Author Topic:  MechCommander 1 / Gold - InstallingTutorial  (Read 3097 times)

30 Mar 17

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Offline RizZen

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How to install & play
MechCommander Gold on
Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP & 98
I Explain how you can start Mech Commander Gold with an example system running
latest version of Windows 10 64-bit.
Also look here: Youtube-Tutorial by Sean Lang

You will need these files to install Vanilla MCG-DM v1.8
The steps how to install MCG on Windows are the same
for Windows Editions 10, 8, 7, Vista & XP (32&64bit)

Step 1
Mount the MCG *.ISO file as virtual drive - In my example all needed files are shown in an example standard "Download" folder each Windows Version has (with other menu design but all in all microsoft kept same graphical interface all the time.

Just open on "Your Computer" at the top left of the desktop.

Step 2
Open your Download folder!

Step 3
Mounting the *.ISO file as virtual disk:You can see the three downloads above now. First right klick on the iso file. A subcontext menu on Windows 10/8/7 should appear offering mounting the iso on top as CD."

Select Mount

Step 4
Mounting it!

Step 5
On the left explorer window you see a new virtual drive was added to your system. Now easy installing with CD? - Nope its not that easy. We need this mounted drive only to start and run the game via game exe file. We wont install it now regular way.

Mounted Image of MechCommander Gold

Step 6
Now create the Mech Commander Basic Vanilla Game Folder Open MCG Original *.7z file (on pic its a *.rar file).

Step 7
Win ZIP now makes trouble? F***peeep* it its a bad programme in my eyes. I use Winrar. It is a free available Extract Programm for compressed files used mostly via Internet. After installing winrar the subcontext menu changes.

Step 8
Open file with Winrar same way via subcontext menu after right klicking now. A new window will appear winrar asks for purchase skip that after skipped starting window of winrar it shows the datas in Original.7z like this:

Step 9
Now create your own MechCommander Gold Game Folder: WinRar shows you now the game folder like in regular explorer we are just working in.

Highlight the Original folder and Tell Winrar to extract these Files.

Step 10
Enter your path here:WinRAR asks for the adress to place your Mech Commander Gold Game folder on your hard-drive.

Step 11 (optional)
Now you could install my MCG Darkest Hours Files, too.  When you want to play biggest MCG content, potential & freedom for players ever delivered - open my version first with WinRAR so that its shown as regular folder. For detailed Install Information klick here!

You see left side the Virtual Drive of Mech Commander Gold is still mounted. You can also take the original CD of the game then you dont need to use any *.ISO before, just start follow the MCG-DH-v3.0 Install-Guide.
Start the game exe (on the right side) shown on screenshot, or choose the exe with the resolution you desire. Keep in mind that game can´t start with "bigger than Desktop" resolutions. On first start windows will install direct play if it wasn't before, now game starts and u only need to execute the "MCXResolution.exe" you desire next time u play (aslong disk is mounted). Keep in mind that the highest resolutions can cause game crashes during big missions. To workaround it start the same missions again in a lower resolution. The res I played through in test runs where 1024x768 & 1600x900. Bigger resolutions are crashing from time to time and the hud map display is shown wrong but game works with all resolutions. I recommend 1024X768. Better then original but still not to much so game can handle in all missions.

Step 12
"Example in mission 1 of my campaign after starting on win10 with 1600x900 resolution. I recommend 1024x768 played with this through all missions without any crashes or problems."
Windows 10 NOTICE!!! It is recommended to start MCG exe files with Windows XP SP2 / (98.) compability mode. Run MCXResolution.exe files with 256 colors and 8/(16)bit.


My testing systems where three Windows XP computers, one Windows 98 SE and one system with Windows 10. Game works on all of them (64/32/16bit). But only on Win98 I could start installers & Editor and other software built around. On windows vista / xp u may need burning software or virtual clone drive in order to mount ISO. I hope this helps a lot people to find a way back to play one of the best existent retro-rts games which have been ever created. Mech Commander Gold takes place 83 in the list of the best computer games ever!

Regards RizZ
« Last Edit: 14 Apr 18 by RizZen »

29 Apr 17

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Offline Roland Fürstenhöfer

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Didnt work:

Step 2: RizZen Ultimate Mod download:

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29 Apr 17

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Offline RizZen

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Links to working downloads you can get above. I uploaded the mod files on multiple platforms. Links above will be replaced, thx for info, where older patches which are already deleted that's why you got error.

