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Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate II remain cult classics not only among D&D fans, but cRPG gamers in general. With countless hours of gameplay, captivating stories, colorful characters, and many memorable locations they're one of the most intense and extensive role-playing experiences you can get while sitting in front of your PC. But to say that they didn't age at all might be a bit of a stretch. That's why some people would go a great distance modding and upgrading both those titles to combine them into one, seamless, visually updated game--an enhanced edition, if you will.

We're well aware of a commercial project aiming to achieve that goal. Originally, actually, that was scheduled to release today. That didn't happen, unfortunately, but that does give us a great reason to tell you how to make your own enhanced edition of Baldur's Gate. It's very nearly hassle-free and (especially with the sale going on) it won't cost you much at all. There's one catch, though: you need copies of both Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate 2 in order to enhance your game. Let's see how! One of our users, GoJays2025, committed his time to write a comprehensive guide on the topic. We know not all of you dare to venture into our forums, so we thought that sharing this guide here, might be a good idea--even more so during our Diamonds of D&D where you can get both Baldur's Gate games for as little as $7!

So, are you ready to enhance your GOG.com edition of Baldur's Gate saga and play both games as one, seamless adventure with the visually superior BG2 version of the engine and its updated mechanics, and with high-res graphics better suited for your modern wide-screen display? Here's how you do it, according to GoJays2025!

1. Fully install Baldur's Gate: The Original Saga
2. Fully install Baldur's Gate II Complete.
3. Download Baldur's Gate II Fixpack (Download links are on the left side) and extract it to your Baldur's Gate II directory.
4. Run the newly extracted setup-bg2fixpack.exe (if not automatically started).
5. It is safe to select yes for all the optional fixes, but if you want to learn about each in detail, consult the readme file that comes with the fixpack.
6. Download BGT-WeiDU and extract it in your Baldur's Gate II directory.
7. Run the newly extracted Setup-BGT.exe and follow the instructions. You may need to run it in administrative mode in Windows Vista/7.
8. Enter Baldur's Gate I's directory when asked (if not already provided)
9. Wait for BGT-WeiDU to finish installing.
10. OPTIONAL: Download and install Baldur's Gate 1 Unfinished Business as well as BG 2 Unfinished Business. These mods restore things that were previously cut from the released product, so while you don't need them, and they do add new content, they're pretty nice to have, especially if this is not your first time.
11. OPTIONAL: Download and install any user-created material (banter packs, expansion mods, new NPCs, etc.)
12. Go to your Baldur's Gate II directory, then find and run the file Setup-BGTMusic.exe and select 'Hybrid Baldur’s Gate/Shadows of Amn/Throne of Bhaal music'. This makes it possible to hear the original Baldur's Gate music when playing Baldur's Gate I.
13. OPTIONAL: (for more experienced users) Download Baldur's Gate II Tweak Pack (if this link doesn't work, please try the emergency mirror site) and apply it in the same way as the fixpack. Consult the readme file for details of each tweak - too many to list here. If you don't know what a tweak does even after consulting the readme, just skip it.
14. OPTIONAL: Download and install the Bigger Fonts for BGII mod if you plan to play in really high-res and don't want to strain your eyes reading tiny text.
15. Download the widescreen mod and apply it in the same manner as the fixpack. This makes it possible to play the game in high resolutions and in widescreen format.
16. Remove the Baldur's Gate I installation if you wish - it's done its job!

Now you should be able to play the game all the way from Baldur's Gate I to the end of Throne of Bhaal in one continuous game! Enjoy!

[i]Note: If you're on Windows 7 you might want to install the games in a directory other than C:Program Files or C:Program Files (x86) to avoid potential problems. C:Games should work.

The original forum thread, that also includes some other installation options, can be found here:
Baldur's Gate saga essential mods by GoJays2025[/i]
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BewareofCrisps: Hey. I followed all the suggested steps to the end but when I try to run the game it just doesn't start. I try to run BG2 and it starts to run but then stops, no error messages or anything.

The only thing I think I may have done wrong is installing BG1 Unfinished Business in the BG2 directory - since the end step is to optionally delete BG1 since the WeiDU essentially links the two into one I thought this was what I had to do. Should I just delete everything and re-download it all or have I done something else wrong?
You're correct in your assumption that you're meant to install the BG1 UB into the BG2 directory, so that isn't the issue. I'm afraid it sounds like you may have to start again. I'd run the BG2 uninstaller rather than just deleting the folder, btw. It's generally bad practice to just delete a game's files (unless you're told it's ok to, as in the case of BG1 here): proper uninstallers go a bit further and clean up any registry issues which may cause trouble if you try to reinstall. In this case, I don't think there'll be any issue, but it's just good practice.

Once the games are reinstalled, the first thing to check is whether the two games work without mods or not, so try both of them and see if you can get past the issue. If not, contact GOG for support (assuming you bought the games on GOG; if not, ask for help in the forums). I'd also try redownloading the installers first, as it could easily be that the download got corrupted. Do mention in your support ticket that you've tried that, as it'll save you some time when they tell you to try that solution :P

Assuming the games work in vanilla, redownload all the mods and install them again. Test whether BG2 is still working after steps 5, 9, 14 and 15. If it works all the way through, then congratulations: it's now working, and was obviously just a hiccup. If it stops working at some point, then stop following the guide and post where the issue started.

Incidentally, if you post in here you risk your post getting buried. I'd suggest making a thread (marked as a question) in the BG subforum, with a link to this thread. Also, when exactly does the game crash? Before the introductory menu with play, view readme, etc?* As soon as the game appears and goes full screen? After the cutscenes? When you begin playing? If the game gets far enough into loading, try going into windowed mode (using alt-enter): I've had a similar sounding issue in the multiplayer menu which going out of full screen dealt with. In my case, I found I was able to reenter full screen (using the same key presses) after getting through the menu and into the game, so give that a try if that turns out to be the issue.

Hope that helped.

*Assuming the GOG edition doesn't remove this menu, which is possible
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supahdave: Hey gang, I had a question...

I followed the whole list, as offered by the charming people at GoG.com for my BGT mod. However...

When I install Unfinished Business for Baldur's Gate 1, and use BG2 to start a new character (as it is suggested above), will the Unfinished Business pack for BG1 actually do anything? Because I'm kind of circumventing BG1 by playing it through BG2...

Or am I missing the point. :)
You install UB for BG 1 into BG2, which contains BG1