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Deus Ex: Invisible War (GOG)
Visual Upgrade Patch 1.2 (Download)
Windows 10 Pro

I wrote this guide using the above version and OS.

*Before you begin, save/close any important files from running in the background, so you don't lose any important data - just in case you need to restart your system (see next note).

**Should the game become unresponsive, in that you cannot exit it through the task manager or toolbar, hit CTRL+ALT+DELETE and select "Sign Out" to avoid hard-resetting your system.

1. Install the game and the Visual Upgrade Patch.
This guide was written for the default patch installer option:
[✓] Keep the unpatched game available.

2. Open the "VisibleTweaker" tool and set it to Windowed Mode. [Image 1]
Setting this will allow you to examine your task manager during the black screen/freeze to see which program is
conflicting with the game.

3. Boot the game.
Set your preferred resolution through the in-game video options.
The game will stall (freeze) at a black/gray screen after starting a new game.

Press CTRL+ALT+DELETE and...

4. Open the Task Manager.
Find "Deus Ex 2 Visibly Upgraded (32 bit)" under the Processes "Apps" section
It will probably say "Not responding"

Right click that selection and hit "Go to details" [Image 2]

In the next screen you will see 1 or 2 instances of "DeusEx2.exe"

Right click the one that says "Not responding" and select "Analyze wait chain". [Image 3]

This should detail the program(s) that are conflicting with Invisible War and preventing it from loading correctly. [Image 4]

Take note of the exact .exe name that is causing the problem.

In my case it was a music production related program called "NTKDaemon.exe"

5. Create a .bat file (or modify your startup settings.**)

Paste this into a text file:
@echo off
taskkill /IM "NTKDaemon.exe" /f >nul 2>&1
DX2.exe
exit
Replace "NTKDaemon.exe" with your specific conflicting .exe

Save the text file and rename it as "DX2.bat" and place it in your "Deus Ex - Invisible War\System" folder alongside the residing DX2.exe file. [Image 5]

**If the conflicting program is not vital to your everyday computer use, you could also just disable it through the Task Manager "Startup" options. If you choose this route, restart your computer and skip to Step 7.

6. Modifying Your Shortcuts (Optional)

Normal Shortcut:
Edit your Deus Ex - Invisible War shortcut(s), so that it links to the new .bat file. [Image 6]

example:
"E:\GOG Games\Deus Ex - Invisible War\System\DX2.bat"
Galaxy Shortcut:
Find this hidden file on your system:
goggame-1207659068.info

example:
C:\ProgramData\GOG.com\supportInstaller\1207659068\goggame-1207659068.info
E:\GOG Games\Deus Ex - Invisible War\goggame-1207659068.info
Replace those .info files with this modified copy:
MEGA -- only needed for GOG Galaxy
Google Drive -- only needed for GOG Galaxy

This will link Galaxy to the new .bat file instead of the normal .exe

Note: If you have trouble finding files on your system, use a program such as voidtools "everything"
https://www.voidtools.com/downloads/

7. Test the game again.
Make sure it runs without freezing.
Afterward, you can open the "VisibleTweaker" tool again, and set it back to Fullscreen mode.
Post edited March 28, 2021 by djdarko
I found a different solution but this guide was a big help and I wouldn't have found it without this.
When I looked at the .exe in the wait chain on step four, mine was "nvcontainer.exe"
I disabled the Nvidia overlay in Geforce Experience and it started working.
To do this go to Settings > General > On the left side third box down you should see the "In-Game Overlay" switch.
When I turned this off, it started working for me.
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djdarko: Deus Ex: Invisible War (GOG)
Visual Upgrade Patch 1.2 (Download)
Windows 10 Pro

I wrote this guide using the above version and OS.

*Before you begin, save/close any important files from running in the background, so you don't lose any important data - just in case you need to restart your system (see next note).

**Should the game become unresponsive, in that you cannot exit it through the task manager or toolbar, hit CTRL+ALT+DELETE and select "Sign Out" to avoid hard-resetting your system.

1. Install the game and the Visual Upgrade Patch.
This guide was written for the default patch installer option:
[✓] Keep the unpatched game available.

2. Open the "VisibleTweaker" tool and set it to Windowed Mode. [Image 1]
Setting this will allow you to examine your task manager during the black screen/freeze to see which program is
conflicting with the game.

