Fallout 3 - Game of the Year Edition
BigBoyBuckley Jan 14, 2013 @ 1:53pm
Fallout 3 GOTY working on Windows 8
As many other people, I had problems getting my Fallout 3 GOTY to work on my windows 8 computer (I probably spent 2 or more weeks surfing the internet for solutions). but I finally got it to work with these exact steps

1) install fallout 3 GOTY
2)Download this
https://www.dropbox.com/s/5ot8tm7szvlnuks/d3d9.dll
3)Then go to Program Files (x86)/Steam/steamapps/common and put the file into Fallout 3 goty
4)after that, go into Fallout 3 goty, right-click FalloutLauncher and select Properties, go to Compatibility, click "Change settings for all users", chech the box for "Run this program in compatibility mode for:" and change it to Windows 7. Click Apply
5)now Right-click Fallout3 (same folder as previous file) and do the exact thing but this time change it to Windows Vista (Service Pack 1)
6)now right-click Fallout3-Garden of Eden Creation Kit and do the same but the Compatibility for Windows 7
7)right-click GDInstall and do the same thing but change the compatibility to Windows XP (Service Pack 3)
8) go into the VCRedist folder(found in the Fallout 3 goty folder), right-click vcredist_x86 and change the compatibility to Windows Vista(make sure to update your vcredist_86 file first)
9) go back to the Fallout 3 goty folder and go into DotNetFX, right-click dotnetfx3_x64 and change its compatibility to Windows 7
10) Download GFWL(Games for Windows Live)
http://www.xbox.com/en-CA/LIVE/PC/DownloadClient
11)now go into your Fallout3 folder(located in the Fallout 3 goty folder) open FalloutPrefs and change everything to this

[Display]
iMaxDecalsPerFrame=10
iTexMipMapSkip=0
iWaterMultisamples=4
bTransparencyMultisampling=1
fSpecularLODStartFade=2000
fShadowLODStartFade=1000
fLightLODStartFade=3500
bDrawShadows=1
iActorShadowCountInt=6
iActorShadowCountExt=6
iShadowFilter=2
iShadowMapResolution=1024
iAdapter=0
iSize W=1920
iSize H=1080
iMultiSample=4
iMaxAnisotropy=15
iPresentInterval=1
bFull Screen=1
sD3DDDevice="(put what ever type of Graphics card you have in this space)"
[Grass]
b30GrassVS=0
fGrassStartFadeDistance=7000
[Imagespace]
iRadialBlurLevel=2
bDoDepthOfField=1
[Water]
bUseWaterRefractions=1
bUseWaterReflections=1
bForceHighDetailReflections=1
bAutoWaterSilhouetteReflections=0
bUseWaterDepth=1
bUseWaterDisplacements=1
iWaterReflectWidth=1024
iWaterReflectHeight=1024
bUseWaterReflectionBlur=1
iWaterBlurAmount=4
[TerrainManager]
fTreeLoadDistance=40000
fBlockLoadDistanceLow=50000
fSplitDistanceMult=1.5
[LOD]
fLODFadeOutMultActors=15
fLODFadeOutMultItems=15
fLODFadeOutMultObjects=15
[BlurShaderHDR]
bDoHighDynamicRange=0
[BlurShader]
bUseBlurShader=0
[Launcher]
bShowAllResolutions=1
uLastAspectRatio=3

11-2) you might have to add some of the codes in and then click save
12)exit out and start your game, then change your Auto-save settings off(you will have to save manually for now on) then click NEW GAME.

That's it!!!
WARNING
SOMETIMES WHEN YOU TURN YOUR GAME ON IT WILL CRASH AS SOON AS YOU LAUCH THE GAME BUT ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS LOG-OUT AND RESIGN-IN AND TRY AGAIN. WILL WORK AFTER TWO OR THREE TIMES(who knows, you might just get in on the first try every time)
Last edited by BigBoyBuckley; Jan 16, 2013 @ 1:47pm
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BigBoyBuckley Jan 15, 2013 @ 12:47pm 
Ignore the warning part, that only happened to me 2 times and now it works fine
zixise Jan 16, 2013 @ 3:18pm 
will this work for 7 too? do you know
BigBoyBuckley Jan 16, 2013 @ 4:02pm 
if you dont download the d3d9.dll link maybe but other then that i dont know, sorry.
Originally posted by zixise:
will this work for 7 too? do you know
bigboss0998 Jan 21, 2013 @ 6:05pm 
YES!!!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH! THIS GOT ME THE GAME TO RUN NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I thank you for taking your time to help other Fallout fans get to play Fallout 3 any way possible. THANK YOU again!
BigBoyBuckley Jan 22, 2013 @ 5:54am 
your welcome
Originally posted by bigboss0998:
YES!!!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH! THIS GOT ME THE GAME TO RUN NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I thank you for taking your time to help other Fallout fans get to play Fallout 3 any way possible. THANK YOU again!
bigboss0998 Jan 22, 2013 @ 5:15pm 
hey can you help me with something else? I downoaded a few mods after doing what your guide said and now when I try to load the game, there is a pop-up saying that Fallout 3 has stopped working and I've tried rebooting already. Any tips or solutions?
BigBoyBuckley Jan 23, 2013 @ 10:06am 
sorry but I haven't tried any mods on this game yet(with the windows 8 version) so i wouldn't know what to do so im sorry, i cant help you with this situation.
Originally posted by bigboss0998:
hey can you help me with something else? I downoaded a few mods after doing what your guide said and now when I try to load the game, there is a pop-up saying that Fallout 3 has stopped working and I've tried rebooting already. Any tips or solutions?
Aeceus Jan 23, 2013 @ 10:22am 
It seems i can't download GFWL. When i try to it fails at live id sign in assistant. Is anybody else having this problem/know how to fix?
fayers89 Jan 23, 2013 @ 3:58pm 
Hey just wondering do you think this will work on the PC DVD GOTY edition?
BigBoyBuckley Jan 23, 2013 @ 4:06pm 
it wouldnt hurt to try
Originally posted by fayers89:
Hey just wondering do you think this will work on the PC DVD GOTY edition?
fayers89 Jan 23, 2013 @ 4:20pm 
cool I'll try it tomorrow and see if I have any luck fixing this ordinal 5359 error
GreyDark Jan 24, 2013 @ 3:45am 
I downloaded and installed F3 Goty over Steam. After the Launcher, the game didnt started (nothing happens). Then i installed Games for Windows Live, logged me in, and F3 Goty works fine without Problems :)
Edit: yes on ah Win8 Machine
Last edited by GreyDark; Jan 24, 2013 @ 3:46am
blackdragon4034 Jan 24, 2013 @ 4:57am 
Thank you soo much I got this game over a month ago and after following your steps I can now play me some Fallout 3 on PC. The PS3 version I got can GTFO now
GelatinousGentleman Feb 2, 2013 @ 9:28am 
Why can't I change the resoultion in game?
onedumbguy Mar 22, 2013 @ 9:24am 
i was just able to get it working after installing the file and putting it in fallout 3 and now it works fine
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