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PostSubject: How to use DXWnd   How to use DXWnd EmptyTue Jul 10, 2018 1:34 pm

What is DXWnd?

DXWnd is a software that improves newer systems' compatibility with older games, it also lets you play them in Windowed Mode even if the game doesn't have the option. In my experience, I am able to play TA:K in Windowed Mode Borderless which makes it feel like fullscreen, and it improved a lot my TA:K performance when many units are in my screen (from 4 FPS to around 20).

Introduction

Here I'll guide you to get DXWnd to work. In my example I'll guide you to a Fullscreen Windowed Borderless TA:K (the one that I use). But you can change the options to your liking, it's just an example.

Before you start

Make sure your video card driver is updated.
Move Kingdoms.exe out of your TA:K folder (default: C:\Cavedog\Kingdoms) and rename Kingdoms.icd there to Kingdoms.exe, or DXWnd won't apply changes you make. If you can't see file extensions: https://youtu.be/8PV6jSMWzlk?t=28
After you finish, you need DXWnd open whenever you want to play with your configuration.

1. Download DXWnd here: https://sourceforge.net/projects/dxwnd/files/latest/download
2. Create a folder in your desktop and extract files there.
3. Open dxwnd.exe inside it, a new window is going to appear:

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Hello I am DXWnd.

4. Go to Options and turn Expert Mode on:



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5. Go to Edit > Add:

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6. Now set options as below:

Main

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FieldDescriptionRecommended/Default values
NameYour config nameKingdoms
PathBrowse your Kingdoms.exe here.C:\Cavedog\Kingdoms\Kingdoms.exe
LaunchSame as path.C:\Cavedog\Kingdoms\Kingdoms.exe
FolderThe folder Kingdoms.exe is locatedC:\Cavedog\Kingdoms
Run in WindowWhether you want to run in a window or notChecked
Window initial position & sizeX, Y = Position of the window in your screen. (You can use the presets too such as Desktop Center option
W, H = Window size in px (Width, Height)
X = 0 Y = 0 (X, Y coordinates preset checked)
W = 1440, H = 900


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FieldDescriptionRecommended/Default values
Window styleWindow's border styleModal
Force Win ResizeNot sure what it does.Checked
Screen resolutionScreens resolutions available in game.Native


Input

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FieldDescriptionRecommended/Default values
Cursor ClipperLocks mouse inside the window.ON


DirectX



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FieldDescriptionRecommended/Default values
RendererGame renderer (affects graphics)Primary surface
Full Bilinear FilterAdds bilinear filter.ON = Smooth textures
OFF = Sharp textures

If you want you can set Renderer to SLD2. (I feel more comfortable with it.) It changes a bit the quality of the image, idk if for better/worse, you choose.
If you think your image is too sharp you can also set "Full Bilinear Filter", I don't like it because it feels too much blurry to me so I decided to avoid (I prefer sharp images). Up to you.

Direct3D



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FieldDescriptionRecommended/Default values
Textures not power of 2 fixFixes mainscreen animations.Checked

Compat



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FieldDescriptionRecommended/Default values
Last core affinitySets high priority for the game's process improving performanceChecked


7. You're ready to play, as long as DXWnd is open, wherever you open your TA:K from, it's going to apply the changes you have done to Kingdoms through DXWnd. Don't forget to rename Kingdoms.icd in TA:K folder to Kingdoms.exe or changes won't apply! If you can't see file extensions: https://youtu.be/8PV6jSMWzlk?t=28

That's it guys, I hope I was clear enough, if you have any doubts or suggestion let me know!

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PostSubject: Re: How to use DXWnd   How to use DXWnd EmptyTue Jul 31, 2018 9:18 am

And don't forget to File > Save after doing everything, so the config persists after closing dxwnd etc
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PostSubject: Re: How to use DXWnd   How to use DXWnd EmptyWed Oct 31, 2018 12:51 pm

This might allow me to play again! Thanks guys!
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PostSubject: Re: How to use DXWnd   How to use DXWnd EmptyMon Apr 15, 2019 10:35 pm

How would you do it with tak switcher since there is no icd for it?

Even after converting all three icd files, it won't work with tak switcher.

Any recommendations?

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PostSubject: Re: How to use DXWnd   How to use DXWnd EmptyTue Apr 16, 2019 12:17 pm

Sage wrote:
How would you do it with tak switcher since there is no icd for it?

Even after converting all three icd files, it won't work with tak switcher.

Any recommendations?

It does have an .icd file. Just do the same you did for normal TAK but with pgtak instead:

pgtak.exe < delete this one (or move to somewhere)
pgtak.icd < rename to .exe

You can duplicate ur config from TAK and change the executables paths too, like this:

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PostSubject: Re: How to use DXWnd   How to use DXWnd EmptyTue Apr 16, 2019 8:31 pm

Ha! I only needed to change the name, and have tak switcher opened.

It doesn't work unless tak has been launched from the switcher first. Then, anything works via DXWnd.

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