Here is the development and download page with all working downloads of mod, optional files and updates for mod. It gets constantly updated each time I make new files for Mech Commander:
MCG - Darkest Hours Download Page
Short notes for Windows 10 users:
- you need directplay installed by Microsoft (free)
- start all exe files of mech commander with windows xp / windows 98 compatibility
- start game with 8bit / 256 colors (16bit also works with some graphic cards (65535 colors then)
I could start game without these settings. I'm using a geforce nvidia graphic card on windows 10. But these settings also reduce errors and crashes to a very low level so game gets playable smooth and without many bugs. I recommend 1024x768 or 1280x768 (wide-screen resolution) played both complete walkthroughs without serious or unnormal problems.
Summoner says, that he played 1900x1080 to mission 20... I can't confirm that some work with high res here some not - if game crashes I choose lower resolution and walkover it.
« Last Edit: 14 Apr 18 by RizZen »

25 Jun 17

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Offline RizZen

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Re-Opened  & Remastered

This Installing Guide only is for installing MechCommander Gold - Desperate Measures Version1.8.
For Install-Instructions of Remastered MCG Darkest Hours have a look here.
« Last Edit: 14 Apr 18 by RizZen »

14 Apr 18

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Offline RizZen

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How to play MechCommander on LINUX!

Tested: mandriva 2008.1, ubuntu 10.10

There are three basic steps to running Mechcommander Gold on Linux:

  • Install the latest version of wine – Open your Ubuntu Software Center (Ubuntu), or Install & Remove Software window (KDE) search for wine, and install your desired package. For other linux distributions see:
  • Install the game – You have two options here. You can either copy the contents of your game installation on a windows machine or the contents of the MCG disk or you can install from an ISO. If you are installing from an ISO start by opening up a root terminal. After entering your password create a directory where you will be mounting the disc using:
Code: [Select]
mkdir name_of_your_dir
Then run:

Code: [Select]
mount -o loop your_disk.iso /name_of_your_dir

replacing , “name_of_your_dir”with the directory name you wish to use for your mount folder, and “your_disk.iso” for the name of your iso file. If this works you will see the disk contents in your mount folder. In this folder run:

Code: [Select]
(make sure to set this file as executable by right clicking on it -> properties -> compatibility tab) and install as you would on a windows machine. For more info on mounting see

For more info see:

I found this here: The Game Engine

MCG Darkest Hours install note
for making MCG-DH work on Linux you need first to install the original game, then start game from MCG Darkest Hours folder like the original game - and Mod should work. So to activate MCG-DH follow the Windows 98 Installation notes for it.

Regards RizZen
« Last Edit: 14 Apr 18 by RizZen »

14 Apr 18

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Offline RizZen

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How to play MechCommander on MAC/OS!

from 10 January 2016
This WSI file will create a Wrapper and install Mechcommander Gold into that Wrapper. Follow the following steps in order to play the game:

1. Download the freeware ISO file of the game here… (click install —> download the iso)
2. After download, Mount the CD with DiscImageMounter (right-click .iso file —> open with)
3. Go to Porting Kit library —> server tab and download the Mechcommander Gold file.
4. Porting Kit will now scan the disc and run the setup file.
5. Click the standard “next ,next, next, finish” stuff without modification.
6. After installation exit the installer and Porting Kit will say that install finished.
7. Play the game on the library —> local tab
8. Have fun!

Game description
The classic Mech Commander Series was released for free by Microsoft. You play the commander of the ‘Federation Suns’ charged with ridding a planet of the forces of the evil ‘Smoke Jaguars’. The game can be played against the computer or human players on-line (either in battles or co-operative games). The player assumes the role of the commander of Zulu company from the Federated Commonwealth’s First Davion Guards, and the planet Port Arthur must be taken back from the Clan Smoke Jaguar. The plan is to systematically establish a beachhead on the planet, then cut off supply lines to the Jaguars, and finally retake cities and territories until the final mission at the Port Arthur staircase. The campaign mode is 30 missions long, divided into five operations, each six missions long.

- The free Porting Kit app
- A two Button USB mouse with scroll-wheel (recommended)

Important Notes
- The Disc Image needs to be mounted in order to play the game!

MCG Darkest Hours install note
- for making MCG-DH work on MAC you need first to install the original game, then start game from MCG Darkest Hours folder like the original game - and Mod should work. So to activate MCG-DH follow the Windows 98 Installation notes for it.

Found on: Porting-Kit Solution - alternate link Crossover.

Regards RizZ
« Last Edit: 14 Apr 18 by RizZen »