Using DXWnd

Originally developed as a tool for running fullscreen games in windowed mode, DXWnd has evolved into a suite of compatibility tools and fixes for old games. The program is regularly updated and new fixes are added all of the time. Using DXWnd is the only way to run some games on more modern versions of Windows, so if one of our guides directs you to use this tool, follow this tutorial to learn how.

First of all you need to download DXWnd. Unless instructed otherwise, you will want to grab the latest build, which can be found here. Use the green “Download” button near the top of the page. DXWnd is downloaded as a Rar archive and does not have an installer. You will need to open the Rar archive and copy the contents to a folder on your PC. If you do not have software on your PC that can open Rar archives, we recommend 7-zip. See the tutorials here for how to download and use 7-zip.

Once you have DXWnd unpacked, you can run it by clicking on the “dxwnd.exe” file. The window shown below will then appear.




To use the program, we need to add a profile for a game. Expert users can create their own by going to the Edit menu and choosing “Add”. However, it is usually much simpler to use an already created profile and tweak that as necessary. To load a profile, open the File menu and choose “Import…”




Once you click this option, a standard Windows file requester will open. Browse to the folder where you extracted the DXWnd files and open the “exports” sub folder. In this folder there are pre-made profiles for lots of games. Simply choose the game you are interested in running and then click on “Open”. You will now be back on the main DXWnd window, but you should see the profile you just imported in the window now. Before we can start the game we need to make one change to the profile. Right click on the game in the list and choose “Modify”.




You need to let DXWnd know where your game is installed. Click on the button circled in red in the picture below.




When you click this button, a file requester will open again. You now need to browse to the games installation folder and select the executable you want to use. If you don’t know where your game is installed, remember you can right click on its shortcut and choose “Open file location”.

Once you have completed this step successfully, the game should appear in your DXWnd window with a green dot after it. You can now right click on this entry and choose “Run” to start the game.




The game will now start in windowed mode. You should check that the game is running correctly now. If you want to play in windowed mode you’re all done. If you want to play in full screen mode, exit your game now and go back to the DXWnd window. Right click on the game and choose “Modify” again.




To run the game in full screen mode, make sure “Run in Window” is deselected and “Fullscreen only” is selected. Click on “OK” and then start the game again. It should now start in full screen mode. Note that some games are not compatible with full screen mode, in this case you will need to run them in a window. To compensate you can always hide your taskbar and/or change your screen resolution to a lower setting so that the games window takes up most of your monitor.

When you are done using DXWnd, don’t forget to close the program. In some rare instances, leaving it running can conflict with other software, so it is always better to close it when you are done.


  1. Rene says:

    Doesn´t work

    tried it for UFO Afthermath

    it doesn´t even start the game

  2. Nour says:

    What if the game I wanna play isn’t available in the exports?

  3. Nour says:

    Okay thanks!!

  4. Shade says:

    I want to be able to toggle the window around in windowed mode due to personal reasons. I’m playing Populous The Beginning and I want to use Dxwnd to play it online and cant find tutorials on Youtube because most of them have negative comments and dislikes and people are trolling you. Are there any better tutorials or am I stuck with not being able to move the game around like I want to so I can use Populous’s game chat client?

    • BuckoA51 says:

      This is the only tutorial we have, but I don’t think Google de-indexes Youtube videos just because some people gave them thumbs down.

      You could try something like Evolve, so you can have chat overlay while you play.

  5. dx says:

    It doesn’t even work on Diablo 2.

  6. Cman1O1Dalek says:

    will Jeff Wayne’s war of the worlds work on it???

  7. Cman1O1Dalek says:

    ok I will see

  8. TestPilot says:

    I am trying to play the game Glover on my Windows 7 PC but whenever I run it the screen flashes black every few frames. What DXWnd settings should I use to fix this?

  9. Dimitri says:

    can’t seem to get it working for commandos 3

  10. 123 says:

    great app, now i’m running old games on windows 10, works 100% fine for me

  11. Struts says:

    Every time I try to start Sid Meier’s SimGolf with this, it crashes. I keep getting the ‘DXWnD MFC has stopped working’ error. Is there a solution to this? I’m on Windows 10 64-bit, by the way.

  12. Diana says:

    I can’t run Ib. A black screen appears. Help please :(

  13. Jason says:

    Can’t get Zulu Assault to work. Please Help

  14. Steve says:

    Trying to use this for Shogun Total War. Was told it would work, but no sign of a file :(

  15. buru says:

    ADD Redline Gang Warfare 2066 please.

