Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 (32 & 64 bit)

They have also a list of issues and possible solutions.

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    – Zoot
    Feb 1, 2011 at 3:39

Yes, I'm currently running baldur's gate 1 & 2 (all expansions) on my 64 bit copy of windows 7. I set the compatability flags to windows XP and it works great. Enjoy :)


I haven't noticed any issues running on Win7 - it's just the usual matter of setting compatibility flags and the like.

Also, regardless of whether you get it working or not, installing Baldur's Gate won't break anything else on your machine.

  • Oh ok thank you I had been scared for a while there.
    – Mattiks
    Jan 31, 2011 at 23:14

You can try Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition just released on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/228280/

It has updated graphics and works perfectly on Windows 7

  • It works on Windows 7 and 8. I'm using the Beamdog version.
    – Matt Kerr
    Feb 20, 2013 at 6:44

It should run fine if you run it in compatibility mode, like the others said.

However, if you have an NVIDIA card, you may experience a graphical glitch which makes the covered parts of the maps look odd.

This link has some workarounds for it (culminating in an unofficial patch if all else fails - which I have used and works a treat) http://blog.yimingliu.com/2008/04/16/baldurs-gate-1-graphics-glitch-and-disabling-nvidia-hardware-acceleration/

Hope this helps!

  • oh thanks i do have an nvidia card this was my second problem.
    – Mattiks
    Feb 1, 2011 at 3:09

If you also own BG2, I definitely suggest using BG1tutu (in the EasyTutu flavouring) to play BG1 anyway.


You should install the game in a folder other than C:\Program Files(x86) to avoid issues with UAC. I'm able to run BG2 without using compatibility mode.

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