3. Boot the game.
Set your preferred resolution through the in-game video options.
The game will stall (freeze) at a black/gray screen after starting a new game.

Press CTRL+ALT+DELETE and...

4. Open the Task Manager.
Find "Deus Ex 2 Visibly Upgraded (32 bit)" under the Processes "Apps" section
It will probably say "Not responding"

Right click that selection and hit "Go to details" [Image 2]

In the next screen you will see 1 or 2 instances of "DeusEx2.exe"

Right click the one that says "Not responding" and select "Analyze wait chain". [Image 3]

This should detail the program(s) that are conflicting with Invisible War and preventing it from loading correctly. [Image 4]

Take note of the exact .exe name that is causing the problem.

In my case it was a music production related program called "NKTDaemon.exe"

5. Create a .bat file (or modify your startup settings.**)

Paste this into a text file:

@echo off
taskkill /IM "NTKDaemon.exe" /f >nul 2>&1
DX2.exe
exit
avatar
djdarko: Replace "NTKDaemon.exe" with your specific conflicting .exe

Save the text file and rename it as "DX2.bat" and place it in your "Deus Ex - Invisible War\System" folder alongside the residing DX2.exe file. [Image 5]

**If the conflicting program is not vital to your everyday computer use, you could also just disable it through the Task Manager "Startup" options. If you choose this route, restart your computer and skip to Step 7.

6. Modifying Your Shortcuts (Optional)

Normal Shortcut:

Edit your Deus Ex - Invisible War shortcut(s), so that it links to the new .bat file. Image 6

example:
"E:\GOG Games\Deus Ex - Invisible War\System\DX2.bat"
avatar
djdarko: Galaxy Shortcut:

Find this hidden file on your system:
goggame-1207659068.info

example:
C:\ProgramData\GOG.com\supportInstaller\1207659068\goggame-1207659068.info
E:\GOG Games\Deus Ex - Invisible War\goggame-1207659068.info
avatar
djdarko: Replace those .info files with this modified copy:
MEGA -- only needed for GOG Galaxy
Google Drive -- only needed for GOG Galaxy

This will link Galaxy to the new .bat file instead of the normal .exe

Note: If you have trouble finding files on your system, use a program such as voidtools "everything"
https://www.voidtools.com/downloads/

7. Test the game again.
Make sure it runs without freezing.
Afterward, you can open the "VisibleTweaker" tool again, and set it back to Fullscreen mode.
Post edited March 26, 2021 by Mr.Not_A_Robot
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Mr.Not_A_Robot: I found a different solution but this guide was a big help and I wouldn't have found it without this.
When I looked at the .exe in the wait chain on step four, mine was "nvcontainer.exe"
I disabled the Nvidia overlay in Geforce Experience and it started working.
To do this go to Settings > General > On the left side third box down you should see the "In-Game Overlay" switch.
When I turned this off, it started working for me.
Thanks for the feedback, hopefully it will help more people.

Also, if you want to check out the high res fonts I made for this, check out the post here:
https://www.gog.com/forum/deus_ex_series/deus_ex_2_high_res_fonts_by_djdarko
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djdarko: Deus Ex: Invisible War (GOG)
Visual Upgrade Patch 1.2 (Download)
Windows 10 Pro

I wrote this guide using the above version and OS.

*Before you begin, save/close any important files from running in the background, so you don't lose any important data - just in case you need to restart your system (see next note).

**Should the game become unresponsive, in that you cannot exit it through the task manager or toolbar, hit CTRL+ALT+DELETE and select "Sign Out" to avoid hard-resetting your system.

1. Install the game and the Visual Upgrade Patch.
This guide was written for the default patch installer option:
[✓] Keep the unpatched game available.

2. Open the "VisibleTweaker" tool and set it to Windowed Mode. [Image 1]
Setting this will allow you to examine your task manager during the black screen/freeze to see which program is
conflicting with the game.

3. Boot the game.
Set your preferred resolution through the in-game video options.
The game will stall (freeze) at a black/gray screen after starting a new game.

Press CTRL+ALT+DELETE and...

4. Open the Task Manager.
Find "Deus Ex 2 Visibly Upgraded (32 bit)" under the Processes "Apps" section
It will probably say "Not responding"

Right click that selection and hit "Go to details" [Image 2]

In the next screen you will see 1 or 2 instances of "DeusEx2.exe"

Right click the one that says "Not responding" and select "Analyze wait chain". [Image 3]

This should detail the program(s) that are conflicting with Invisible War and preventing it from loading correctly. [Image 4]

Take note of the exact .exe name that is causing the problem.

