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How to play the CD Retail/WON version of Half-Life online, without Steam.
By barney and 1 collaborators
Hello, everyone! Today I will show you how to get online with the old version of Half-Life 1 that didn't use Steam! This will also work for Counter-Strike, Opposing Force, Decay, and other mods like Sven-Coop 3.0, Team Fortress, Deathmatch Classic, etc.
What is WON?
WON stands for World Opponent Network. The network was what Valve used to host servers on Half-Life back in the day. Half the world's servers were shut down in 2003 when Steam was released. In 2004, around the release of Half-Life 2, WON's final servers were shut down, and WON was never to be seen again. So if someone talks about the "WON" version of HL, they're talking about the old CD version.

Okay, what is WON2?
WON2 (originally called 'Steamless CS Project) is a fan-made network for the WON version of Half-Life. It lets you play the WON version of Half-Life and it's mods.

How many games are used on WON2?
A few servers are for Half-Life, none are for Team Fortress Classic, Ricochet, Deathmatch Classic, e.g.
However, people mostly play the latest version of Counter-Strike beta, and the retail Counter-Strike 1.5 (Steam version is 1.6)
If you want to make a LAN server or a Dedicated Server using WON2, it is possible to do it yourself. It will work for any mod you want, as long as it works in There is a tutorial on how to do it on their website[v5.steamlessproject.nl] or won2.net
Setting up WON2:
Setting up WON2 is very easy, and free! No registration is required.
1. Install Half-Life from your CD.
First, you need to install Half-Life from your CD. You MUST install Half-Life before any other GoldSrc games are installed. It should say on the back of the box,
Originally posted by Back of the box.:
Half-Life or Half-Life Game of the Year Edition
If you install a mod like Counter-Strike before Half-Life, this error will appear.

2. Check the version.
Now you need to check your version after installing. Open Half-Life, and it should say in the bottom-right corner.

3. Update the version to
If it does say, skip this step. If it doesn't say or, read this step.

First, download the update file.[files.steamlessproject.nl]
If you use Counter-Strike, get this.[files.steamlessproject.nl]
4. Installing mods. (or mod list)
If you would like to install mods from the internet, here is the list. (only 3 mods atm)

Sven-Coop 3.0

Counter-Strike 1.5[files.steamlessproject.nl]

Half-Life: Decay (in Decay setup, when it asks you for what steam account, click cancel, and the the text box type C:\Sierra\Half-Life)
5. Installing WON2 itself.
Now you can install WON2!! Click here[v5.steamlessproject.nl] to get it.

Now, your game is set up. Now you need to install the server plugin. The server plugin installer will also update your game version to No need to worry about that. In the set up, it will ask you what WON2 server you want to use. I reccomend using Worldwide.
6. Testing WON2.
Now to see if it works. First, in Half-Life, go to Multiplayer, Internet Games, and click Update List.

Does it work? Tell me below!
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MSDOS622 Apr 25 @ 12:02pm 
Counter Strike update give me an error saying

You are attempting to install a Counter-Strike
Update that is the incorrect language version.

You are currently running the version of
Counter-Strike. This update is for the English
version of Counter-Strike.

Installation will now exit.

IDK why it doesn't work, i'm using the english version of CS.
yne Apr 2 @ 6:53pm 
Not sure if this is the correct place. Wanted to install the original Half-Life that people use in the WON speedruns. Is it possible to do it without the original CD itself? I have bought the current version of Half-Life on Steam, but think that one has bug fixes regarding speed cap and all that bhop stuff. Is there any way around this?
jupiterkiller666 Feb 15 @ 6:03am 
won 2 is not working:steamsad:
barney  [author] Nov 16, 2019 @ 5:26am 
It still works to this day, and there are still lots of people on it
BIG_Clarky Nov 11, 2019 @ 5:09pm 
Does this still work? I might test this out!
brazzjazz Jul 24, 2019 @ 4:34pm 
Wow, I was hoping something like this would exist!
abu* Sep 23, 2017 @ 6:49am 
Oops sorry , here'a link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTyHAwvEA9Q or just typ WON in the search bar on my channel :
barney  [author] Sep 22, 2017 @ 11:58am 
@abu* the link is trying to go to your channel edit page. Please go to “My channel” and then send over the link.
barney  [author] Sep 22, 2017 @ 11:57am 
@abu* thank you! I will watch them!!
abu* Sep 12, 2017 @ 9:52am 
I have some won HLAG matches on my youtube channel , just typ WON into the searchbar of my channel , here an example - https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=KTyHAwvEA9Q