  16. Jacob says:

    Doesn’t work for The Settlers 4 on GOG

  17. Bill Clay says:

    Uncheck all boxes in the Properties – Compatibility section for the game.exe your are using in DXWnd, as these caused me problems.

  18. Arne says:

    How do you change the game from using only the middle of the screen the size of an A4 to full screen? I am currently playing on my TV, 43 inch.

  19. Drybone592 says:

    I’m trying to do it with older nancy drew games but I can’t find it in the export files does have any advice? I heard that if use this program you can play it windowed mode and it deletes the white borders.

  20. qwertz says:

    thanks so much for this guide! stumbled upon it trying to run Pizza Syndicate (called Fast Food Tycoon outside EU). Worked flawlessly. The game would crash when i try to ALT + TAB and there was no other way to get it to run in a window. Now i can finally play it <3

    • Hunti says:

      I’m trying the same game but dxwnd simply won’t run pizza.exe for me :/ do you know any solutions by any chance?

  21. MAK100 says:

    This program is absolutely awesome!! Great tutorial. Under the Main tab, I have to run the game (Robin Hood the Legend of Sherwood) using the Run in Window feature. The only issue I had was figuring out why I couldn’t enlarge the window because the mouse will not go outside of the play area to click on the maximize symbol. To make the window go fullscreen, change it from x,y coordinates to Desktop.

  22. MAK100 says:

    DXWnd Borderless Default Aspect Ratio Settings Windows 10

    I’m writing this in hopes that it will help others (no matter what game) that may be facing the same issues I did with the one I play. Playing in fullscreen wasn’t pleasingly aesthetic because the game was not designed for widescreen and HD resolution thus causing it to be stretched. My monitor is an LG 27″ with 3840×2160 resolution. To fix that problem, I tinkered around and came up with the following settings.


    Under the Main tab: Generic, Run in Window–Position, Hide desktop background–Keep aspect ratio–Desktop center–x 50 y 50 W 2500 H 1600

    Under the Video tab: modal–Current–Lock win style–Prevent Win Maximize–Set DPI awareness

    FPS counter, OFF–Z order, default–Screen resolution, ALL–Initial resolution, 2500×1600

    Windows size and position, Free

    Under the Mouse tab: Cursor ability, Hide–Cursor handling, correct mouse position

    Mouse clipper, DEFAULT

    On my game, (Robin Hood Legend of Sherwood that begins with a preview video) there is a minor issue. To make the mouse behave correctly, click on the actual game, then click the game icon that’s minimized on the Windows toolbar to bring the minimized window to the foreground below the actual game window and click on that. Repeat the step, and you should be good to go.

    Now, the game should look exactly like it did originally on the old monitors, with the correct aspect ratio and very good graphics.

    If someone figures out a way to avoid the mouse clicking issue at the beginning of the game, please post it.

  23. cart says:

    when running capitalism2 on dxwind, cant move mouse pointer.
    what’s correct setting?


  24. PigIlFigo32 says:

    I have a cracked gta 3 copy from 2002, it belonged to my uncle, i transferred the files over to my windows 10 pc and if i try running it, it will run like normal but with like 1/3 of the screen showing and sideways, how can i run it normally on dxwnd? i already tried importing the setup, but the game just won’t launch

  25. Mahan says:

    hey, I’ve lord of the rings battle for middle earth 2 , rise of the witch king, when I run the game, it isnt full screen and I do all the steps correctly with DxWnd but it dosnt change. same thing about when I change resoloution in games setting.

  26. Alexandr says:

    Hi. I have a problem with the mouse in Stronghold Crusader. There already is the profile in DXWnd Import but when I run the game it starts to shift the screen when I have the cursor in the middle of the screen (upper left quarter is okay, but upper right or lower right does this). Do you know how to fix it?

  27. Bradley says:

    I tried playing tanktics and when I open the game its all fine and I can click on the menu choices. But when I click a level nothing happens. Is there anything I’m doing wrong?

  28. MAK100 says:

    To the following people:

    cart, Mahan, Alexandr, Bradley.

    Did you read my posts dated June 11, 2020 at 5:06 pm and June 13, 2020 at 6:27 pm?

    They could be helpful in resolving your issues.

  29. blake says:

    Yes I tried this to open and play small soldiers globotech design lab and all it dose play for a few seconds on the tittle screen then freezes. is there anyway around this problem?

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