In my case it was a music production related program called "NTKDaemon.exe"

5. Create a .bat file (or modify your startup settings.**)

Paste this into a text file:

@echo off
taskkill /IM "NTKDaemon.exe" /f >nul 2>&1
DX2.exe
exit
avatar
djdarko: Replace "NTKDaemon.exe" with your specific conflicting .exe

Save the text file and rename it as "DX2.bat" and place it in your "Deus Ex - Invisible War\System" folder alongside the residing DX2.exe file. [Image 5]

**If the conflicting program is not vital to your everyday computer use, you could also just disable it through the Task Manager "Startup" options. If you choose this route, restart your computer and skip to Step 7.

6. Modifying Your Shortcuts (Optional)

Normal Shortcut:

Edit your Deus Ex - Invisible War shortcut(s), so that it links to the new .bat file. [Image 6]

example:
"E:\GOG Games\Deus Ex - Invisible War\System\DX2.bat"
avatar
djdarko: Galaxy Shortcut:

Find this hidden file on your system:
goggame-1207659068.info

example:
C:\ProgramData\GOG.com\supportInstaller\1207659068\goggame-1207659068.info
E:\GOG Games\Deus Ex - Invisible War\goggame-1207659068.info
avatar
djdarko: Replace those .info files with this modified copy:
MEGA -- only needed for GOG Galaxy
Google Drive -- only needed for GOG Galaxy

This will link Galaxy to the new .bat file instead of the normal .exe

Note: If you have trouble finding files on your system, use a program such as voidtools "everything"
https://www.voidtools.com/downloads/

7. Test the game again.
Make sure it runs without freezing.
Afterward, you can open the "VisibleTweaker" tool again, and set it back to Fullscreen mode.
The Visual upgrade patch file, comes back with a virus warning once it's been installed. Nested in the DX2.exe. Dunno if it's a false positive though.
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djdarko: Deus Ex: Invisible War (GOG)
Visual Upgrade Patch 1.2 (Download)
Windows 10 Pro

I wrote this guide using the above version and OS.

*Before you begin, save/close any important files from running in the background, so you don't lose any important data - just in case you need to restart your system (see next note).

**Should the game become unresponsive, in that you cannot exit it through the task manager or toolbar, hit CTRL+ALT+DELETE and select "Sign Out" to avoid hard-resetting your system.

1. Install the game and the Visual Upgrade Patch.
This guide was written for the default patch installer option:
[✓] Keep the unpatched game available.

2. Open the "VisibleTweaker" tool and set it to Windowed Mode. [Image 1]
Setting this will allow you to examine your task manager during the black screen/freeze to see which program is
conflicting with the game.

3. Boot the game.
Set your preferred resolution through the in-game video options.
The game will stall (freeze) at a black/gray screen after starting a new game.

Press CTRL+ALT+DELETE and...

4. Open the Task Manager.
Find "Deus Ex 2 Visibly Upgraded (32 bit)" under the Processes "Apps" section
It will probably say "Not responding"

Right click that selection and hit "Go to details" [Image 2]

In the next screen you will see 1 or 2 instances of "DeusEx2.exe"

Right click the one that says "Not responding" and select "Analyze wait chain". [Image 3]

This should detail the program(s) that are conflicting with Invisible War and preventing it from loading correctly. [Image 4]

Take note of the exact .exe name that is causing the problem.

In my case it was a music production related program called "NTKDaemon.exe"

5. Create a .bat file (or modify your startup settings.**)

Paste this into a text file:

@echo off
taskkill /IM "NTKDaemon.exe" /f >nul 2>&1
DX2.exe
exit
avatar
djdarko: Replace "NTKDaemon.exe" with your specific conflicting .exe

Save the text file and rename it as "DX2.bat" and place it in your "Deus Ex - Invisible War\System" folder alongside the residing DX2.exe file. [Image 5]

**If the conflicting program is not vital to your everyday computer use, you could also just disable it through the Task Manager "Startup" options. If you choose this route, restart your computer and skip to Step 7.

