Technology news and commentary by the staff

Run Crysis in Windows 2000

with 8 comments

Per has done it again! As far as I’m aware he was the first and only source for bringing Bioshock to Windows 2000. Crysis is yet another (great) new generation shooter that officially only supports XP and Vista, but he has managed to bypass that limitation and get the demo fully working on his trusty Windows 2000 rig…

To play Crysis on Windows 2000 you need three files, powrprof.dll, dbghelp.dll and xinput1_3.dll

You can get powrprof.dll from a Windows XP or 2003 install, the version I used which worked was 6.0.3790.3959 from a 2003 SP2 server install. dbghelp.dll is used by many games, the version I took was from my Steam directory, version

You can find the xinput1_3.dll in the latest DirectX monthly redist (or the Bioshock DVD if you followed that guide too). In the extracted archive open the file and extract the xinput1_3.dll file.

Please read the complete instructions here. You may also be able to get some support from our community if you come across any problems. In addition, here are some benchmarks he ran on Win2k, XP and Vista 64-bit. You can also get a full scoop on Crysis’ videocard performance and scalability from our article posted last week.

Written by Julio Franco

November 6th, 2007 at 5:05 am

Posted in gaming,tips & tricks

8 Comments so far

Subscribe to comments with RSS or TrackBack to 'Run Crysis in Windows 2000'.

  1. crysis is out !


    11 Nov 07 at 7:56 am

  2. Also very important, if you’re running Crysis or Bioshock on Windows 2000. Get the latest beta nVidia Forceware from, and use the custom parameter settings for either game in the “Application Profiles” selection box.

    There’s an important twist, however. Nvidia’s web site is VERY misleading. If you let it search for you and it identifies your OS as Windows 2000, it will tell you that there is no beta driver for your computer. You have to manually change the OS to be Windows XP. Why does this work? Because the Windows XP installer for Forceware is also the Windows 2000 installer!

    The same installer works fine on both systems – and it lists Windows 2000 in its title bar. I find it highly annoying that Nvidia and the game companies have teamed up to block out Windows 2000, when it works just fine for playing their products. They must be getting some seriously great compensation from M$ for cutting off a sizable portion of their revenue stream.

    Scooter in NC

    29 Nov 07 at 9:15 pm

  3. Just as a quick followup, I forgot to mention two points in my reply above. 1) The beta Forceware release that makes a major performance improvement in Crysis and Bioshock is currently 169.09. It allows me to run Bioshock my dual-core AM2 5000+ system at 1680×1050 with my 8600 GTS card with very reasonable response.

    2) Yes, Bioshock can be modified in the same way that Crysis was modified above to allow it to play on Windows 2000. You only need two of the files listed above, and they are the exact same files: dbghelp.dll and xinput1_3.dll. You can get them from the same source. These go in the game’s Builds/Release folder. Try them with the Bioshock demo and see.

    Scooter in NC

    29 Nov 07 at 9:26 pm

  4. Just for information Crysis, the clear game without any patches and fixes can be run on Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2.I suppose it will run on the old versions of the windows 2003.
    The only one thing that I changed is that I used a new .exe to run the game.I found it in internet.I don’t know what will be the behavior of the game without it.If you need it mail me at and I will send you a copy.


    22 Feb 08 at 6:10 am

  5. Will it be possible to run Fallout 3 on windows 2000 ???
    I tried…

    There is a first error message saying xinput1_3.dll file is missing.
    I placed an xinput1_3.dll file in fallout 3 directory

    After that an error message says xlive.dll file is missing.
    I found the xlive.dll file on eMule and placed it in fallout 3 directory.

    After this an onother error message appears saying
    it that entry point is missing in KERNEL32.dll and then I can’t find a solution.

    Hoping that someone could help…


    12 Dec 08 at 7:56 am

  6. I found how to make fallout 3 work in windows 2000.
    All is explained in this site whixh is very interesting for win 2k players !


    13 Dec 08 at 8:47 am


Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.