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 were in my screen.
Here I'll guide you to get DXWnd to work. Use DXWnd if you need better performance or to play windowed!
In my example I'll guide you to a Fullscreen Windowed Borderless TA:K (the one that I use) and maximum performance. But you can change the options to your liking, it's just an example.
Important: Before you start
- Make sure your video card driver is updated.
After you finish this tutorial, you need DXWnd open always when 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:
Hello I am DXWnd.
4. Go to Options and turn Expert Mode on:
5. Go to Edit > Add:
6. Now set options as below:
Remember to choose to show: "All Files (*.*)" or Kingdoms.icd won't appear!!!Main
|Name||Your config name||Kingdoms|
|Path||Browse your Kingdoms.icd here. (Choose: All Files (*.*))||C:\Cavedog\Kingdoms\Kingdoms.icd|
|Launch||Same as path.||C:\Cavedog\Kingdoms\Kingdoms.icd|
|Folder||The folder Kingdoms.icd is located||C:\Cavedog\Kingdoms|
|Run in Window||Whether you want to run in a window or not||Checked|
|Window initial position & size||X, 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 = Your screen width, H = Your screen res (ex: W = 1440, H = 900)
|Window style||Window's border style||Modal|
|Force Win Resize||Not sure what it does.||Checked|
|Screen resolution||Screens resolutions available in game.||Native or HDMI (use the latter if u use 16:9)|
|Cursor Clipper||Locks mouse inside the window.||ON|
|Renderer||Game renderer (affects graphics)||Primary surface|
|Full Bilinear Filter||Adds bilinear filter.||ON = Smooth textures|
OFF = Sharp textures
|AERO compatible mode||Unchecking this option improves performance.||Unchecked|
|Optimize for AERO mode||Unchecking this option improves performance.||Unchecked|
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
|Textures not power of 2 fix||Fixes mainscreen animations.||Checked|
Press Ok and Save!
|Last core affinity||Sets high priority for the game's process improving performance||Checked|
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.
That's it guys, I hope I was clear enough, if you have any doubts or suggestion let me know!
03/06/2020 - Updated Images to latest version.
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