6. Modifying Your Shortcuts (Optional)

Normal Shortcut:

Edit your Deus Ex - Invisible War shortcut(s), so that it links to the new .bat file. [Image 6]

example:
"E:\GOG Games\Deus Ex - Invisible War\System\DX2.bat"
avatar
djdarko: Galaxy Shortcut:

Find this hidden file on your system:
goggame-1207659068.info

example:
C:\ProgramData\GOG.com\supportInstaller\1207659068\goggame-1207659068.info
E:\GOG Games\Deus Ex - Invisible War\goggame-1207659068.info
avatar
djdarko: Replace those .info files with this modified copy:
MEGA -- only needed for GOG Galaxy
Google Drive -- only needed for GOG Galaxy

This will link Galaxy to the new .bat file instead of the normal .exe

Note: If you have trouble finding files on your system, use a program such as voidtools "everything"
https://www.voidtools.com/downloads/

7. Test the game again.
Make sure it runs without freezing.
Afterward, you can open the "VisibleTweaker" tool again, and set it back to Fullscreen mode.
I'm kinda late to the party but I've been using your guide to fix the same issue (on Steam instead of GOG) and also made use of the next comments suggestion to disable Nvidia overlay since it did cause the game to hang. Thing is, launching the game through the .bat file brings up the "Failed to find Steam" error. Is there a possible way this would work with Steam or is it for GOG only?
Post edited May 04, 2021 by AbaddonSoulchain
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AbaddonSoulchain: I'm kinda late to the party but I've been using your guide to fix the same issue (on Steam instead of GOG) and also made use of the next comments suggestion to disable Nvidia overlay since it did cause the game to hang. Thing is, launching the game through the .bat file brings up the "Failed to find Steam" error. Is there a possible way this would work with Steam or is it for GOG only?
I'm not certain, but you might need to modify the .bat file to either add "Steam.exe" before "DX2.exe", or to change "DX2.exe" if a different file is normally used when starting the Steam version.

Does the game normally boot at all without using the .bat file?

If not, copy the "Steam.dll" from your Steam folder into the Deus Ex 2 folder where the "DX2.exe" is located.
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AbaddonSoulchain: I'm kinda late to the party but I've been using your guide to fix the same issue (on Steam instead of GOG) and also made use of the next comments suggestion to disable Nvidia overlay since it did cause the game to hang. Thing is, launching the game through the .bat file brings up the "Failed to find Steam" error. Is there a possible way this would work with Steam or is it for GOG only?
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djdarko: I'm not certain, but you might need to modify the .bat file to either add "Steam.exe" before "DX2.exe", or to change "DX2.exe" if a different file is normally used when starting the Steam version.

Does the game normally boot at all without using the .bat file?

If not, copy the "Steam.dll" from your Steam folder into the Deus Ex 2 folder where the "DX2.exe" is located.
Yeah, it runs normally. I'm asking because I'd like to deal with the program that causes it to crash in my case, Razer Synapse Service Process, without having to end it through the task manager every time. The exe is still the same from what I see so I'll try adding Steam's exe in the .bat file and see if it does something.
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AbaddonSoulchain: Yeah, it runs normally. I'm asking because I'd like to deal with the program that causes it to crash in my case, Razer Synapse Service Process, without having to end it through the task manager every time. The exe is still the same from what I see so I'll try adding Steam's exe in the .bat file and see if it does something.
OK, I just asked that because I searched for that phrase "Failed to find Steam" and the general solution was to add that Steam.dll file.

I'm curious if you would get that same message if you open/double click the DX2.exe directly.
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AbaddonSoulchain: Yeah, it runs normally. I'm asking because I'd like to deal with the program that causes it to crash in my case, Razer Synapse Service Process, without having to end it through the task manager every time. The exe is still the same from what I see so I'll try adding Steam's exe in the .bat file and see if it does something.
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djdarko: OK, I just asked that because I searched for that phrase "Failed to find Steam" and the general solution was to add that Steam.dll file.

I'm curious if you would get that same message if you open/double click the DX2.exe directly.
It's a bit of a weird case. See, I tested the executable as you told me and indeed it returns to the same "Failed to connect to Steam" error. I realised that the .exe the game normally runs is the DX2Main.exe. What I did was replace the DX2.exe with that one in the .bat file and then tested it. It did start and it seems like it also closed the Razer process that was causing the game to hang. However the game still doesn't run normally, it causes it to close down completely when it's meant to load a level. It doesn't hang or crash it just closes completely. Not sure why, it runs normally on its own.