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How To Install and Play Quake 2 on Windows 10

Introduction

In keeping with an earlier post on Installing and Playing DOOM 2 on Windows 10, I’d thought I made keep up the retro gaming theme and post how to install and play Quake 2 on Windows 10. Who doesn’t like playing the old PC games!

For this to happen we will be using KMQuake II and will also need the quake2 3.24 patch which can be found at the same site. Of course you will need your Quake II installation CD.

Installation

Installation of Quake 2 is pretty straight forward. The installer will run on Windows with no issues, Note: This was the case with Windows 10 build 1903, as of build 2004 the installer does not work and crashes the system.

 

Windows 10 Build 1903 and earlier Installation

You can let it install to the default location but, I prefer to install it to the C:\games\Quake2. The reason I choose to do this is due to the permissions that Windows puts on Program Files and Program Files (x86) directories.

Insert the CD and run setup.exe. Select Install > Next and Yes. When you get to the installation type select Maximum (400 MB) and click Next.

quake2 max

Click Change Directory from C:\Quake2 and browse to C:\games\Quake2 if that is what you choose to do, or leave as is and click Install.

quake 2 dir

Proceed to KMQuake II installation section

Windows 10 build 2004 and later

Since the Quake installer crashes Windows 10 installation is a bit different.

Create C:\games\Quake2\basehq2 directory on your system.

Copy the Install\Data\baseq2\pak0.pak pak1.pak and pak2.pak files to the c:\games\Quake2\baseq2

KMQuake II

Now we are ready to download and install KMQuake II and the quake2-3.24 patch. Open your browser and go to http://www.markshan.com/knightmare/. Click on downloads and download the following files.

kmquake2_020_update7.zip
kmquake2_021_lvlshots_hi.zip – optional download
quake2-3.24-win32.zip

First we will need to install the quake2-3.24-win32.zip patch. To do this we will need to unzip the file and copy the contents to C:\games\Quake2 or C:\Quake2 directory overwriting as prompted. Next extract the kmquake2_020_update7.zip file and copy the contents to the C:\games\Quake2 or C:\Quake2 directory overwriting as prompted.

kmquake_dir

Starting Quake 2

Now we are ready to start Quake2. Navigate to C:\games\Quake2 or C:\Quake2 and double-click on kmquake2.exe.

By default the game will start in fullscreen mode at 800×600. You can create a custom config called autoexec.cfg in the C:\games\Quake2\baseq2 directory add the line set vid_fullscreen “0” save and restart the game. Once restarted you can change the video settings in Quake. Here is the final results.

kmquake

Hi-Res and Third Party Texture packs

Since creating this post I have found 32 bit textures and hi-resolution packs for Quake 2.

Download the hi-res levelshots from http://www.markshan.com/knightmare/ extract and copy to baseq2 directory.

 

 

11 Responses to “How To Install and Play Quake 2 on Windows 10”

  1. Clay says:

    Doesn’t work for me
    I get the Setup menu, click on install.
    The screen goes black
    It thinks about it for about 30 seconds
    Then crashes

    • J. Durfey says:

      Same for me. Pretty stupid to say “The installer will run on Windows with no issues”.

      • newlife007 says:

        What is the release of Windows 10 you are running on, This post wa based on Windows 10 release 1903. Newer release could have issues due to changes / patches. I had no issues installing on several Windows 10 so the comment was legit in my opinion.

    • newlife007 says:

      What is the release of Windows 10 you are running on, This post wa based on Windows 10 release 1903. Newer release could have issues due to changes / patches.

  2. Kevin Ouimet says:

    My PC also crashes at setup same as Clay & J. Durfey have said. I’m running Windows 10 version 20H2.

  3. RojoP says:

    “Copy the Install\Data\baseq2\pak0.pak pak1.pak and pak2.pak files”

    My purchased Quake II install disk only has one file, pak0.pak in the Install\Data\baseq2\” directory. No pak1.pak nor pak2.pak

  4. _DOA_MERLYN says:

    Long Live Quake II!

    \m/ (-_-) \m/

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