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Hello,

I bought Pharaoh + Cleopatra last year, and I've my fun with it. However, I decided to upgrade my Windows 7 to Windows 10. I know, such a bad mistake when playing older games, but I did it anyway. Now, I'm regretting having upgraded my OS. So far, I tried everything I knew I could to make Pharaoh run on Win 10. I tried compability mode with XP Service Pack 2 and Service Pack 3, compability mode with Win 7. The game runs in compability mode, but after a few seconds, when a message pop up, it crashes and the music keeps looping endlessly. I tried the large resolution compability patch, with no sucess. I also tried to give full read/write permissions for all users in the game directory and files. It didn't work. I tried the troubleshooting steps by reinstalling Direct X 9.0c, to no success. My computer specs are AMD FX8350, 16 Gb RAM, AMD Radeon R9 270X GPU and Win 10. I don't know if that info can be of any help.


I don't know what else I could try to make the game work under Win 10, besides downgrading back to Win 7, which I don't know if I can do. Any help on the matter would be greatly appreciated.
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MarcoTTC: Hello,

I bought Pharaoh + Cleopatra last year, and I've my fun with it. However, I decided to upgrade my Windows 7 to Windows 10. I know, such a bad mistake when playing older games, but I did it anyway. Now, I'm regretting having upgraded my OS. So far, I tried everything I knew I could to make Pharaoh run on Win 10. I tried compability mode with XP Service Pack 2 and Service Pack 3, compability mode with Win 7. The game runs in compability mode, but after a few seconds, when a message pop up, it crashes and the music keeps looping endlessly. I tried the large resolution compability patch, with no sucess. I also tried to give full read/write permissions for all users in the game directory and files. It didn't work. I tried the troubleshooting steps by reinstalling Direct X 9.0c, to no success. My computer specs are AMD FX8350, 16 Gb RAM, AMD Radeon R9 270X GPU and Win 10. I don't know if that info can be of any help.

I don't know what else I could try to make the game work under Win 10, besides downgrading back to Win 7, which I don't know if I can do. Any help on the matter would be greatly appreciated.
i have the same problem.. the support sent me a message i dont really understand.. its really sad..
Post edited May 01, 2017 by Morli08
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MarcoTTC: Hello,

I bought Pharaoh + Cleopatra last year, and I've my fun with it. However, I decided to upgrade my Windows 7 to Windows 10. I know, such a bad mistake when playing older games, but I did it anyway. Now, I'm regretting having upgraded my OS. So far, I tried everything I knew I could to make Pharaoh run on Win 10. I tried compability mode with XP Service Pack 2 and Service Pack 3, compability mode with Win 7. The game runs in compability mode, but after a few seconds, when a message pop up, it crashes and the music keeps looping endlessly. I tried the large resolution compability patch, with no sucess. I also tried to give full read/write permissions for all users in the game directory and files. It didn't work. I tried the troubleshooting steps by reinstalling Direct X 9.0c, to no success. My computer specs are AMD FX8350, 16 Gb RAM, AMD Radeon R9 270X GPU and Win 10. I don't know if that info can be of any help.

I don't know what else I could try to make the game work under Win 10, besides downgrading back to Win 7, which I don't know if I can do. Any help on the matter would be greatly appreciated.
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Morli08: i have the same problem.. the support sent me a message i dont really understand.. its really sad..
Yes, it is sad, given I love the game. I wish there was some older Windows versions emulator like DosBox, but the best I could achieve right now would be to install an older windows version in a virtual machine, not quite the same thing.
While I found no solution for this game on Win 10, I found that downgrading to older Windows (Win 7) is likely to work, as well as using Wine. In my case, I did a dual-boot setup on my machine for work purposes, so I installed Ubuntu 16.10 x86_64 with Kernel 4.11, and Wine managed to run fine Pharaoh + Cleopatra GOG installer and game. So I recommend anyone who can't use an older Win, but can use a GNU/Linux distro, to consider trying Wine for this game. It just may work.
The game works pretty well on my computer and I'm on Windows 10. Try using the widescreen patch (which has been known to fix a lot of the peripheral bugs, despite just "increasing" the resolution), and making sure you have the necessary codecs installed.
I also had the game crashing on win7 but with the help of GoG support i think the issues are fixed since i haven't had a crash, or game getting stuck with sound looping, reading game encyclopedia crash etc. Should work for win10.

Here is what i did:

game exe compatibility tab:

os compatibility win98

disable visual themes

disable desktop composition

disable high DPI settings

and administrator access


This is really the most important one since i thing this is the thing that is causing all the crashes

change Screen colors setting to HighColor (16bit) Screen Resolution\Advanced settings\Monitor



replace the game ini's with these from GoG support

https://www.dropbox.com/s/imtlv1djftg4og6/Pharaoh.inf?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/79vobhu9pgqdbfd/Pharaohmap.inf?dl=0

change to fullscreen after starting game



and ingame (not sure if it has any effect) disable autosave and turn off the messages that pop up on the screen

(as they may have crashed the game for some)


also resolution resize in the form of "PharaohResize" tool made by crudelios at WSG Forums